So Disdained

So Disdained One rainy night Peter Moran is driving across the Sussex countryside When he stops to give a lift to a bedraggled pedestrian he is amazed to discover an old wartime comrade from the Royal Flying Corps

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  • Title: So Disdained
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322949
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • One rainy night Peter Moran is driving across the Sussex countryside When he stops to give a lift to a bedraggled pedestrian he is amazed to discover an old wartime comrade from the Royal Flying Corps Moran s loyalty is tested as he agrees to help his friend, even though he has acted treasonably.

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    1. This is one of Nevil Shute's earlier works, written in 1928, and even with his early writings, you can see his unique story - telling style. The story is set during this time frame, between the wars and there were many interesting bits of history (assuming he was using a true perspective) that I really wasn't all the knowledgeable about. For one is the tension between England and Soviet Russia; the story involves Russian spying on English military facilities. As well, at one point, the main char [...]

    2. Peter Moran is driving home one evening in the rain when he comes upon a man walking along the road. He offers him a ride and recognizes him immediately as a fellow pilot from his regiment during WWI. He asks if he's Maurice Landen and the man denies it, giving another name. Peter pushes it because he's sure and finally Maurice acknowledges it is indeed him. Peter takes him home with him that night and Maurice begins to share what's he's been doing since the war. The final bit of the tale is tha [...]

    3. When I reached page 40 of this book, I was kind of surprised. The main theme seemed to be mostly sorted out, and I wondered if the rest of the book would be extremely boring. Spoiler alert: it wasn't. I really like how the story evolved throughout, and it was quite exciting without going too far concerning the importance of possible consequences (e.g the world was not in danger, but they still had motives for what they were doing). One certain character honestly did not appeal very much to me at [...]

    4. I picked this out of a stack of books at Paramount Books in Manchester without quite realising what I had. I'd only read On the Beach before, you see, and that's quite a different beast.It would be wrong to compare the two, as such. But I loved this book almost as much; and I was carried away by it and surprised by it - I kept expecting it to turn the way an Alastair MacLean might, but of course Shute's heroes are never just that.Lovely, lively find.

    5. Outstanding read! This is Shute's second book, written when he was still using his surname, Norway. It's a dated spy novel, but perfectly readable and with the authentic voice one expects from Shute. I waited many months for the library to obtain a copy, and now I'll request a hold on one of the others that I haven't been able to find. Reading Shute--always a treat.

    6. I've read most of Nevil Shute's books and enjoyed them very much but not this one. It was written in 1927 and this is clearly shown in the different attitudes British people have towards foreigners. It would definitely fall foul of the politically correct brigade if written today. But it is hardly the author's fault that the world has changed since his era and this isn't why I didn't enjoy the book. I disliked the book because of the lack of a real story, the thin characterisation and the genera [...]

    7. Nevile Shute's signature style is clear and easygoing, no matter how tense the story gets. So Disdained is only his second novel, published in 1928. It concerns Shute's professional interest in piloting, when it was still a pretty new skill. A naive pilot, concerned only about earning a living, has got involved with the Soviet Union (mostly Jews, according to Shute) to the point of taking a thousand pounds to deliver photographs of Portsmouth Harbour, where something is happening. He crashes in [...]

    8. MYSTERIOUS AVIATOR is a fairly good tale of a crash landing in the 1920's English countryside of a down-on-his-luck English aviator Maurice Lenden, who had been returning after a spying mission for the Russians. As fate would have it he is picked up by an old friend Peter Moran, who was is the same WWI flying squadron with him. Peter is now the agent for an English Lord and the manager for the lord's manor located near the crash site. Peter nurses Maurice back to health and soon learns the whole [...]

    9. One of Shute's earliest books, written before he had really settled in to his style. It has the fussiness that one expects from him, without the saving grace of a rattling good story. He fails to bring out the relationships between his characters in a clear manner -- e.g. his relationship with Shiela doesn't seem real and it's never made clear why he decided not to blow the whistle on Lenden at the start. Several incidents test the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief, showing Shute's lack [...]

    10. Nevil Shute was a good (if somewhat overlooked now) author best known for A Town Like Alice & On the Beach. So Disdained dates from earlier in his career and it shows to some extent in the slightly weaker characterisation and slightly predictable plot. However his basic ability remains and I was quickly sucked into the story. The central plot preempts the 1950 & onwards trend for cold war fiction - it is essentially a story of bad bolshevik Russians and a lost but honorable Englishman. T [...]

