'Stephen Morris' and 'Pilotage' are linked novellas of the pioneer days of flying and also the first that Nevil Shute wrote. Not discovered until after his death, the reflect strongly personal elements of the thrilling and eloquent style of writing that has made him one of the world's best-loved story-tellers....
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Stephen Morris Reviews
Terrific adventures stories about the early days of aviation, and how the question of livelihood can affect romance.. right from his first works, Mr Shute showed his calibre that makes him figure among the first ranks of gifted story-tellers....
An enjoyable early work of Shute's. Not really his best plot-wise, but good escapism. It did make me want to be a pilot in the 20's.
Stephen Morris was Nevil Shute's first literary effort in the form of a work of fiction. It is actually described as a novella due to its relatively short length of just over 100 pages. However, it is more accurately the first half of duel novellae, in that it is continued in the companion short novel called Pilotage. Stephen Morris, the character, in Stephen Morris the novella is young man who came out of World War I as quite a good pilot and who wants to break into the technical part of the aviation industry which is just beyond its infancy in the very early 1920's. Stephen has had to take a job in the rubber industry. Although it is not what he wants, it will be sufficient to support a family, so he has asked his girl to marry him. Very shortly thereafter, this job folds, and he is out of work. With no prospects for employment, he backs out of the plan to marry.Every aspect of the aviation industry is struggling mightily just to remain in business. They continue to struggle in reach what they are sure will be a bright future not too many years down the road. Stephen soon lucks into some employment as a 3rd pilot in a aeroplane joy-riding concern. The future is not very bright with this, but he lucks into a contact with a design company. Sure that he can prove his worth, he talks his way into an unpaid position for several months. He is very hopeful he will soon become a regular employee and then be able to again ask his girl to marry him.This book was published in 1923, and is a most interesting look at the status of the nascent aviation industry at that time. It is also gives a good view of the beginning of Nevil Shute's earliest literary effort in fiction. I enjoyed it fairly well. It does end quite abruptly, but it proceeds immediately into its follow up novella - Pilotage - with which it is published as a single volume.
"Stephen Morris" and "Pilotage" are two of Nevil Shute's first attempts at novels, and were not published until after his death. The two manuscripts were edited very lightly and published together as a single narrative the following year. Considering that these were first novels, they are surprisingly good. There's some roughness in the characters' development and dialog, and the background information of time and place are sketchy. But that's to be expected in an early work.As I read this one I realized that all of Nevil Shute's books that I've read so far have male protagonists with the exception of "A Town Like Alice". Some authors write males better than females, or vice versa. I would almost conclude that about Shute, but "A Town Like Alice" has such a great female lead that it proves he could write either gender equally well. What I also noticed with this book was that his men were all sensitive souls, by which I mean that we are privy to their inner thoughts and feelings. They are men of action of course, sailing boats and flying planes, fighting battles, etc., but we also see that they get depressed when disappointed in love or thwarted by lack of fortune, angry at slights to friends, and so on. They may be strong, silent types, but the reader is allowed to see the interior life behind the manly facade.
These two novellas are about young pilots in the early days of flying and young love. Stephen Morris breaks his engagement with Helen, the love of his life because he needs to get a job to support her. He joins a flying company, but it's not an easy way to make a good living. He meets Rawdon who is manufacturing planes, and joins his design team and becomes the test pilot. He thinks Helen has married someone else, but still dreams about her. In Pilotage, Denniston plans to go to China to work in his uncle's firm so he can afford to marry Sheila. However, Sheila says she will not go the China. In his disappointment, Denniston goes out in his sail boat. He is rammed by a large sailboat owned by Rawdon. There he meets Morris, and gets a job.
Set right after WWI in England with the financial slump after the war. I enjoyed just the right touch of mathematics in the book about the beginnings of aeroplane design and flying, as well as some excellent human interest (both friendships and romance) and some lovely descriptions of the countryside and the coast. The second part of the book 'Pilotage' dealt with sailing and boats as well as flying, with most of the same characters as in the first half, and again a proper and interesting proportion of mathematics, but not too much. The ending was tense and very well executed. Nevil Shute's first book(s). I'll read more.
This is the 1961 Lancer Books edition (73-435). It has 224 pages. Cover price was 60 cents. In the Foreward, Thayer Hobson details how the two stories were some of Nevil Shute's first attempts at writing. They were not published prior to his death in 1960 however. Stephen Morris and Pilotage are a bit unwieldy compared to Slide Rule and other, later works but everything that made Shute one of the most well-read and popular authors of his day is still in full evidence.Snag a copy where you can. Despite a few flaws in pacing, I think the tales are quite good and worth your time.
I'm not a big aviation buff but I did enjoy reading this book about a young man, the titular Stephen Morris, who makes a risky career decision and ends up on the front lines of the burgeoning aviation industry in Great Britain. I think the only reason that I was able to stick with the book was that Shute doesn't go into a lot of mechanical details and has an interesting story supporting the book.
Compared with many of his other books I found this somewhat dry and prodictable. The action was drawn out and the descriptions tedious. Having said all that I stuck with it and was rewarded by the final chapters of each story. This was his first book and it is perhapes difficult to assess in view of his later works.
I usually love Nevil Shute, but this one didn't really do much for me. It lacked his usual twist... it ended up being more of a set of bland love stories.