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Pastoral From an Oxfordshire air base Wellington bombers fly missions into Germany Only a handful of crews have survived the war long enough to become experienced Peter Marshall is captain of one crew When he

  • Title: Pastoral
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From an Oxfordshire air base, Wellington bombers fly missions into Germany Only a handful of crews have survived the war long enough to become experienced Peter Marshall is captain of one crew When he falls in love with Gervase, her rebuff nearly costs him his concentration and life Their relationship blossoms when he has only five missions to go As they tick by,From an Oxfordshire air base, Wellington bombers fly missions into Germany Only a handful of crews have survived the war long enough to become experienced Peter Marshall is captain of one crew When he falls in love with Gervase, her rebuff nearly costs him his concentration and life Their relationship blossoms when he has only five missions to go As they tick by, tension mounts.

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    1. "Pastoral" was one of the many Nevil Shute novels I read when I was 12. I later ran into it again in 1973 in a British bookstore in Bangkok . At the time (the tail-end of the Viet Nam War) I was a WAF captain stationed at an air base on the central plateau of Thailand.I wondered if Gervase Robertson, the heroine I had read so many years before, had led me there--into the Air Force in a time of war.

    2. I'm not sure why Nevil Shute isn't a better known writer, as this is the second book of his that ended up being absolutely wonderful. This story of a British bomber pilot during World War II who falls in love with a female officer felt realistic and romantic at the same time. Shute's real war-time experience could be seen throughout the book and his gift for writing strong, capable female characters has never been better. I'd definitely recommend this one.

    3. I've been rereading Nevil Shute books as my Mom has a collection of them in her room at the nursing home. It's rather like meeting old friends as I probably first read them in my early 20's. They tell of a different time and it is important when reading them to remember when they were written. Pastoral tells of a romance which develops at an airbase in WW2. It tells of the camraderie of men who go out on bombing sorties over Germany and how important teamwork and trust is if they wish to return [...]

    4. I don't know what it is about Nevil Shute's writing that is so absorbing. It's the very essence of simplicity and understatement, filled with careful, seemingly mundane details of his characters' lives. Perhaps that's what makes it so lifelike. His characters are very human, very ordinary and yet interesting. The main plot of Pastoral also seems simple: a romance between a young R.A.F. bomber pilot and a girl from the W.A.A.F. signalers on his post. Their initial attraction and friendship and th [...]

    5. Though I much prefer A Town Like Alice and read it over every few years, this pastoral view of WWII has its own draw. You would think it would be about farming during the war, but more the healing effect of nature on those who must risk life to serve us. The romantic aspect touches deeply a part of human nature many of us have experienced. The idea that we fall in love at different times and some relationships are ruined before they even have a chance to begin. This one has a chance to heal in a [...]

    6. I gather no one reads Nevil Shute any more, which at first seems odd, given how obsessed we are with the Second World War as our national foundation myth. Maybe it's because myths are basically lies and these books are at times uncomfortably true. Anyway, bombing Germany, fishing, and falling in love: what more would you want from a novel?

    7. I can't help myself, 5 Stars, Nevil Shute has never failed to deliver a great story. This one just makes you feel good.

    8. Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksBack when my mom was growing up and general practitioner doctors were the norm, people used to refer to having a family doctor. We don’t have a family doctor, but we do have a family author (as in, an author the family loves, not an author to whom we are related). All the women on my mom’s half of the family, and there are a ton of us, are obsessed with the writings of Nevil Shute. I don’t know that many Americans that stockpile Nevil Shute books l [...]

    9. Do you ever just want a good story? I’m not talking about a murder mystery, whodunnit, spy doublecross. I’m talking about a story with good characters with real emotions that you like. A story where it hardly matters where it goes because you’re just happy to go with it. For me, Pastoral was that kind of story. Pastoral is a simple story of a Royal Air Force pilot that falls in love with a female officer on his base during the height of World War II. The situation of the time is tense (the [...]

    10. Peter Marshall is a flight officer in the R.A.F. and Gervase Robertson is a signals officer in the W.A.A.F. during WWII. Both are stationed at Hartley Magna. Peter's work has him flying bomber missions over Germany. Gervase's job is to record the progress of the aircraft as they report back to the base during those missions. A romance between the two develops. For awhile, they can proceed with their work and not find the relationship interferring, but eventually it does, and decisions need to be [...]

    11. I think I would have rated this three stars but my infatuation with Frank Muller narrations bumped it up to a four. An interesting love story, certainly. Set in WWII England, a talented young bomber pilot falls in love with a WAAF officer. The young woman rebuffs him, insisting that wartime duties take precedence over his embarrassing obsession. Then he falls to pieces, endangering himself and his crew. Uncomfortably, the young woman feels compelled to give her suitor a second chance, which she [...]

    12. This was a pleasant enough read, but it loses a star due to the outdated gender attitudes. Given that it was written 70 years ago this shouldn't come as a surprise, but nevertheless it's not a book I'd encourage my daughters to read, at least not until they are old enough to snort in scorn at some of the motivations.

    13. Well, as usual the gender politics are a little disturbing ("she began to understand the responsibility of being an attractive woman"--really??) but also as usual I couldn't put it down and found myself missing it once I finished. Pretty much your standard Nevil Shute experience.

    14. I was a bit annoyed at the overall plot- girl gets bullied into marrying a pilot during WW2- but I suppose back in the 40's and 50's the story might have been received a bit better. Otherwise, this was a good book, and reminded me a lot of the series Foyle's War. Nevil Shute is the author of A Town Like Alice, as well, and I really liked that one, so I grabbed Pastoral when it turned up on the community free books shelf. The copy I read was smoke damaged, as if it survived a housefire or spent a [...]

