It is the summer of 1940 and in Europe the time of Blitzkrieg John Howard, a 70 year old Englishman vacationing in France, cuts shorts his tour and heads for home He agrees to take two children with him.But war closes in Trains fail, roads clog with refugees And if things were not difficult enough, other children join in Howard s little band At last they reach the coaIt is the summer of 1940 and in Europe the time of Blitzkrieg John Howard, a 70 year old Englishman vacationing in France, cuts shorts his tour and heads for home He agrees to take two children with him.But war closes in Trains fail, roads clog with refugees And if things were not difficult enough, other children join in Howard s little band At last they reach the coast and find not deliverance but desperation The old Englishman s greatest test lies ahead of him Extraordinary and grippinga literary bull s eye The Philadelphia Record
Pied Piper It is the summer of and in Europe the time of Blitzkrieg John Howard a year old Englishman vacationing in France cuts shorts his tour and heads for home He agrees to take two children with h
Pied Piper, Nevil ShutePied Piper is a novel by Nevil Shute, first published in 1942 The title is a reference to the traditional German folk tale, The Pied Piper of Hamelin The story concerns an elderly Englishman, John Sidney Howard, who goes on a fishing holiday in France after the outbreak of the Second World War, but before the fall of France Entrusted with the care of two English children, and overtaken by events, he attempts to return to England and safety His journey is hampered by the un [...]
Ah, this is one of my favorite books of all Shute is a wonderful writer His characters are quite ordinary and believable yet they are also extraordinary and wonderfully good He gives me faith in humanity, in the world, and in the power of just calmly going about doing what needs to be done Most people really are like this The narrative builds from a calm center and grows and compelling and urgent His protagonist, a 70 year old British gentleman, goes fishing in the Jura in France in the spring [...]
Each author has their own special style How would I describe Nevil Shute s His books have a feel good tone, and yet at the same time they don t shy away from difficult themes As with fairy tales, you get scary and suspenseful tidbits, but at the conclusion you feel satisfied Content This novel is said to be based on a true life story Yet nobody calls it non fiction There are just too many coincidences for me to accept this as being totally true to life The story is about a seventy year old Engli [...]
A wonderful book Absolutely outstanding My copy came from the library at the Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne, MA where I also have a summer home I tried to get it via my home library, this was the closest copy they could find It is part of the Complete Works of Nevil Shute, which I had no idea existed Anyhow, I am a huge fan of Shute s novel, On the Beach, and that prompted me to look for some of his other novels To the book What a story Supposedly based on a true story, it was told to Shute dur [...]
A beautiful, heartwarming and encapsulating story about an elderly English man holidaying in France during World War II and coping with feelings of uselessness and getting over the death in combat of his son,While he is in France, that country is invaded by the Germans and two small English children come into his custody and he takes them under his wing with the aim of getting them to Britain.He takes on the role of nurturer and protector and we get a window into France during the war and the Ge [...]
Nevil Shute never disappoints me, not being a present day writerhis novels have a timeless quality to them A very heartfelt story of an old man mourning the loss of his son in World War II, tries to come to terms with his grief the process meets up with 6 children at various times in war torn France endeavors to bring them to safety in England, his home country It s a wonderful readhighly reccomend it
Thoroughly British, thoroughly enjoyable Nevil Shute is the author of one of my favorite novels A Town Like Alice I had not realized he had written quite a few novels This one, Pied Piper came highly recommended and rightfully so It is a wonderful story, simple and deep Thoroughly British
John Howard s world has collapsed the seventy ish English man responds by going fishing in the Jura mountains in France friends of ours named their dog Jura after these mountains When the Nazi army is poised to invade France, Howard betakes himself back to England His trip back is complicated by two English children with whom he agreed to travel They are hoping to get to St Malo a city I never heard of until two weeks ago when I read All the Light We Cannot Seed voila it reappears in my reading [...]
Nevil Shute is such a wonderful storyteller I wish we had books by him My library doesn t have many so I ve been buying used copies of several of his books It s my one concession to adding to my own library I wonder if many younger readers even know of Shute Even the several of his books that have been made into movies are quite old This book is another of his WWII stories an interesting tale of how an old man tried to help several children out of France as the Germans were invading I was a bit [...]
This beautiful story follows John Howard, a grieving 70 year old man, who escapes to a fishing vacation in France, after the death of his son in the RAF It s summer 1940 and he craves quiet, avoiding all the talk of war and death in England Little does he know what he is headed for This was a BEAUTIFUL, heart wrenching tale that blessed the socks off of me It was written in a plain, straight forward style, and yet I was right there with Mr.Howard through every step of this extraordinary journey [...]
I really loved this story and the character of Mr Howard, as the children called him I loved his relationship he had with the children As with most war stories, you see the bad, evil and ugly things that happen during this time But in this story, you see something evolving that makes you feel good I m not sure if this was based on a true story or not but I wish it was Mr Howard you are a war Hero of a different kind
I stumbled upon Pied Piper while going through a list of Nevil Shute s works The synopsis of the book piqued my interest and I almost bought it soon after while making an purchase I opted out to buy Steal Like An Artist instead Several weeks back, I received Pied Piper as a birthday gift from my parents and started reading it a few days later In the most simple of terms, I loved it The idea of an old man trying to return to England as the Nazis invade France and taking refugee children with him [...]
The timeliness of this book is astonishing The historical story of refugees fleeing from the Nazi invasion of France is so compelling that it is still the subject of current bestsellers The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See This is perhaps the first English language novel about the episode, so it s interesting from that standpoint, but also in the context of the refugee crisis in the news The plot is bizarre enough to be a page turner, yet the initial premise is plausible, and the rest of [...]
