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Escapist fantasy Pretty much, yeah Read it again in a second Ummm, I just need to put it down, and then I can answer Probably not for anyone, but synopsis is pilot with insomnia gets sent on an expedition to Greenland He s taking meds for his insomnia He has weird dreams Eventually he has difficulty separating the dream from the reality He has a beautiful coworker Incidentally, his dreams are about the long ago past, and his coworker is also there An academic who quizzes him about his dreams recognizes that they are a little too historically accurate given the amount of knowledge the pilot actually has Also, there is physical evidence Ultimately, the dream is all that is left in the memory of the reader. I enjoyed this book than any I ve read this year I don t think have the ability explain why I like the book as much as I do Perhaps it is Shute himself I like To date I ve read six of his books and all have been fantastic Nevil Shute may simply be my favorite author Shute writes about the hidden hero that can be found in everyday people He gives us stories about ordinary men and women facing adversity For the most part his characters rise to the occasion, but he shows us defeat as well. FREE PDF ☭ An Old Captivity ♿ Young Pilot Donald Ross Has Little In Common With The Oxford Archaeologist Who Has Employed Him On An Expedition To The Arctic And Still Less With His Beautiful But Stubborn Daughter, Alix But Once The Three Of Them Reach The Treacherous Shores Of Greenland, In Search Of The Ruins Of Early Viking Settlements, Their Destinies Are Inextricably Bound By The Events That Unfold There An Old Captivity is rather hard to pin down, in terms of genre It s clumsy in places, too the frame story is okay to begin with, but then doesn t really do anything It doesn t match up properly with the rest of the story That didn t bother me too much, though I got really absorbed in all the concrete details of this book the plane, Ross efforts to get ready for the trip, his worries, his sleeplessness the slow growing of understanding between him and Alix Even the precise geography and the bits taken from sagas and so on.It s slow paced, and there isn t much magic in it, but there was enough to go round for me Nevil Shute won me over. Having recently read a series of disappointing, or just challenging books, picking up another Nevil Shute novel was the reading equivalent of or ideal compliment to curling up in a favorite chair with tea and good music at once calming and invigorating, familiar and new A perfect relaxation read This again features his great characters earnest without being stiff, and good but not prim An aging Oxford don wants to survey an area of Greenland for his archeological research He knows that aviation should make it possible, but has no sense of the challenge it will pose it is set in the first half of the last century and there is little infrastructure and less experience flying in such conditions As the trip comes together, the novel explores how relatively ordinary people deal with fairly extraordinary adventure Shute s anti heroic depiction personalizes the adventure, and makes me feel like I could have been part of it That, and the very appealing characters, make for pretty good escapism. Nevil Shute s style will probably not please the modern reader much, and that is unfortunate His love of detail and the pains he goes to make sure of what he is stating are characteristics that I enjoy in his texts Sometimes, he goes to an almost ridiculous extent to flesh out the reality of his background, when it probably would not be missed Yet just as he does this, you can see him entering a truly fictional world in which, whoops, his characters suddenly do resemble real people and his narrative suddenly comes to life It might be the extra effort Donald Ross goes to get the wireless to work, something banal and silly like that, but we know, almost without realising it that Shute is suddenly expanding a fictional context to include the all too likely possibility of future danger, and we realise just how much care is being taken The work is not sloppy it is methodical and I admit, at times a little dry Yet when Shute s work really fires, it is because of this attention to the right kind of detail An Old Captivity has long been one of my favourite Shute novels In a way it s an experimental sort of book it takes the long wide arc of a journey from Britain to Canada via Iceland and Greenland, as its background The path of a small seaplane is traced with infinite pains to capture the solitariness and the arduous nature of the voyage Its three passengers are linked together in interesting and diverse ways Slowly, against the further background of the Icelandic sagas, the tale emerges and, as usual with Nevil Shute, it is not what we are expecting Just when the clean, crisp, almost mechanical prose has us thinking one thing, Shute leaps off into a void composed of history and imagination It s an extremely disciplined piece of writing and I hope you ll enjoy the ride. It s so nice to spend a few days immersed in another decent and kind world created by Nevil Shute I m not even sure I should call this fantasy, but whatever, my shelves don t claim to be an exhaustive list of categories Ride along