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When seasoned pilot Johnny Pascoe tries to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback, his plane crashes and leaves him stranded and dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, attempts to fly a doctor in to help, but rough weather makes his mission more difficult than he imagined. As he waits overnight at Pascoe’s house for a chance to try again theWhen seasoned pilot Johnny Pascoe tries to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback, his plane crashes and leaves him stranded and dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, attempts to fly a doctor in to help, but rough weather makes his mission more difficult than he imagined. As he waits overnight at Pascoe’s house for a chance to try again the next day, Clarke revisits the past of this unusual man—and reveals the shocking and tragic secrets that have influenced his life....

Title : The Rainbow and the Rose
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ISBN : 13499863
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Number of Pages : 239 Pages
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The Rainbow and the Rose Reviews

  • Cherie
    2019-01-26 05:56

    The author said it all for me."I had reached the happy ending of the story, and I was quietly, serenely happy. In the soft, velvety darkness I lay utterly at peace for I had finished with all heartaches, with all pains and worries; nothing could touch me now. I had finished the book but I could take it up and read it over and over again, and I would do so, secure in the knowledge of the happiness in the last chapter... Everything was all right now."

  • Natalie
    2019-02-19 09:10

    Can a man make something respectable of himself in imperfect times? This is a story of a pilot's life in a postwar economy, of how easy it is to be unlucky in love and how hard it can be to establish a stable family life after a war. Men and women, old and young, make an effort to put life back together again. Relationships and disappointments grow out of checkered pasts. Respect comes where it's due but sometimes not when it's most wanted. Satisfaction and tranquility are possible, but sometimes not where they're expected. My favorite part of this story may be the comparison of two doctors who come together to help a pilot who is trying to rescue the man who taught him to fly thirty years before. The way they compare to one another and to the two female caregivers in the story is quite well done. Nevil Shute was married to a medical practitioner and raised two daughters with her -he had plenty of time to consider what kind of medical care a man would want to receive by the time he wrote this, the last of his novels, two years before his death in 1960! In Bill McCandless' review he describes how the title of this book was taken from a Rupert Brooke poem which describes the dreams of children as storing all the perceptions which make their waking lives colorful and active, reminding us that this treasure trove of color and beauty is available to us in old age.

  • Algernon
    2019-02-15 02:11

    this book confirmed, as if I needed one more reason, the high position of Nevil Shute in my list of favorite authors.This is the story of a life spent flying, from the flimsy bi-planes of WWI to the transoceanic routes of the 50's, the story of a man who takes quiet pride in his skill and carries on his shoulders the heavy burden of some doomed love affairs without turning bitter. He is a solitary man, yet the friends he makes along the way will put everythinh away and come to help him in his hour of need. We find out about John Pascoe indirectly through the flashbacks / dreams of one of his former pupils.The rainbow might be Hope and the rose the Love that makes a life worth living.The writing is understated, concise and convincing - highly emotional without falling into the melodrama some of the story parts would suggest.

  • Janice
    2019-01-23 06:56

    Canadian connection - character was Canadian ex-pat, living in Tasmania.I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't really have high expectations, and sometimes that is a good thing. I thought Nevil Shute's approach was unique. The present day was in the POV of the pilot who was attempting to rescue his friend. Any time he fell asleep, he dreamed of Johnny's past and thus told his story.

