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To a bedraggled pedestrian he is amazed to discover an old wartime comrade from the Royal Flying C. I was an ardent Nevil Shute fan as a teenager Still am I plan to read all his books again So Disdained is Nevil Shute s second book written in 1927 whilst he was working on the gigantic R100 Airship at Howden Yorkshire He was the airship s mathematicianchief calculator working during the day with the great engineer Barnes Wallis For relaxation Shute started writing novels during the evenings It paid off with him later becoming the most popular author in the world for a time It is interesting to observe his writing craft develop Reading this book reminds me of watching a very English 1940 s black and white film and it seems structured that way The characters are a bit thin and there is a series of improbable coincidences But I suppose we should remind ourselves that coincidences are perfectly acceptable in art Shute tends to depict the Fascisti as the good guys in Italy as they were fighting the Communists Communism was stirring in Britain at the time and some mistakenly thought Fascism was the antidote not realizing it was just another head of the same socialist two headed rabid dog Shute portrays the overall decency of the English gentlemen of the 1920 s era with their sense of fair play An enjoyable easy read

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So Disdained

One rainy night Peter Moran is driving across the Sussex countryside When he stops to give a lift. From the preface And then none shall be unto them so odious and disdained as the traitours who have solde their countrie to a straunger and forsaken their faith and obedience contrarie to nature or religion and contrarie to that humane and general honour not onely of Christians but of heathen and irreligious nations who have always sustained what labour soever and embraced even death itself for their countrie prince and commonwealth Sir Walter Raleigh I m not sure what it is but when I read one of Nevil Shute s novels I find them so engaging Like chocolates once started it is hard to stop until the box is empty until the novel endsThis was his second published novel and was written in 1928 In a sense it is a Good Samaritan story and the narrator Peter Moran comes upon a pilot who crash landed is ill with malaria and so he takes him in Peter Moran is the agent for a Lord s estate in Sussex and his home is a small house on the estate He isn t even sure himself why he feels compelled to help Maurice Lenden aside from the fact that they were both pilots during WWIIt is fascinating to me that this novel predicts a break with Russia that didn t come to fruition until decades later It is prescient in depicting political and social incidents and attitudes that end up being all too real in future decadesThis book has a couple of fascinating flying seuences It also has a tough and scenic description of a hike through mountainous terrain in Italy I also enjoyed the characterization of Sheila and of Molly Mary who is Maurice Lenden s wife Considering the story is placed early in the 20th Century these women are strong capable and independentI thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and once again look forward to reading of Nevil Shute s gripping novels in the months ahead

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Orps Moran's loyalty is tested as he agrees to help his friend even though he has acted treasonabl. Peter Moran is driving home one evening in the rain when he comes upon a man walking along the road He offers him a ride and recognizes him immediately as a fellow pilot from his regiment during WWI He asks if he s Maurice Landen and the man denies it giving another name Peter pushes it because he s sure and finally Maurice acknowledges it is indeed him Peter takes him home with him that night and Maurice begins to share what s he s been doing since the war The final bit of the tale is that he s been living and working in Russia and is currently in England because he was flying a night mission for the Russians taking photos of something going on in Portsmouth Maurice wants to return to Russia to deliver the plates of photos Peter is divided in his loyalties protect his country or protect his friend I d read a number of Nevil Shute books over the years but had never read this one They re getting very hard to find and I found this one in a second hand store I really enjoyed it The story line moves along uickly and draws you in There are several side stories which all fit together and add to the drama and suspense Reading this makes me want to try to locate some of his other books and find out what I ve been missing out on all these years


10 thoughts on “So Disdained

  1. says:

    From the preface ”And then none shall be unto them so odious and disdained as the traitours who have solde their countrie to a straunger and forsaken their faith and obedience contrarie to nature or religion; and contrarie to that humane and general honour not onely of Christians but of heathen and irreligious nations who have always sustained what labour soever and embraced even death itself for their countrie prin

  2. says:

    This post Great war epsionage thriller set in the world of private aviation falls short of the very high standard set by other Shute works I've read 4 out of 12

  3. says:

    This is one of Nevil Shute's earlier works written in 1928 and even with his early writings you can see his uniue

  4. says:

    I was an ardent Nevil Shute fan as a teenager Still am I plan to read all his books again So Disdained is Nevil Shute’s

  5. says:

    It pains me to give any novel by Nevil Shute fewer than five stars but he hadn't uite hit his stride yet in this his second of 26 gripping novels Usually I feel a real emotional bond with the characters but I didn't uite connect to the main character Peter Moran and the love interest Sheila However this novel still features the Shute trademark ordinary people going about their everyday business who are sudden

  6. says:

    A funny little story really about one man who ambles into espionage for lack of other options and another who sees him for who he is and tries to help him rather than turn him in They were both likeable despite flaws But who wouldn't like a character whose hobby is composing musical scores? Also enjoyable the entire Sussex area is apparently happy to conceal a foreign plane and engage in secretly flying after Russian

  7. says:

    Peter Moran is driving home one evening in the rain when he comes upon a man walking along the road He offers him a ride and recognizes him imm

  8. says:

    One of Shute's earliest books written before he had really settled in to his style It has the fussiness that one expects from him without the saving grace of a rattling good story He fails to bring out the relatio

  9. says:

    Brilliant idea and superb execution

  10. says:

    These old Nevile Shute books this is about the second one published uite appeal to me as they are couched in a stern rather formal English of a bye gone time This one is set in 1927 and the base is the south downs are in West Sussex that is a dozen miles from my house and an area that is well known to me That time was so different the farm