In the Wet

In the Wet

Book - 2009
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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...
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780099530046
009953004X
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,20 cm.

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Oct 07, 2018

All of Nevil Shute's books are worth reading.

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wyenotgo
Aug 28, 2015

Every so often, Shute liked to spin one of his favorite "tricks", suddenly shifting from one situation into an entirely different time and place, with his main characters transported in some supernatural or strangely spiritual manner. He did that very skillfully in "An Old Captivity" and "Lonely Road" and again here. As long as the reader is willing to suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride, it can be very effective. In this case, he over-reaches by speculating on a future of his own imagining and the tale is made less appealing because of Shute's decision to color it with his own off-beat political views; the fact that the future evolved in a vastly different manner than he envisioned renders it even less credible when read today. So, this is a book for those who, like myself have a great liking for Shute and his old-fashioned style. Despite those flaws, it's still a compelling story, largely because his main character David is such a likeable fellow. Rock-ribbed socialists and anti-royalists will detest this book. Devotees of Ayn Rand would probably love it regardless of its weaknesses.

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