  • Chrisl
    2019-02-05 03:10

    One of the many books by Nevil Shute I've enjoyed re-reading. Most remember the setting,a strong story element.Found this piece at the Nevil Shute Foundation website"By Bill McCandless"The story is set in Northern Tasmania, a sparsely populated island South of Australia, in the 1950's. Here a retired Airlines Captain named John Pascoe operates a small aero club and crop-dusting company. We find that he has retired after 45 years as a military flyer, a flight instructor, and a commercial pilot for Australian-Continental Airlines. In a rescue attempt at a remote mountain location, he has crashed and suffered a fractured skull. Another pilot, also a Captain for Aus-Con Airlines, named Ronnie Clark, has volunteered to attempt rescue. He has known the injured flyer casually since Pascoe taught him to fly over thirty years ago.The novels' somewhat misleading name was taken from a Poem by Rupert Brooke which describes the dreams of children as storing all the sweet sounds and sights and smells which make their waking lives colorful and active. By inference Brooke reminds us that this treasure trove of color and beauty is available to us in old age.This is, like An Old Captivity and In The Wet, a dream-tale which Mr. Shute uses as a literary device to unfold the plot and develop the characters. In Pascoe's bedroom, surrounded by pictures recalling the past; after one failed attempt to deliver a doctor to the crash site; the exhausted Ronnie Clark takes a nebuhtal and sleeps. His dream relates Pascoe's two failed marriages, romances which resulted in the birth of two daughters. The first daughter was alienated by a vindictive mother and the second reported dead by a protective Grandmother. Apart from this novel, Mr. Shute only discusses adultery in On The Beach, and has his character commit suicide in Requiem for a Wren; here he uses both of these themes with a touch of incest thrown in. The complex plot, employing numerous flashbacks, has a mystical quality that suggests the influence of a cinematic screenplay with its ability to move through place and time frames using visual images. Only the writer's skill at the peak of a long career, and devoted readers who hang on every word, makes the novel form moderately successful.What develops is a sense of personal loss when Pascoe dies before the 2nd rescue attempt can be completed, and an insight into how two daughters can approach the event from two entirely different viewpoints. The story has adventure, romance, and mystery; but the central character never speaks a word in real life. Descriptions of early fighter airplanes in 1918 and the techniques of dog-fighting and other risky flying activity, is well done and helps to build reader interest for the twists and turns of the plot. Mr. Shute may have written it for easy transcription to a screenplay, but to my knowledge, no filmaker has ever tried."**Don't particularly like this Kirkus review, but post it for the informative ..."KIRKUS REVIEWA story told on two levels of perception and the reader- an in some of Shute's other books- is called on to accept a shift of personality, an acutely aware extra sensory perception. He has made it very plausible this time as he tells two stories, -- the one of a youngish married pilot, Ronnie, who tells the story; the other of Johnnie Pascoe, an older pilot, who- in his years of retirement- has run a small airfield in Australia. Johnnie, on a mission to take a sick child off a remote beach location, has crashed. Ronnie volunteers to fly a doctor in, and falls on the first two attempts. Exhausted, he goes to Johnnie's cottage to sleep -- and becomes, for a period, Johnnie Pascoe, and relives in successive flashes, the whole of his life. There had been a marriage which crashed- when his actress wife went to Hollywood, divorced him, and brought their child up to distrust and blame him. Then, years later, there had been a romance which ended on tragedy. The girl was tied to a madman; when she knew she could not have her freedom, she crashed her own plane. And their child, here and Johnnie's, was supposed to have died. But she hadn't, and how she came on the scene, and the part she played in leaving the story's end with a note of hope, belongs to the story itself. Not literature, this, but good reading, both an romance and adventure. The flying aspects are perhaps the beat part of the book.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-31 03:11

    Odd. I mean, I'm not into aviation so much, or failed romances (especially those do to a misplaced sense of honor, or to patriarchal expectations), or adventure... but this novel is more than the sum of its parts and is surprisingly engaging. Not a fast read, but not difficult, either... again, just, hm. Definitely thought-provoking; would make a good book-club read.I will prioritize my reread of On The Beach and will consider others by the author, too.

