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ISBN: 0892440163
Author: Nevil Shute
Language: English
Publisher: Amereon Ltd (May 24, 2002)
Pages: 318
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 340
Size Fb2: 1108 kb
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Home Nevil Shute Trustee From the Toolroom. That was soon after he moved down from Glasgow to the London area to work as a toolroom fitter with Stone and Collinson Ltd, who made sub-contract parts for aeroplanes at Perivale.

Home Nevil Shute Trustee From the Toolroom. It was, of course, the first house that Katie or Keith had ever owned, and they were very proud of it. They contemplated quite a family, so that they would need quite a house, the upper rooms for nurseries and children’s rooms and playrooms while the garden would be a nice place for the pram.

Trustee From the Toolroom. Keith Stewart is a quiet and unassuming man called upon to undertake an extraordinary task.

They are the last generation, the innocent victims of an accidental war, living out their last days, making do with what they have, hoping for a miracle. Trustee From the Toolroom. A skilled maker of miniature working models, he lives a modest life devoted to his hobby.

Trustee from the Toolroom is a novel written by Nevil Shute. Shute died in January 1960; Trustee was published posthumously later that year

Trustee from the Toolroom is a novel written by Nevil Shute. Shute died in January 1960; Trustee was published posthumously later that year. The plot of the novel hinges on the actions of a modest technical journalist, Keith Stewart, whose life has been focused on the design and engineering of small and scale-model precision machinery.

Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute is the most delightful novel I have read in a very long time. Spending time with the book, letting the paragraphs slide by, was pure joy, every minute of it. I just didn't want it to end. Shute died in 1960 and the book was published posthumously later that year. I must admit I had never read another Shute book, never heard of the author and I would certainly not have come across this one had it not been for a recommendation by a friend and colleague.

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He lived in South Baling, convenient to London Airport, and at that time he was working the London-Karachi sector of the Eastern route, flying in Britannias.

He lived in South Baling, convenient to London Airport, and at that time he was working the London-Karachi sector of the Eastern route, flying in Britannias onth at home with his young wife and baby, and plenty of time for his hobby, which was model engineering. He was a devoted reader of the Miniature Mechanic every week.

Dramatisation of Nevil Shute's final novel, published after his death

Dramatisation of Nevil Shute's final novel, published after his death. We’re dedicated to reader privacy so we never track you.

When his sister’s boat is wrecked in the Pacific, he becomes trustee for his little niece. His adventures and the colourful characters he meets on his journey make this book a marvellous tale of courage and friendship. 400 pages, with a reading time of ~. 5 hours (100,135 words), and first published in 1960.

Trustee from the Tool Room - Nevil Shute This is Nevil Shute’s final novel first published in 1960 it details the adventures of Keith Stewart, a brilliant but unassuming engineer.

Trustee from the Tool Room - Nevil Shute This is Nevil Shute’s final novel first published in 1960 it details the adventures of Keith Stewart, a brilliant but unassuming engineer Читать весь отзыв. Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London

When his sister's boat is wrecked in the Pacific, Keith Steward becomes the trustee for his little niece. In order to save her from destitution he has to embark on a voyage in a small yacht in inhospitable waters.

Comments:

Mpapa
Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute is the most delightful novel I have read in a very long time. Spending time with the book, letting the paragraphs slide by, was pure joy, every minute of it. I just didn't want it to end.

Shute died in 1960 and the book was published posthumously later that year. I must admit I had never read another Shute book, never heard of the author and I would certainly not have come across this one had it not been for a recommendation by a friend and colleague.

Trustee from the Toolroom is the story of Keith Stewart, a frumpy British engineer and journalist who has carved out a meager business building model engineering projects and writing about them in a niche magazine called the Miniature Mechanic. He loves what he does, and he and his wife live childless and seemingly content. They have just enough to get by and they are happy with their modest lives.

Keith's wife's sister Jo is married to a retired British naval officer. The two have one young daughter. They decide to sail in their own boat from England to the Pacific, with the goal of establishing themselves in Vancouver. During the journey, they leave their daughter with the Stewarts. They intend to have her flown over after they arrive in Vancouver some five months later.

A hurricane in the middle of the South Pacific changes everything, and Keith faces the conflicts of deciding to maintain his small and safe existence in an English village, or risk everything to recover the nest egg his in-laws have put aside for their daughter, making him the trustee. In the end, Keith chooses the path of adventure and courage.

This book is a novel without any villain or even any intense conflict. It simply tells the story, in great detail, of how Keith lives and eventually embarks on an exotic trip across half the globe on a very unlikely mission. We think we know the eventual outcome but the suspense comes from wanting to know how he accomplishes it, step by step.

Shute is an excellent story-teller. All the main characters are very likeable and honorable. Everyone seems to do the right thing all the time. It's almost like a fairy tale, except there is no bad guy. The challenges in the story are simply life's obstacles and accidental misfortunes.

A story like that just makes you feel good reading it, and everyone should have that experience once in a while.
Nenayally
“The professor enjoyed his literary work, but the high spot of his visit to Europe two years previously had been the lunch with Keith Stewart and his editor. He had subscribed to the Miniature Mechanic for nine years, and in that time he had come to have a deep regard for the design engineer whose lucid, modest, and well written articles had taught him so much.’’

