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One rainy night Peter Moran is driving across the Sussex countryside. When he stops to give a lift to a bedraggled pedestrian he is amazed to discover an old wartime comrade from the Royal Flying Corps. Moran's loyalty is tested as he agrees to help his friend, even though he has acted treasonably....

Title : So Disdained
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ISBN : 9781842322949
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Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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So Disdained Reviews

  • Bill
    2019-04-07 07:42

    This is one of Nevil Shute's earlier works, written in 1928, and even with his early writings, you can see his unique story - telling style. The story is set during this time frame, between the wars and there were many interesting bits of history (assuming he was using a true perspective) that I really wasn't all the knowledgeable about. For one is the tension between England and Soviet Russia; the story involves Russian spying on English military facilities. As well, at one point, the main character, Peter Moran, must enlist the assistance of Italians to help a friend from the Communists and he asks for the help of the Fascists; interesting that they might be considered an ally, considering the events of WWII. The story is typical Nevil Shute, telling the story of a man, relatively mild and even-keeled, who is put in a situation that forces him to make decisions that become heroic, even though he doesn't feel them to be heroic. I love the way Shute lays out his stories, introduces his characters, introduces concepts of patriotism or heroism without preaching but at the same time making you think about what they are and what they mean. He is a story - teller, one of the best and it was enjoyable to read one of his early ones and see how his style developed as he came to write my favourites of his later works.

  • Sue
    2019-03-28 04:00

    Peter Moran is driving home one evening in the rain when he comes upon a man walking along the road. He offers him a ride and recognizes him immediately as a fellow pilot from his regiment during WWI. He asks if he's Maurice Landen and the man denies it, giving another name. Peter pushes it because he's sure and finally Maurice acknowledges it is indeed him. Peter takes him home with him that night and Maurice begins to share what's he's been doing since the war. The final bit of the tale is that he's been living and working in Russia and is currently in England because he was flying a night mission for the Russians taking photos of something going on in Portsmouth. Maurice wants to return to Russia to deliver the plates of photos. Peter is divided in his loyalties: protect his country or protect his friend. I'd read a number of Nevil Shute books over the years but had never read this one. They're getting very hard to find and I found this one in a second hand store. I really enjoyed it. The story line moves along quickly and draws you in. There are several side stories which all fit together and add to the drama and suspense. Reading this makes me want to try to locate some of his other books and find out what I've been missing out on all these years.

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-04-19 02:03

    Brilliant idea and superb execution...

  • Karin Lindberg
    2019-04-08 09:00

    When I reached page 40 of this book, I was kind of surprised. The main theme seemed to be mostly sorted out, and I wondered if the rest of the book would be extremely boring. Spoiler alert: it wasn't. I really like how the story evolved throughout, and it was quite exciting without going too far concerning the importance of possible consequences (e.g the world was not in danger, but they still had motives for what they were doing). One certain character honestly did not appeal very much to me at all and was annoying with their constant indecision, even as more things were at stake. However, the other characters were believable and easy to sympathise with, especially the main character, Peter Moran. There were scenes which felt unnecessary, for example Mr. Moran meeting the young pilot at the train station. Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it since I didn't know anything about the author or the plot as I picked it up, and I would say that it was worth the read.

  • Louise
    2019-03-29 08:03

    Not my favourite Nevil Shute book.

  • Nicola
    2019-03-29 09:37

    I picked this out of a stack of books at Paramount Books in Manchester without quite realising what I had. I'd only read On the Beach before, you see, and that's quite a different beast.It would be wrong to compare the two, as such. But I loved this book almost as much; and I was carried away by it and surprised by it - I kept expecting it to turn the way an Alastair MacLean might, but of course Shute's heroes are never just that.Lovely, lively find.

  • Ann
    2019-04-13 09:01

    Outstanding read! This is Shute's second book, written when he was still using his surname, Norway. It's a dated spy novel, but perfectly readable and with the authentic voice one expects from Shute. I waited many months for the library to obtain a copy, and now I'll request a hold on one of the others that I haven't been able to find. Reading Shute--always a treat.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-10 10:03

    I've read most of Nevil Shute's books and enjoyed them very much but not this one. It was written in 1927 and this is clearly shown in the different attitudes British people have towards foreigners. It would definitely fall foul of the politically correct brigade if written today. But it is hardly the author's fault that the world has changed since his era and this isn't why I didn't enjoy the book. I disliked the book because of the lack of a real story, the thin characterisation and the general belief that it could have been so much better.The hero helps a British born soviet spy to evade capture, then manages to get him killed by not disclosing to him a vital piece of information, involving photographic plates. Apart from anything else the main protagonist acted in a completely contrary manner to the way he had been brought up. We are expected to believe that this solid ,Sussex loving, hardworking pilot veteran of WW 2concealed the spy from the authorities because he once knew him briefly many years ago. And as for the spy, we are expected to swallow that he would betray his country for money but would also give it all away to the family of a dead German born Soviet spy.Ridiculous! I am all For the willing suspension of belief when reading fiction but this story was just laughable. My recommendation? go and reread 'On The Beach' or A Town Like Alice ' and avoid this one at all costs.

  • Rowland
    2019-04-07 04:54

    Nevile Shute's signature style is clear and easygoing, no matter how tense the story gets. So Disdained is only his second novel, published in 1928. It concerns Shute's professional interest in piloting, when it was still a pretty new skill. A naive pilot, concerned only about earning a living, has got involved with the Soviet Union (mostly Jews, according to Shute) to the point of taking a thousand pounds to deliver photographs of Portsmouth Harbour, where something is happening. He crashes in deepest West Sussex and is picked up by a driver, who tells the subsequent story. A diplomatic incident ensues, involving the "author's" employer, a senior official at the Foreign Office. This all involves the classic elements of a 20th century thriller: Communists, who are assumed to be evil, a couple of poorly-described babes, and pretty hopeless foreigners. And so it goes on. The "author" eventually returns to managing the estate in Sussex and his girl-friend, and we have little idea that we have just be subjected to full-blown propaganda written by a subsidised MI6 agent. Shute gained recognition as a stretcher-bearer in the 1916 Irish Rebellion (his father was Dublin's postmaster). Shute went on to work closely with the UK government on the development of passenger airships and then on war-planes and other secret weapons. He gained great fame as a novelist after he moved to Australia with his family.

  • Gerald
    2019-04-09 02:34

    MYSTERIOUS AVIATOR is a fairly good tale of a crash landing in the 1920's English countryside of a down-on-his-luck English aviator Maurice Lenden, who had been returning after a spying mission for the Russians. As fate would have it he is picked up by an old friend Peter Moran, who was is the same WWI flying squadron with him. Peter is now the agent for an English Lord and the manager for the lord's manor located near the crash site. Peter nurses Maurice back to health and soon learns the whole story of what drove Maurice to be spying for the Russians. The tale becomes more involved when the Russians send another spy flight over England to get the photographs that Maurice failed to return with. The second aeroplane is shot down and the pilot killed. The Russians come after and steal Maurice's photographic plates once they learn they survived his crash. In the meantime Peter has convinced Maurice of the error of his ways in the spying to the point that Maurice sets off on a deadly chase into Italy to recover then destroy the plates. Finally, Peter decides that he must make a harrowing effort to assist Maurice.I have become a Nevil Shute junkie, since this is about.the 10th of his books I have read in a row. I do very much recommend this book for all Nevil Shute fans.

  • Jim Puskas
    2019-04-22 07:45

    One of Shute's earliest books, written before he had really settled in to his style. It has the fussiness that one expects from him, without the saving grace of a rattling good story. He fails to bring out the relationships between his characters in a clear manner -- e.g. his relationship with Shiela doesn't seem real and it's never made clear why he decided not to blow the whistle on Lenden at the start. Several incidents test the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief, showing Shute's lack of experience: the ease with which he is able to hide the airplane; the convenient presence, on a country estate, of a skilled airplane mechanic just when he needs one; the sudden unexplained appearance of Stenning to save the situation at the end; the willingness of the Fascisti to help him when it was not in their economic interest to do so.All in all, a book that would appleal only to dedicated fans of Nevil Shute.Note: Like several of Shute's books, this one was published elsewhere under a different title "The Mysterious Aviator"

  • Johanne
    2019-04-04 01:57

    Nevil Shute was a good (if somewhat overlooked now) author best known for A Town Like Alice & On the Beach. So Disdained dates from earlier in his career and it shows to some extent in the slightly weaker characterisation and slightly predictable plot. However his basic ability remains and I was quickly sucked into the story. The central plot preempts the 1950 & onwards trend for cold war fiction - it is essentially a story of bad bolshevik Russians and a lost but honorable Englishman. The book rolls along nicely but it should be said that, to contemporary eyes, the latter part of the book's & its introduction of heroic Italian fascists, sits uncomfortably. That said, this was written shortly after the 1926 general strike and I think the middle classes in particular were worried by "Bolsheviks" and also it is argued as part of the plot development - in the narrators eyes the fascists were the natural antagonists of the Bolsheviks.... Interesting as a period piece and works as a quick & easy read if you can cope with the handsome fascist captain and his men!

  • Larry Piper
    2019-03-31 06:53

    I rather liked this book. It's the second by Shute that I've read, and I'll likely read more of him. It involves a young man who had been a pilot during WWI. During the subsequent ten years he had become an estate manager for a rich guy. He does it well and is more-or-less a member of the family. Driving home one night in the driving rain, he comes across someone walking along the road. He stops to offer they guy a ride and discovers he is an old mate from the air corps. His mate, however, has stayed with flying, the only thing he ever liked or could do competently. He was flying a spy mission for the Russians (this was before the rise of the Nazi's, so the "Reds" were a worry) and crashed his plane. So, we spend the rest of the book trying to save the pilot's bacon, so to speak, while making sure the "intelligence" that he had gathered didn't get back to the man's employers. It's a somewhat complex plot, but a rather interesting story, during a rather interesting period of time.

  • Linda
    2019-04-12 08:36

    I really hesitated between three and four stars for this book and I think that 3 1/2 would be a better option. Late on a rainy night, Peter Moran stopped to give a ride to a stranger, who turned out to be Maurice Lenden, a former acquaintance when they were pilots in World War I together. Lenden had quite a story to tell, and as the days went on, Moran found himself more entangled in Lenden’s activities involving Russian espionage than he really wanted to be, and trapped between two loyalties. This was Shute’s second novel, written in 1928. I liked it -- I have liked all of Nevil Shute’s books, and this one makes me want to get hold of his first novel, “Marazan”. I have doubts about the way the story ended, but I haven’t yet thought of anything that would be a good alternative. The title comes from a quote by Sir Walter Raleigh: “And then none shall be so odious and disdained as the traitors…”

  • Scilla
    2019-04-14 01:46

    This is another good yarn from Nevil Shute which involves airplanes. Moran, the agent for Lord Arner, is driving over the downs from a meeting when he sees a man walking in the rain. He offers the man a ride, and soon recognizes him as a man, Lenden, he flew with during the war. Lenden had trouble getting a job and went to Russia to train them to fly. He had just taken photos of Portsmouth and then crashed his plane on the downs. Moran takes him in, hunts down a job for him, and locates Lenden's wife who wants to get back together. There is a problem with the pictures of Portsmouth, which they each try to take care of. At the end, several of the players have exciting trips to Northern Italy where there is a skirmish between the Fascists and the Communists.