    15. A real pleasure to read, and a reminder of just how young many of the RAF and WAAF members were during the war. This story lifts the veil of time to look back at a countryside airbase, and considers how the crews passed their time, and how delicate it was to build relationships whilst being aware of the operational responsibilities and dangers. There are some vivid sections in flight, and a very moving visit to an elderly widow to ask a favour. In many ways a long short story, but full of charm. [...]

    16. Great aviation storyThis is an awesome WW2 aviation story. It took a while to get used to the authors run on style of writing but it actually fitted well with the story as a reader you can’t stop because you want to know what happens next. The writing style gets a bit jumbled and more regular breaks in chapters would make the reading easier but the story itself was amazing. Loved the book in the end.

    17. This book takes place in 1944; the protagonist is a young RAF pilot who falls in love with a WAAF signals operator at the bomber station. It gives insights into the midnight mission flights of the RAF, but the emphasis is on the love story.

    18. “It all Started with a Fish” Nevil Schute’s poignant love story set during the early years of WW1 will haunt readers long after the antic-climactic last paragraphs by an unknown 1st person narrator. It was an era of outstanding personal courage on the part of the pilots of the RAF—an era ofoutstanding devotion to Britain’s gallant war effort by the dedicated women in the WAAF. Despite the misleading title (hinting of a story set in an idyllic countryside, with sheep grazing peacefully) [...]

    19. Peter Marshall ist im 2. Weltkrieg Bomberpilot und fliegt vom englischen Stützpunkt Hartley aus eine Mission nach der anderen über Deutschland. Er gehört inzwischen zu den dienstältesten und erfahrensten Piloten, kaum einer hat mehr Einsätze heil überstanden als er, und ihm eilt ein guter Ruf voraus. Sein ganzes Leben kreist um Hartley, und schließlich verliebt er sich Hals über Kopf in eine junge Funkerin, Gervase, die ebenfalls auf dem Stützpunkt lebt und arbeitet.Doch die Beziehung e [...]

    20. Lovely little book by Nevil Shute, who must surely be an underrated 20th century author. I will never forget reading "A Town like Alice" in high school.

    21. Yet another great book by Shute. I don't know why I never read his books before. Peter Marshall is a bomber pilot at the Hartley aerodrome in Oxfordshire and falls in love with Gervase Robertson, a WAAF signal officer at the base. She isn't anxious to settle down right away. Peter and his crew have been together quite awhile and work well together. They also all like to fish. After Gervase tells Peter she isn't ready to marry him, and perhaps they shouldn't see each other, Peter becomes short wi [...]

    22. Another of Mr. Shute's WW II novels. Published in 1944, this upbeat story features a budding romance between a young British bomber pilot and a WAAF section officer at an air base in England. The story moves slowly at first, but gathers momentum as the young woman initially rebuffs the pilot's advances, affecting his concentration on his flying. The latter stages of the novel come up more closely to Mr. Shute's usual narrative standards, particularly a moving set piece involving an elderly local [...]

    23. Pastoral tells the story of a wartime romance in a careful, understated manner that slowly draws you in. Using a simple, elegant writing style, Shute creates a detached tone that lets him depict very harrowing situations in a way that lets you relate. The bombing mission scenes are intense, and you get a very vivid sense of the daily rhythms and challenges of life on an air base. The thoughts about teamwork and leadership seem very modern, if the gender politics aren't. Remember, though, that it [...]

    24. There isn't much wrong with this novel. Written in 1943, it describes a love affair between a British bomber pilot and a WAAF. I would like to think that the characters are realistically portrayed, because they're good-hearted, proficient, ethical and innocent despite the superheated atmosphere of WWII. Perhaps the description of the lovers is a bit naive, but that doesn't take away from the narrative. The flying stories are highly realistic. That makes sense because Shute was an aircraft engine [...]

    25. Peter Marshall is a WWII bomber pilot. He and his crew have a superb record of success in a very large number of raids over Germany. After falling in love with WAAF Officer Gervase Robertson and proposing to her, she turns him down saying that her professional wartime responsibilities must take precedence over what she might feel for him. This rejection causes him concentration to slip with a resulting decrease in his efficiency as a pilot and friction with his crew.Peter makes an unusual offer [...]

    26. I almost always like Nevil Shute's books. I first read "A Town Like Alice" after the PBS series had been made, and that got me reading "On the Beach", and then anything else by him that I could find. This one is a very short novel, set in wartime Great Britain, about the romance between an RAF pilot and a WAAF working at the same airfield. It's just a quick little snapshot of wartime life and love. The only drawback is some of the dialogue is particular to the time and place, and so it's unfamil [...]

    27. A superb wartime story - evoking unforgettably the life of bomber pilots and the romance engendered among a section who never knew which mission could be their last. A number of well-drawn characters - somehow my favourite is Peter Johnson - round up the narrative while some scenes are breath-taking - the protagonist's desperate attempt to safely land his well-pranged aircraft while singing "A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square" is one that will be well remembered after you have read this book. [...]

    28. Another of my string of Nevil Shute, World War II love stories. In this one, World War II pilot Peter Marshall leads the most successful bombing crew at his airbase, having survived an unusual number of extremely dangerous missions over Germany. But when he can't convince the WAAF officer of his dreams to marry him, his crew and missions are threatened by his distraction and disappointment. Again, the atmosphere is what grabs me. The characters are pretty stereotyped. My favorite of Shute's is T [...]

    29. This author was a brilliant story-teller who, in his own quiet fashion, brings to life all the drama and passion of a nation at war. His characters are simply drawn but one feels instinctively that one knows them, and understands their pain. This story of a young pilot in love with one of the girls at his air base couldn't be more commonplace, yet at the same time is a hang-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I'm filing it in my Women in Wartime bookshelf because the female character is equally [...]

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