The Breaking Wave

The Breaking Wave

by Nevil Shute

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Breaking Wave 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am pleased to report that Nevil Shute has quickly become a new favorite Author of mine, having read 8 of his books in a row. It is hard to believe that these 1940s and 1950 books are indeed timeless and extremely enjoyable to read some 60 or 70 years later. The only challenge is mine: translating English language expressions from England into American English in the year 2011. Except for my failures to understand these expressions, all of Shute's books are touching and personal stories. They are extremely enjoyable to read.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the nice things about Shute's writing style is that he can make a point—in this case, the lasting damage to people's lives caused by war—without the reader feeling like they've been beaten with the proverbial stick. The message is there but you can still sit back and enjoy the story.Given his theme, this isn't one of his uplifting books like Pied Piper or Trustee from the Toolroom that leave you smiling at the end. Much of the book is told in a flashback manner and so the reader knows from the opening pages of a woman's suicide that this is going to be a sad one. The upbeat note when the story finally gets back to the present and moves beyond it isn't enough to obscure the feeling of the damage caused by the past...nor is there any sense that Shute wanted to do so.I can't say this is one of my most-enjoyed Shute novels because I am very enamored of the warm feelings I get from some of his other books. However, it's the most complex of any I've read so far. The main characters were rich and alive for me and I felt their struggles with their war experiences. Shute's approach of giving a bit of the present story and then moving back into the past to illuminate it gave me the sense that I was constantly learning more about who these people were.An odd thing: I usually don't have much reaction to a book's title. It's an identification mechanism for me and not much more. However, I found myself very disappointed in the American publishers of this book. The original, British/Australian title of Requiem for a Wren captured this book perfectly for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When this book first came out, stateside, I was a teenager. The title, "Requiem For A Wren" struck me as perhaps a morbid tale. So I read all of the other tales by this author that I could find. I did not recognize the title, the "Breaking Wave," and bought this. Very glad I did. Excellent "read!" The author has a marvelous knack for digging deep into human emotions.
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