Round the Bend

Round the Bend

by Nevil Shute


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When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter's business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin's fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, the friendship will transform Cutter's life.

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ISBN-13: 9780708982372
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/01/1985
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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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Round the Bend 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and loved it. The point that a man could appreciate all religions and not see his own as the be all end all made a great impression on me, a teenaged catholic. It would be wonderful if more peaple now would read it and learn that bigotry is the sin.
Andrew Grogan More than 1 year ago
A sweet simple story that, being written in a different age, may seem politically incorrect, is yet a subtle and human call for tolerance and understanding. A little gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always felt that this book was an influence on Pirsig (ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENENCE). Its a lovely book.
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aliciamalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like his other novels, this is very interesting, epic in scope, and a pleasure to read. It deals with airplanes, life, love, and religion--you could say that it's got it all. I prefer A Town Like Alice, but this is a close second.
F.Langman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tale of a man who starts an air charter service in the East after the war.His best friend has a spiritual attitude to the work and inspires all those around him regardless of their denominations. A great read and one of Nevil Shutes best novels.
JudithProctor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Coth for giving me my copy."Round the Bend" is a curious book in many ways. To me, it actually has a flavour of science fiction. It's writing about a world very different to mine - the world of my parents.Technology is very different. Aviation is still taking off. It takes a couple of weeks to travel half-way round the world in a small plane. The world is still a large place and people have very little knowledge of what life is like in other countries.Racial prejudice is a basic fact of life. The idea of marrying someone of another race is inconceivable - not in the sense that it is terrible, but because you literally would never conceive of doing so. People of non-white races get lower wages as a matter of course, or may be banned totally from working in some places.Set against this background, what we actually have is a novel about people of different races and faiths working together in harmony. It's the world of aviation pilots and engineers, where the shared fascination with planes leads to respect and friendship.It's also a world (which reminded me a little of 'Stranger in a Strange Land') where one man can start a new form of religion.What I like about Shute is that he tells the story. He never rants on (and nor do his characters) about things being good or bad - they live their lives and deal with things as they are. He doesn't try to manipulate the reader.His characters are seen through the eye of the engineer.Shute isn't big on description - his characters travel over a large part of Asia, but if you're looking for, say, a detailed description of a Hindu temple, then you won't find it. His character visits a temple and is entertained by it, but that's all you learn. He saves his love for airstrips and engines. The odd thing is that the descriptions of long flights and the navigation checks, etc. don't become boring, rather, they help to set the pace of the novel.The story is told in the amount of time that is right for it. It doesn't rush through its plot in the way some more modern books do. Shute is not the man for gangland shoot-outs and madcap stunts. His tales are of more ordinary people.Sometimes, ordinary people achieve the extra-ordinary - while still remaining themselves. This is Shute's strength as a writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First result where?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He with held the information that he had sakka as a sibling. I have to go. I'll explain more at the other camp tommorow.