The Breaking Wave

The Breaking Wave

Book - 2010
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The Breaking Wave is one of Nevil Shute's most poignant and psychologically suspenseful novels, set in the years just after World War II.

Sidelined by a wartime injury, fighter pilot Alan Duncan reluctantly returns to his parents' remote sheep station in Australia to take the place of his brother Bill, who died a hero in the war. But his homecoming is marred by the suicide of his parents' parlormaid, of whom they were very fond. Alan soon realizes that the dead young woman is not the person she pretended to be. Upon discovering that she had served in the Royal Navy and participated along with his brother in the secret build-up to the Normandy invasion, Alan sets out to piece together the tragic events and the lonely burden of guilt that unravelled one woman's life. In the process of finding the answer to the mystery, he realizes how much he had in common with this woman he never knew and how "a war can go on killing people long after it's all over."
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307474025
030747402X
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 21 cm

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IV27HUjg
Nov 16, 2015

I rated good & thoroughly enjoyed this read, although I'm sure many would find it too 'old fashioned'. NS writes with clarity, directness, great description & progression in tale. First published in UK as Requiem for a Wren he remains one of my favorite 20C writers. I'm pleased SPL offers this in Ebook for those needing larger print. I'd forgotten this book & was so surprised in reading such familiar locations, knowing exactly where he described - except Australia.

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wyenotgo
Aug 28, 2015

Published in USA under the title The Breaking Wave

A bit more on the romantic side than most but still one of Nevil Shute's best stories.

The main character, Janet Prentice is one of Shute's most fully fleshed out characters, a real person that we grow to care very much about. Shute also does one of his best jobs of coming at the story from two widely separated viewpoints and bringing the two threads together very skillfully.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes Shute's stories.

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