  • Matthew Meyer
    2019-02-13 06:24

    Johnnie Pascoe, a retired pilot, and his passenger have been injured in a terrible plane crash virtually in the middle of nowhere. Johnnie’s former student and long-time friend, Ronnie Clarke, must now go on an impossible mission to save him and his passenger before it is too late. As the story goes on, the clock begins to run out and the weather itself is making it even more difficult to conceive a thought of going to Johnnie’s location. With the terrible weather having few breaks, Johnnie and his passenger, who has a ruptured appendix, must be cared for by a family who owns the land that the plane had crashed on. Throughout the book, Ronnie begins piecing together what had happened through Johnnie’s life in his own eyes. Ronnie finally begins to realize the life Johnnie has led as time goes along. The story continues into the journey to the Tasmanian outback, where Johnnie and his passenger are stranded. I liked the book for its historical fiction being tied in with the action, suspense, and romance. I would say this book is for anyone who likes romance, aviation in fiction, and historical fiction. The book jumps in time between the present and very far past and follows two love stories entangled with the long history of Johnnie’s flying career. A mature audience may appreciate the story because of its complexity and action. Those who enjoy books about aviation and adventure would really like this story due to its overall plot revolving around 2 pilots who do anything for each other. I absolutely adored this book. The story itself, although relatively slow-paced, is quite riveting to the end. It did get a little confusing when Ronnie began dreaming about what happened, but after a while, it finally pieced itself together and captured my attention. With the extremely vivid imagery, the reader can step into the story as it unfolds a masterpiece of flashbacks that open a window into the mind of Johnnie Pascoe. The emotions in such a touching book pop out, making it that much more filled with action and the feeling of relations with all of the characters. I would definitely suggest reading this book.

  • Jim Puskas
    2019-02-21 04:06

    Probably the most openly romantic of Shute's novels. It bears all the usual Shute characteristics: Lots of stuff about aviation; quaint 1940's mores regarding sex (even though it was written in the mid 50's); and that trick, unique to Shute of suddenly shifting viewpoints from one time & place to another far removed, even to changing narrator in mid-sentence. Those familiar with "In the Wet" or "An Old Captivity" will be somewhat prepared for these abrupt literary gymnastics and will take them in stride and just go along for the ride, whereas a reader encountering such a trick for the first time will undoubtedly find it a jolt. Never mind, Shute almost always manages to have his story work out alright in the end.All of Shute's books are dated, his vernacular stilted and very English. If that is too distracting for your taste, give his works a pass. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy his great stories.

  • Nora
    2019-01-23 10:09

    I can remember reading this book for the first time when I was 15. What most amazed me about Nevil Shute's writing is that I could get so absorbed, so lost in it, that finishing a long section was like waking from a dream. In this book he layers in flashbacks and dreams in such a compelling way it can be hard to remember that you are not part of the story.I have re-read this book once or twice and have to say that nothing is lost by already knowing the outcome. For so many books the payoff is the end resolution or realization, but with Shute the journey of the characters and the way he develops them is the reward.

  • Sybil Powell
    2019-02-20 04:26

    It's odd but after every Nevil Shute book I read I think this is my favourite book and The Rainbow and the Rose is no exception. As often happens in his books it's two tales in one. One an attempted landing on an impossible air strip in an attempt to save a friends life and the other a life lived to the full by an flying instructor both intertwined in a most believeable way. A really great story, it's my favouite book!

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-01-30 07:23

    Another delightful and exhilarating Shute work... the adventure component is gripping and the romantic interlude(s) tenderly tragic... above all, has an unprecedented degree of altruism and another spiffing narrative device

  • Mike Harper
    2019-02-16 03:06

    I am a long-time Shute fan who has read almost everything he wrote. This novel, from late in his career, is not one of his best. Shute relies here on three extended dream sequences to tell about a man, a pilot named Pascoe, who is unlucky at love. The first and longest sequence takes place in the pilot's youth, in WW I France, and the woman he marries turns out to be all glamour and no class. The second takes place in England, whee he's become a flight instructor. Then, he meets a wonderful lady, but the marriage he hopes for never can happen. The third finds him an old man, attracted to a young nurse ...The dreamer, the narrator, learned to fly at Pascoe's knee. Pascoe has crashed in a remote part of Tasmania, and his former student has volunteered to fly a doctor to him to tend his injuries. Tired from too many hours of stressful flying, he stays at Pascoe's house, sleeps in his bed and wears his pajamas. In his dreams, he becomes Pascoe.In the end, I had to grant Shute a reluctant fourth star. His writing here is, as always, impeccable. His main character is believable and appropriately tragic. For a Shute devotee, this is a must read. But it isn't at the top of the list, and a reader exploring Shute should start with his great books., like A Town Like Alice, Trustee from the Toolroom and On the Beach.

