The Chequer Board

The Chequer Board

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by Nevil Shute
     
 

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John Turner, a young man with a checkered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time in search of three very different men he met in the hospital during the war, each of them in trouble of some kind: a pilot whose wife had betrayed him, a young corporal charged with killing a civilian in a brawl, and a black G.I. wrongly

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John Turner, a young man with a checkered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time in search of three very different men he met in the hospital during the war, each of them in trouble of some kind: a pilot whose wife had betrayed him, a young corporal charged with killing a civilian in a brawl, and a black G.I. wrongly accused of the attempted rape of a white English girl. As Turner discovers where these men have landed on the checkerboard of life, he learns about compassion, tolerance, and second chances, and overcomes his fear of death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345321749
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/12/1985

Meet 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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Chequer Board 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I wish it weren't so expensive.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have never read a Nevil Shue book that I would Rate lower than 4 stars
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite their different origins Buddhism and Christianity have basically the same rules of morality for lay people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago