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One of the first literary efforts by Nevil Shute, written in the spare time from his engineering job and only published posthumously.As a novella it is rather short for fully developed characters or complex plot, but the narrative flows naturally, the love of sailing and flying shines through and will colour most of Nevil Shute's following novels, Another worthy aspect of the story is the glimpse into the pioneering flying experiments in the aftermath of WWI - things we now take for granted like flying over the atlantic with mail or launching an airplane from a ship with a catapult were at this stage the cutting edge of technology and requied courage and determination.
PILOTAGE is a semi-continuation of author Nevil Shute's initial fiction offering STEPHEN MORRIS. PILOTAGE begins with the protagonist Peter Dennison having been turned down on his request to marry his girlfriend, because he plans to immediately accept a new job in Hong Kong. She tells his that it is only because she does not want to move to China when it is really because she does not believe he will be happy there at all and is only going there because the higher pay will allow him to afford to marry. The latter part of that is true.After being spurned Peter immediately decides to take off alone on his small sailing vessel for a week or 10 days. Soon after leaving port, he is accidently run down and somewhat injured be a much larger vessel. The owner of this large sailing yacht Sir David Fisher feels responsible enough for the mishap that while he is getting Peter's vessel repaired, he invites Peter to recuperate on board his vessel. This leads directly to Peter becoming involved in what was then in the early 1920's a seemingly outlandish scheme to fly halfway across the Atlantic Ocean after having been catapulted from the deck of an ocean liner. The whole idea was to prove the viability of this means of faster communication.The book was actually a novella and because of its fairly brief length it was unable to develop the characters fully. However, it was enjoyable and was a very interesting look at the very primitive state of aviation at this stage of its development. I enjoyed it a good bit.
I'm a huge fan of the author, and I finally got around to reading this, his second novel. It was just okay; I'm glad that he persevered and perfected his craft to write much better books later.As a book about what must have been a gee-whiz subject for the twenties, catapulting aircraft off ships, it was interesting; rather like the Tom Swift books. Otherwise what struck me was the assumptions about class that were so much a part of the novel. The protagonist was clearly upper-class, and people who weren't, such as the crew of the yacht, were nearly invisible. I wonder about people who can take a months-long sabbatical from work any time they like, and who are considered damaged for life if their favorite expensive hobby is taken away. (Yes, it's probably just jealousy, ha ha.) That seems strange compared to many of his later works, such as Trustee from the Toolroom, which display such sympathy for ordinary working-class people.