  • Andrew McClarnon
    2019-02-18 02:06

    I really enjoyed this story. It is engaging on many fronts, theres 50s Tasmania, the usual wonder at the social attitudes of those times, a close commentary on how precarious flying was in the pre pressurisation days, and the amazing dream sequences where Shute takes us through three eras of flying, slipping into the persona of the unconcious pilot. The seemless movement between the perspectives of Ronnie, and Johnnie as first person narrators is a daring move, but works to bring the story, and its twist, closer to the reader.

  • 5greenway
    2019-02-06 05:25

    What's great about this book is the way so much is packed into it - all kinds of stuff on identity, ghosts, possession, time, a first-person narrative with genuine sense of peril - enclosed in a hard-boiled but affecting romance about Men Who Fly Planes. Felt a touch slow to get started (but that just might have been not having much reading time when I began it), but top-notch.

  • Bob Hilliar
    2019-01-30 07:07

    Shute is a great story teller and I enjoyed the book very much, but I did find the dream sequences a little clunky.There were no real signposts that the dreams (a vital part of the story line) had commenced, which I found a little confusing from time to time.

  • Cyndi Smith
    2019-01-27 05:14

    he has hypnotic writing style and his period and sense of time is spot on because he was living in it.

  • Keith
    2019-02-19 09:25

    Good would make a pretty good movie too. Trying to rescue an injured veteran pilot in Tasmania and reflecting on his past.

  • Victoria Raun
    2019-02-06 07:59

    Shute's story uses a remarkable literary device to explore the story of two men's lives, and is beautifully written. I don't want to give a spoiler here, but this is a great read.

  • Pia Konstmann
    2019-02-07 09:56

    At the back of the frontpage of my "Regnbuen og Rosen" (Danish translation) is written my name and year ('78) in this old paperback, kept together with a rubber band. It should be a fine silk ribbon since this book has meant so much to me. In '80 I began to fly gliders and wanted more than anything to fly these small aircrafts and to go and land on islands and "far away" places. But sadly it never came further than flying gliders for just 10 years..All the Nevil Shutes books I've read has been more than great, and all have been read more than once.

  • Al
    2019-02-07 06:12

    Johnny Pascoe, a flying instructor, decorated war pilot and commercial flyer, retires in the late 1950s to a remote village in Tasmania to start a small aviation business. Pascoe's reported crash in a remote part of western Tasmania motivates one of his past pupils (Ronnie Clarke), now a commercial pilot in Australia, to volunteer to fly a small plane in to rescue him. The story describes the rescue attempt, but at the same time spins out Pascoe's life story through the awkward device of having his history revealed to Clarke in a series of fevered dreams (a device Shute uses in at least one other of his novels). I suppose Shute needed to do this to maintain the consistency of his first person narrative style, but here it's just a little distracting. Be that as it may, unfortunately Pascoe's romantic life experiences don't make for a compelling story, no matter how they're presented. The rescue plot is far more interesting, and there are a wealth of flying incidents, including many from WW I, which are also realistic and interesting.I've never found Shute to tell a bad story, but I would have to say, on balance, that TRATR isn't up to his usual standard.