This story presents contrast of a simple, modest, stable, workman - with rich, worldly, self-indulgent, driven wanderers. Also, the difference between intellectual success - and rewards of wisdom.

“They did not seem to breed that sort of writer in the United States, and he had wondered why his country with so much engineering achievement did not throw up people of that sort.’’

Yes, seems valid. . .and clearly applies to this novel. Shute is English, not American. Written in 1950’s and feels like sent from another planet. Integrity, compassion, trust, humility, sincerity, self-sacrifice, contrasts with - arrogance, selfishness, superficial materialism. Great!

“When he had met Keith Stewart he understood a little better. He had thought from the pleasure that the engineer had given to so many modellers that he would be in the eighty to ninety thousand dollars a year income bracket. When he had met him his regard for Keith was, if anything, increased, but he now realised that his income was nine or ten thousand, or even less. Few people of such ability in his own country would be content with so modest an income, and perhaps no engineers.’’

‘Engineering ability’ only for money? Or to provide happiness, for him and his readers?

“The devotion to an art inherent in Keith Stewart’s circumstances flowered more prolifically in Europe.’’

Wow!

One fascinating character is the illiterate sailor, Jack, who built his small boat with his own hands, then sailed (alone) it to Hawaii . . .

“ ‘He’s a nice kind of guy,’ said the captain.
‘He may not know much navigation, but he seems to get from A to B without it. Did you help him much upon the way?’
Keith shook his head.
‘I learned to to take a noon sight for latitude. The officers of the Cathay Princess taught me. But the course was only a point or two east of south, and there was never much more than a hundred miles difference between my sight and his dead reckoning. He’d have got here perfectly all right without my sights.’
The captain laughed. ‘Takes us all down a peg or two. It’s wonderful the way they do it.’
He paused. ‘Make a good boatswain,’ he said thoughtfully.
‘I’d rather have him in the ship than some of the ones we got.’”

This calm admiration of the uneducated (but deeply wise) solitary adventurer, repeated throughout. Touching.

Kieth receives free plane ticket to England. He doesn’t want to accept . . .

“She paused.
‘Don’t refuse him when he wants to do this little thing,’ she said gently.
‘You’ve given him a lot of pleasure with your letters and the clock. Let him do this for you.’”

‘There is more happiness in giving than receiving’

I first read this about fifty years ago, as a youth. The story touched my heart. Never forgot. Even more, the people are so clearly, vividly, colorfully drawn, their portraits never lost. Read once again years ago, in middle age. Now aged, returned to find them even more precious!

Last page . . .

“If you happen to be in the trolley bus from Southall or from Hanwell at about nine o’clock on a Friday morning, you may see a little man get in at West Ealing, dressed in a shabby raincoat over a blue suit. He is one of hundreds of thousands like him in industrial England, pale-faced, running to fat a little, rather hard up.’’

“His hands show evidence of manual work, his eyes and forehead evidence of intellect. A fitter or a machinist, you think, perhaps out of the toolroom. . . . He will come out presently and take a bus to Chancery Lane, to spend the remainder of the day in the Library of the Patent Office. He will be home at Somerset Road, Ealing, in time for tea. He will spend the evening in the workshop, working on the current model.’’

“He has achieved the type of life that he desires; he wants no other. He is perfectly, supremely happy.’’

(Shute includes this poem by John Donne in the text. A professor’s literary assignment . . .

“Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?
Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste;
I run to death, and Death meets me as fast,
And all my pleasures are like yesterday …”

Maybe Shute commenting on the superficial, selfish, materialistic world that ignores - what Donne is facing.
The question . . . Will our ‘creator who made us’ repair us, that is, remember us?
Who doesn’t wonder?)
Nalaylewe
I read this book as a teenager. I am now a senior and avid model builder. My sister often compares to me to Kieth Stewart, Shute's hero in this lovely book. I had to read it again to see if she was right. Remarkably, she was. While I'm not undertaking a global adventure as Kieth has, I do have a very similar life view, a love for craft and things that work, and an insatiable curiosity to keep learning and improving.

Kieth Stewart is a very comfortable man who loves to work in his shop building miniature engines and machines, and then writes about them in a magazine entitled, "The Miniature Machinist". He lives in early 1950s London with a wife who fully supports his life style. When his sister and brother in law change their wills to make Kieth and his wife, Katie, guardians of their 10 year-old daughter Janice, and Keith the trustee for the estate, and then take a long ocean cruise in a small sail boat before re-settling in Vancouver, they change the Stewarts' life forever.

Being a man of very little means, Kieth must depend on a network of people from all over the world who he doesn't know, but love him and his work.

Nevil Shute is an expert writer. He develops real characters with whom you make a quick connection. His technical grasp is very sound and the descriptions to the way that Kieth makes and understands mechanical things is dead on. I could find no technical shortcuts that disturbed the flow of the story.

The book was even more enjoyable to me now then it was when I was in college, since I have been so much closer to the life of a "miniaturist" and also publish what I do frequently. If you like good adventures (without the blood and gore), enjoy knowing about people who can make things, then Trustee from the Toolroom would be an enjoyable book for you.

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