When a young Englishwoman named Jennifer Morton leaves London to visit relatives on their sheep ranch in the Australian outback, she falls in love both with the gloriously beautiful country and with Carl, a Czech refugee who was a doctor in his own land and now works as a lumberjack. They are brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, but their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.
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).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Far Country based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I really couldn't believe how terrible and pointless this novel was. The beginning was so good and every sign seemed to be pointing to delightful novel, but then it all just petered out. The heroine was insipid and dull. She asked the same questions over and over and had no witty conversation whatsoever with the hero. Two whole chapters are spent on a idoitic house while the characters themselves are never fully developed. I still am amazed I finished the book. Here's some advice: stick with A Town Like Alice. In fact, I consider it amazing that A Town Like Alice is one of the best books I've ever read, and that A Far Country is one of the worst. And both are by the same Author! It's almost too incredible to believe. Ok, perhaps I'm a little dramatic, but it was a very bad book. Sorry Nevil.