Nevil Shute wrote this prophetic novel just before the start of the Second World War. In it he imagines the devastation that results from an aerial bomb attack on Southampton that destroys the city's infrastructure and leaves the inhabitants at the mercy of cholera and further assaults. Against this dramatic backdrop, Shute grippingly chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Corbett family as they struggle to get to safety.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Sold by:||Random House|
|File size:||2 MB|
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Just finished reading this on the advice of my sister, who got it from our mother, and avid reader of old books. This was written in 1939, I believe, and is the tale of a staid Englishman and his young family who are, quite unexpectedly, thrust into the throngs of war. As they escape the incessent bombing of their small English town in their cramped and ailing boat, the reader, like the characters themselves, is struck by the sheer absurdity of this whole ordeal.