The original Pied Piper of Hamelin story is a German Folk tale where a man offers to rid Hamelin of its rat problem for a fee accepted he plays his pipes and the mice all follow him to be drowned in a river However when the city leaders renege on the payment the piper plays another tune and the children all follow him into a gap in the mountain where it closes behind them and they are never seen again I am not sure of the connection as Mr Howard is rescuing the children in this story rather than [...]
While this was published in 1941 and was about events of the 1940 German invasion of France, to me it was historical fiction made interesting and real because of the immediacy A very leisurely book about frantic events the pace fit a story of a 70 year old man traveling, largely on foot, with a group of very young children Seeing events through the eyes of the children who did not see the Germans as enemies but treated all people they met as befitted their actions kind or friendly people were f [...]
enjoyed revisiting this author after so many years and still hasn t lost its charm of the storyline and emotions which come in this novel based around the time of the German invasion of France in 1940 and an old mans attempt to travel back to England with several children at the time of France imploding.
This is the third book that I have read by Nevil Shute I can see why he was such a popular, best selling author in his time Every story is unique and the characters capture my interest right away I ve loved all three novels A Town Called Alice and Trustee from the Toolroom are the other two This was a wonderful story that kept me involved til the end I didn t read the summary of this novel beforehand which is rare and I m so glad I didn t It was great to have the story unfold with no anticipatio [...]
Recovering from the death of his Son, an RAF pilot during the early days of the War, elderly John Howard takes a Holiday in France close to the Swiss Border The news of the War is sombre, the French Invasion by Germany is gathering pace, and is swooping southwards beyond Paris.He is asked by friends to escort their two young children, back to England and embarks on a race against time to reach the atlantic coast and a passage to safety, before the advanzing Nazi forces consume France Along the j [...]
Pied Piper He s among my Shute five favorites One of those old quiet stories that stays with me.Here s a professional review from KIRKUS REVIEW Shute has the faculty for seizing upon contemporary drama and weaving it into a story with very human elements This is the story of a conservative, tradition bound old Englishman, faced with the need to be needed, meeting it with quiet courage and no bombast He is caught by rumors of German invasion, while on holiday in the Jura mountains, and is asked t [...]
This was a very sweet story Definitely sentimental, even predictable at least the larger overall story , but in a good way, making this book charming and engaging because of these things A 70 year old British widower, at the beginning of WW2, has recently lost his son to the battle, and is finding himself at loose ends He decides to take a fishing trip in France near Switzerland , but finds Hitler s armies advancing across Europe much rapidly than anyone could have foreseen What happens to him [...]
Englishman Mr Howard who is 70 is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940 He shortens his vacation to return home and is persuaded to take the two Cavanaugh children with him As he travels through Europe his family grows as other displaced children join him The journey is long, arduous and fraught with danger possibly being overheard speaking English is only one of the dangers.In 1942 this novel was made into a movie with the tagline He Raced Hitler s Panzers to th [...]
Page turner of a WWII story about an older Englishman trying to navigate an assortment of children through German occupied France The book reminded me of the first half of A Town Like Alice and, despite its unruffled tone, I couldn t put it down and came within seconds of missing my subway stop while reading it Monday night The ending is pure old fashioned melodrama and there is one ridiculously stereotypical comment about Jewish people But, as the book blurb says, Shute was a master storyteller [...]
I ve always had a soft spot for Nevile Shute, as an author who can tell a good story This was always one of my favorites of his, than the better known On the Beach or A Town like Alice A very charming, very human story of heroism in the face of adversity Possibly a little sentimental, but there you go.
Loved this story of an elderly English gentleman attempting to rescue some children during WW2 Shute has a writing style that is comfortable to read, but no less fascinating to read This is a charming, yet occasionally suspenseful, story.
This is my second Nevil Shute book, and I absolutely loved this one, too This is about an older English man who is vacationing in France when the Germans come during WWII As he prepares to depart, a couple with whom he has recently become acquainted asks him to take their children to England with him to live in the safety of a family member The older man is unsure, but has been wanting to be helpful during the war and has felt underutilized due to his age Things evolve from there The kindhearted [...]
Seventy year old John Howard s life has lost its purpose A retired solicitor he finds it hard to fill his days, and he is also suffering a close personal loss He finds himself in Eastern France as war breaks out, and he is asked to escort two young English children home, a task that gives him a much needed responsibility.I thought this tale of young and old was going to be too sweet for me for a while, but as the events in the war overtake them the challenges grow harder and Shute draws you in t [...]
Shute is truly a masterful story teller with a smooth, easy writing style Captivating book that crescendos into a real slam bang finish.
This was a 4.5 stars for me, for sure If I hadn t already read A Town Like Alice, I think I would have rated this at 5 I really enjoyed Pied Piper, but I loved Alice At any rate, this is an excellent, gentle read.Set in the early 1940 s, as Germany invaded France during WWII, Pied Piper is a story of an old gentleman, John Howard, who patiently and carefully escorts a group of children to safety across France, off to England, and ultimately to America He starts with two children and picks up as [...]
What a wonderful book Though not strictly HF, because it was written about a time in which Shute lived, this story takes place in France during the early part of WWII As in others of Shute s books, the main story is told as a recollection by characters in the present day in this case, a month or two after the events in the story An elderly English gentleman nb, at my own stage in life, I take umbrage at calling someone not yet 70 elderly on a fishing holiday in eastern France is called upon to e [...]