  • Sue
    2019-01-29 02:09

    Ronnie Clarke is a pilot with Australian Continental Airways. During a turn-around, he hears on the news that pilot Johnny Pascoe was seriously injured in a crash while on an errand of mercy to fly out a sick child to the hospital from a remote area. It was Johnny who had taught Ronnie to fly some thirty years before and Ronnie determines to see what he can do to help. The plan is to either fly Johnny and the child out, or drop a doctor in. Weather conditions make landing impossible. Ronnie spends the night in Johnny’s house waiting to try again the next day. The night reveals much about Johnny’s life. Really enjoyed this - one of Shute's better books in my opinion. Saying more will give away the gems.

  • Fred Pullen
    2019-02-15 10:07

    I enjoyed this very much, but I won't give any spoilers. It's a rather simple story, but told in a curious way. Let me share more about the technique, if not the actual plot itself.Nevil Shute tends to write stories about people in England, flying, WWII, Australia, or some combination thereof. He relies on action and dialogue to give you an indication of what his characters are thinking, and what kind of people they are. In this book, Shute used an interesting device: The protagonist realized through dreams what must have happened forty years ago, his subconscious helping him to put two and two together properly. Like many Nevil Shute stories--On The Beach notwithstanding--this one leaves the reader feeling that all's right with the world. I'm glad I read this.

  • Scilla
    2019-02-10 08:09

    Johnny Pascoe has had a long career of flying airplanes. Just before he left for WWI, he married the beautiful actress Judy. After the war, she went to Hollywood with their daughter and then divorced him. He is now retired running a small air service in a remote part of Tasmania. He has a crash trying to get to where he could evacuate a young girl with appendicitis. Ronnie Clark, a pilot on flying in Australia who learned to fly from Johnny, hears about the accident and volunteers to go to Tasmania to fly a doctor in to Johnny. While sleeping in Johnny's bed waiting for the weather to clear, Ronnie dreams Johnny's life story. The book is good, but it seems strange to me that it has to be told through a dream to another person.

  • Jean Brodie
    2019-01-23 05:58

    I loved Nevil Shute books about 30 years ago and decided to reread this one. Once I got into it, thoroughly enjoyed it and easy to read. However, was slightly irritated by the writing technique- a story told through someone else's dreams (who has coherent and logical dreams????) and the Judy Judy bit annoyed me slightly.Nonetheless, this book is over 50 years old and has worn well. Will reread another

  • Kerry
    2019-02-13 06:19

    Marvelous story with many details about flying older planes. It was written in the 50s, and written with a sense of urgency. A pilot crashes, and a friend goes to help, but due to weather conditions must delay the rescue mission, and as there is no room at the local hotel, he stays at the crashed pilot's home, wearing his pajamas and sleeping in his bed, and dreaming his history...all very strange, but intriguing. There are a few twists and turns, and it is a very satisfying book to read.

  • Alison
    2019-02-16 07:57

    A great story, taking in the history of commercial flight,from the First World War and the life of a flying instructor in England in the 30s to inter-continental airways in the late 50s. Love stories to die for; triumph and tragedy. Shute seamlessly uses an unusual method to get inside his character's mind and memory.

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-02-19 06:06

    I wrote in 2007: I like his style very much. You can just read, read, read. The story--a pilot goes on a rescue mission to get medical aid to a pilot who has crashed in a remote area of Tasmania. It was the pilot who had taught him to fly many years before. ...Loved it!This reminds me that it is time I read another Nevil Shute book; I have enjoyed several.

  • Sharon Zink
    2019-02-21 10:08

    A nice story about a flyer in World War II and his subsequent life and loves. The immediate plot is about trying to get medical help to this retired flyer when he is seriously injured while flying in Australia.

  • Paula S
    2019-02-19 04:20

    A sweet story about the life and loves of a pilot, told using an unusual frame story where the narrator experiences the pilot's life through dreams. Not one of Shute's best, but an enjoyable read nevertheless.

  • Sue Lee
    2019-02-12 06:59

    Read this book as we are having a visit to our Probus Club from Janet Fenton from Meleleuca South West Tassie. She is daughter of Dennie King. Nevil Shute visited Meleleuca and wrote this book after his visit.