Shute's speculative glance into the future of the British Empire. An elderly clergyman stationed in the Australian bush is called to the bedside of a dying derelict. In his delirium Stevie tells a story of England in 1983 through the medium of a squadron air pilot in the service of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the rainy season. Drunk and delirious, an old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world...
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About the Author
Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began writing and he published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926, using the name Nevil Shute to protect his engineering career. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they had two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death in 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), A Town Like Alice (1950), and On the Beach (1957).
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In the Wet based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Very strange book. I would recommend it to people who are interested in reincarnation or who are into looking at books that in the story expressed prophetic (and some not so prophetic) visions of the future.brief synopsis:Written in 1952, In the Wet is situated mainly in England but starts out in Australia. The local parish priest goes out to an isolated house to attend to the dying of the local town drunk and ne'er do well named Stevie. (For some reason, the blurb on the bookcover gives his name as Georgie, and I was so dumb I kept waiting for Georgie to appear in the story!). Stevie is being tended by a Chinese man, Liang Shih, who raises & sells fresh veggies to the locals, and stereotypically he is an opium smoker. The priest & the sister who came with him decide that if Stevie needs the opium to help him with his pain, so be it, so he smokes a few pipefuls while he's dying. The priest himself isn't in such great shape; he gets hit with another round of recurring malaria and is suffering from fever while he sits holding Stevie's hand. So the priest asks Stevie if he has a wife or anyone they can contact & Stevie throws out the name "Rosemary." He begins to tell the priest about Rosemary, and from there comes out the story that is the major thrust of this book -- it is the story of David Anderson who insists on being called "Nigger" by his friends and serves in the Royal Australian Air Force as the pilot to the Royal Family. Now you could chalk this up to the fact that Stevie's totally stoned, but the strange part is that Anderson's story takes place in the future, and that a lot of things that Stevie tells just frankly haven't happened at the time in which the novel is set.So, you could argue that In the Wet is Shute's "prophecies" about England & the entire British Commonwealth. It is also a look at the fate of the Queen and the royal family, almost in an alternate setting -- there have been three wars; England has suffered under thirty years of socialist misrule; mass out-migration by British people to other countries of the Commonwealth, which stand in contrast to the shabby vision of England as flourishing & prosperous places to be. I liked this book. I was admittedly a little taken aback and to be honest, a little put off by the use of Anderson's nickname and I think that this factor got in the way of my reading, but then again, the book was written originally in 1952 so I guess I can overlook that. I thought the characterizations were good -- a little stereotypical, but again, probably a product of the times. The story was intriguing & kept me reading.
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