  • Tad Richards
    2019-03-27 07:46

    Sometimes it's interesting to check in on a once-populat, now mostly forgotten author, and put yourself in a different time. This is the mid 1920s, Britain is trying to find its way back to normal after what's simply known then as The War, and the Soviet Union is beginning to be seen as a threat. Stalin would recently have come to power, though his name isn't mentioned by Shute-- in 1928, it wouldn't really have had much significance.This is a tightly written story, reminiscent of early Grahame Greene, although Greene had actually not begun his career in 1928, so maybe the influence was the other way around.

  • Al
    2019-04-08 02:02

    Shute's second book, and clearly giving evidence of the style which was to mark his greatest work. Done in the first person, So Disdained follows Shute's pattern of unscrolling his story in a linear, clear fashion. The plot turns on a fairly large number of coincidences and fortuitous events, perhaps to a greater extent than in Shute's later, more polished, stories, but it's still a satisfying morality tale built around aviation, ordinary people, and doing the right thing. Oh, and of course there are the requisite few attractive, bright and good young women as well. Great stuff!

  • Paul Trynoski
    2019-03-30 06:48

    A nice piece of historical fiction. I enjoyed several of Shute's novels decades ago when, as a teen, I was interested in aviation and Australia. This book, one of his earliest, provides a look at the civility of English Manor living, the hazards and versatility of World War I vintage aircraft, and the early stages of the Cold War. It was easy to read and kept me up several nights past normal bedtime. It's a shame most of this author's works have disappeared from local library shelves. I obtained this copy through an Inter-Library Loan from a Canadian library 3,000 miles away!

  • Maura
    2019-04-24 01:42

    Set in England of 1927, the story concerns 2 WWI aviators, Peter Moran and Maurice Lendon, who meet up by chance one dark and stormy night. Moran is an estate agent, living a pretty quiet and ordered life; unable to succeed at anything else since the war, Lendon is involved in somewhat questionable work flying for the Soviets. The story deals with the conflict of loyalty to friends vs. your country, and the tragedy caused by uncertain or apathetic morals.

  • Courtney Graham Hipp
    2019-03-24 05:43

    While I enjoyed the book, there were a number of instances where I was so annoyed by the main character's poor decisions that I almost wanted to look away from the page, like I often want to do when a character on a TV show is about to embarrass himself. The protagonist seemed too intelligent to get himself into such a mess.

  • Bea Alden
    2019-04-22 04:59

    On the cover of this book is the statement: "Over 14 million Nevil Shute books sold." Shute became hugely popular. However this story is only the second one of his to be published, first in 1928, and a number of times subsequently, and it's a great spy story/character study/romance, but clearly less mature than his later work.

  • Jane-Susan
    2019-03-26 07:50

    I liked it. It is not exactly a midnight-oil-burning page-turner, but it was a good read. The people were complex and real and the situation escalated into one of those I-think-I-am-in-over-my-head predicaments.

  • Bodwisebooks
    2019-04-22 09:39

    I personally found the book a bit strange at first and wondered where it was all leading up to, and sorry to say was a bit disappointed with the story. But if you like to read about planes and the men who fly them you may enjoy it?

  • Meryl
    2019-04-02 01:36

    Liked it more than "Requiem for a Wren". Actually it reminded me a little bit of the end of "Lord of the Rings" in its' under-appreciated hero theme.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-09 07:41

    The first really good Nevil Shute book. I liked it more than 'Stephen Morris' and 'Marazan'.

  • Suzannah
    2019-04-06 02:01

    Full review on soon.

  • Tim
    2019-03-24 09:01

    Excellent storytelling! Shute weaves his characters with the plot in just the right mixture to keep you glued to the novel. This is an early work of his, well worth your time!

  • Phil Chenevert
    2019-04-06 05:01

    somehow not up to all of his other books in my opinion

  • Ellis Katz
    2019-04-21 03:40

    Old fashioned spy-love-adventure tale by a great author. The book suffers from the passage of time, however.

  • Honoria
    2019-04-16 06:42

    Greatly enjoyed this. Would make an excellent film.