    11. I rather liked this book. It's the second by Shute that I've read, and I'll likely read more of him. It involves a young man who had been a pilot during WWI. During the subsequent ten years he had become an estate manager for a rich guy. He does it well and is more-or-less a member of the family. Driving home one night in the driving rain, he comes across someone walking along the road. He stops to offer they guy a ride and discovers he is an old mate from the air corps. His mate, however, has s [...]

    12. I really hesitated between three and four stars for this book and I think that 3 1/2 would be a better option. Late on a rainy night, Peter Moran stopped to give a ride to a stranger, who turned out to be Maurice Lenden, a former acquaintance when they were pilots in World War I together. Lenden had quite a story to tell, and as the days went on, Moran found himself more entangled in Lenden’s activities involving Russian espionage than he really wanted to be, and trapped between two loyalties. [...]

    13. This is another good yarn from Nevil Shute which involves airplanes. Moran, the agent for Lord Arner, is driving over the downs from a meeting when he sees a man walking in the rain. He offers the man a ride, and soon recognizes him as a man, Lenden, he flew with during the war. Lenden had trouble getting a job and went to Russia to train them to fly. He had just taken photos of Portsmouth and then crashed his plane on the downs. Moran takes him in, hunts down a job for him, and locates Lenden's [...]

    14. Sometimes it's interesting to check in on a once-populat, now mostly forgotten author, and put yourself in a different time. This is the mid 1920s, Britain is trying to find its way back to normal after what's simply known then as The War, and the Soviet Union is beginning to be seen as a threat. Stalin would recently have come to power, though his name isn't mentioned by Shute-- in 1928, it wouldn't really have had much significance.This is a tightly written story, reminiscent of early Grahame [...]

    15. Shute's second book, and clearly giving evidence of the style which was to mark his greatest work. Done in the first person, So Disdained follows Shute's pattern of unscrolling his story in a linear, clear fashion. The plot turns on a fairly large number of coincidences and fortuitous events, perhaps to a greater extent than in Shute's later, more polished, stories, but it's still a satisfying morality tale built around aviation, ordinary people, and doing the right thing. Oh, and of course ther [...]

    16. A nice piece of historical fiction. I enjoyed several of Shute's novels decades ago when, as a teen, I was interested in aviation and Australia. This book, one of his earliest, provides a look at the civility of English Manor living, the hazards and versatility of World War I vintage aircraft, and the early stages of the Cold War. It was easy to read and kept me up several nights past normal bedtime. It's a shame most of this author's works have disappeared from local library shelves. I obtained [...]

    17. Set in England of 1927, the story concerns 2 WWI aviators, Peter Moran and Maurice Lendon, who meet up by chance one dark and stormy night. Moran is an estate agent, living a pretty quiet and ordered life; unable to succeed at anything else since the war, Lendon is involved in somewhat questionable work flying for the Soviets. The story deals with the conflict of loyalty to friends vs. your country, and the tragedy caused by uncertain or apathetic morals.

    18. While I enjoyed the book, there were a number of instances where I was so annoyed by the main character's poor decisions that I almost wanted to look away from the page, like I often want to do when a character on a TV show is about to embarrass himself. The protagonist seemed too intelligent to get himself into such a mess.

    19. On the cover of this book is the statement: "Over 14 million Nevil Shute books sold." Shute became hugely popular. However this story is only the second one of his to be published, first in 1928, and a number of times subsequently, and it's a great spy story/character study/romance, but clearly less mature than his later work.

    20. I liked it. It is not exactly a midnight-oil-burning page-turner, but it was a good read. The people were complex and real and the situation escalated into one of those I-think-I-am-in-over-my-head predicaments.

    21. I personally found the book a bit strange at first and wondered where it was all leading up to, and sorry to say was a bit disappointed with the story. But if you like to read about planes and the men who fly them you may enjoy it?

    22. Liked it more than "Requiem for a Wren". Actually it reminded me a little bit of the end of "Lord of the Rings" in its' under-appreciated hero theme.

    23. Excellent storytelling! Shute weaves his characters with the plot in just the right mixture to keep you glued to the novel. This is an early work of his, well worth your time!

    24. Old fashioned spy-love-adventure tale by a great author. The book suffers from the passage of time, however.

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