time travel In A Dream is SF for people who don t want to write SF I probably shouldn t comment until I ve read Shute, but I get the feeling he thought SF had to have a certain plausible deniability and be separated hygienically by framing narratives in order to be respectable There s a really weird half of a framing narrative right at the beginning with an unnamed first person narrator after setting up that first person intimacy and some questions one might expect the narrator to answer, it dives straight into the story of the actual characters and we never see the unnamed I again, not even at the end The time travel bit was weirdly unconnected to the contemporary bit, and there wasn t any tension or reconciliation between the two all three main characters wondered if Ross the one who had the time travel dream was nuts, but no one seems particularly bothered by it, and when they find out fairly definitively that his dream was true, they all just sort of shrug and go to New York rather than realising the implications I think it would have been successful if the parts had been balanced in size, and if two characters, or even all three, had time travelled too, so that the last section could have involved sharing impressions and arguing Did we Or are we both nuts , rather than Ross being all I had this really weird dream, it felt totally real and the other two going Hmm side eye for thirty pages.That said, it was totally absorbing, with a subtle but effective change of register for the Viking bit, and I loved the expedition to Greenland Whatever else Shute has and I should mention that it was published in 1940, with all that implies , he has a great deal of I want to read it osity. 9 10 Nevil Shute does his storytelling trick once again This is a straightforward tale of an archeological expedition to Greenland sometime between two world wars, three people in a small plane against a hostile environment even in the months os summer And the story of two people from wildly different backgrounds coming to understand and care for each other.The author knows his stuff when it comes to early aviation and the level of detail both in the preparation of the journey and in the actual flight is astounding Some readers might be turned off by the dry delivery of technical information, but for me it brings back memories of past favorites describing the expeditions of Nansen, Shackleton or Thor Heyerdahl The world around us was already shrinking in the early 20th century, with few white spots left on the maps for the adventure oriented explorer The merit of Nevil Shute here in An Old Captivity is to show that such an expedition relies not only on courage and determination, but most of all on careful planning, a lot of money, bureaucratic paper chases and endless hard work checking and rechecking every detail, every bolt and nut that may mean the difference between life and death when the nearest settlement is hundreds of kilometers away.As usual for the author, all these technical details do not overshadow the human interest story , exploring the interplay between the three main characters the dedicated pilot, the slightly clueless Oxford don and his opinionated daughter With his characteristic delicate touch, Nevil Shute goes into the mind of each character, slowly overcoming shyness and distrust to gain respect and eventually the possibility of love.In another theme dear to the author, the scientific mind of the engineer is put to the test trying to unravel the mysteries of the psyche A dream journey takes us back through the centuries to witness the life of a Norse settlement on what is possibly the most inhospitable island in the world, and the eventual discovery of the North American continent well in advance of Columbus I have remarked on this spiritual journey both in Round the Bend and in The Rainbow and the Rose, two other books by Nevil Shute that I liked. In this, his sixth novel, Nevil Shute describes flying to Greenland via Scotland and Iceland in a seaplane for the purpose of carrying out historical and archeological research The flying is exciting, well described and seems accurate I wonder if these flights had in fact been achieved when he wrote this book The main characters do in fact wind up qualifying as conquerors of the Atlantic, although it was first achieved from east to west by Beryl Markham in 1936 who flew solo non stop from England to Newfoundland where she crashed due to icing In passing, I must recommend her book West With the Night, as I found it to be an excellent read, and descriptions of her flight, pretty chilling Prior to that, Colonel Minchin, Captain Leslie Hamilton and Princess Anne of L wenstein Wertheim Freudenberg had failed, disappearing over the cruel Atlantic The same fate awaited Captain Hinchliffe and Elsie Mackay when they tried it the following year in March of 1928 The scenes described by Shute in Old Captivity are tense and not just a little scary, since you re not sure if they can land due to fog, or ice in the water with precious fuel running low A nice little love story is woven in, which of course moves from dislike to deep love This tale also shows Mr Shute s growing writing skill as an author and his proclivity, and open mindedness toward reincarnation, fantasy and spiritual matters Well worth the read.