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A Town Like Alice (United States title: The Legacy) is an economic development and romance novel by Nevil Shute, published in when Shute had newly. A Town Like Alice - site edition by Nevil Shute. Romance site eBooks @ garfstontanguicon.tk Editorial Reviews. Review. A harrowing, exciting, and in the end very satisfying war romance. . Update: there is a site version of the original at site: http:// garfstontanguicon.tk
The directors of the Kuala Perak Plantation Company, linking compassion with their quest for first-class staff, wrote to the widow offering to keep a position for the boy Donald as soon as he became nineteen. This was a good opening and one that they all welcomed; it meant that Donald was headed for Malaya and for rubber-planting as a career.
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The Malay language became a matter of importance in giving him a good start, for very few boys of nineteen going to the East for their first job can speak an Oriental language.
That shrewd Scotswoman, their mother, saw to it that the children did not forget Malay. Jean had liked Southampton well enough, and she had had a happy childhood there in a gentle orbit of home, school, the Regal cinema, and the ice-skating rink.
We skated there about twice a week ever since I can remember, and it was always lovely. The music, and the clean, swift movement, and all the boys and girls. The coloured lights, the crowd, and the ring of skates.
I got quite good at it. Mummy got me a costume—black tights and bodice, and a little short skirt, you know. Aborigines are referred to as " boongs " or " abos ". It is also assumed that non-whites must use different shops and bars from whites and that they are less reliable than whites.
But these attitudes are often presented not in a racist, but an ironic sense: Another theme is the situation of women in Western and Asian society at that period. For example, Jean Paget is not given full control of the money she inherited from her uncle, but has her capital managed by male lawyers.
Also the Malayan women are subject to their husbands. Jean Paget makes a move toward female emancipation by digging a well in a Malayan village, so that the women of this village no longer have to carry their water for two miles each day, and also have a meeting place next to the well where they can discuss village affairs without being heard by the male villagers.
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However, this must be done with the approval of the men. A third theme is that of entrepreneurship , and especially the role that entrepreneurs may play in community building.
Instead of living on the income from her inheritance, Jean Paget puts it to good use to make Willstown a better place. Geysel-Vonck whom Shute met while visiting Sumatra in However, the Nevil Shute foundation insists that this was a misunderstanding, and that the women were merely transported from prison camp to prison camp by the Japanese.
This was possibly the luckiest misunderstanding of his life Shute based the character of Harman on Herbert James "Ringer" Edwards , an Australian veteran of the Malayan campaign, whom Shute met in at a station ranch in Queensland.
He had later escaped execution a second time, when his " last meal " of chicken and beer could not be obtained. Crucifixion or Haritsuke was a form of punishment or torture that the Japanese sometimes used against prisoners during the war. The fictional "Willstown" is reportedly based on Burketown and Normanton in Queensland, which Shute also visited in In a note to the text, Shute makes it known to the reader that a forced march of women by the Japanese did indeed take place during World War II, but the women in question were Dutch, not British, and the march was in Sumatra, not Malaya.
This film was known as Rape of Malaya in U.
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It was shown in Japan under the title Malay Death March: It won a Sony Award in My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. Flag as Inappropriate. Email this Article. A Town Like Alice. A Town Like Alice First edition. Literary imagination and the prisoner-of-war experience St Lucia: Willstown is described as "a fair cow".
Meanwhile, Joe has met a pilot who helped repatriate the women, from whom he learns that Jean survived the war and that she was never married.
He travels to London to find her, using money won in a lottery. He finds his way to Strachan's office, but is told that she has gone travelling in the Far East. Disappointed, he gets drunk and is arrested, but is bailed out by Strachan. Without revealing Jean's actual whereabouts, Strachan persuades Joe to return home by ship and intimates that he may well receive a great surprise there.
While staying in Willstown, awaiting Joe's return, Jean learns that most young girls have to leave the town to find work in the bigger cities. Having worked with a firm in Britain that produced crocodile- leather luxury goods, she gets the idea of founding a local workshop to make shoes from the skins of crocodiles hunted in the outback.
With the help of Joe and of Noel Strachan, who releases money from her inheritance, she starts the workshop, followed by a string of other businesses; an ice-cream parlour, a public swimming pool and shops. The third part of the book shows how Jean's entrepreneurship gives a decisive economic impact to develop Willstown into "a town like Alice"; also Jean's help in rescuing an injured stockman, which breaks down many local barriers. The story closes a few years later, with an aged Noel Strachan visiting Willstown to see what has been done with the money he has given Jean to invest.
He reveals that the money which Jean inherited was originally made in an Australian gold rush, and he is satisfied to see the money returning to the site of its making. Jean and Joe name their second son Noel, and ask Strachan to be his godfather.
They invite Noel Strachan to make his home with them in Australia, but he declines the invitation, returns to Britain and the novel closes. Characters Jean Paget - a young Englishwoman who is a prisoner of war in Malaya and later finds love and settles in the Australian outback.
Joe Harman - an Australian cattleman who is a prisoner of war in Malaya; he survives crucifixion and gets back to Australia. Noel Strachan - the narrator; he is Jean Paget's solicitor and trustee.
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Donald - Jean Paget's brother Themes The protagonists share the attitudes of the time: Aborigines are referred to as " boongs " or "abos".
It is also assumed that non-whites must use different shops and bars from whites and that they are less reliable than whites.
But these attitudes are often presented not in a racist, but an ironic sense: for example, the captive British women are completely lost, because the only Malayan words they have learned are orders for their Malayan servants, while Jean survives by use of her language skills and her willingness to live the Malayan way. Another theme is the situation of women in Western and Asian society at that period.The protagonists share the attitudes of the time: To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide us with the items specified below.
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Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. They invite Noel Strachan to make his home with them in Australia, but he declines the invitation, returns to Britain and the novel closes.
Jean Paget makes a move toward female emancipation by digging a well in a Malayan village, so that the women of this village no longer have to carry their water for two miles each day, and also have a meeting place next to the well where they can discuss village affairs without being heard by the male villagers.
While staying in Willstown, awaiting Joe's return, Jean learns that most young girls have to leave the town to find work in the bigger cities.