… should be organized and maintains a credo that is evident in his writing
A Town Like Alice is the story of two people who meet during WWII. Jean Paget, who is an Englishwoman and Joe Harmon, an Australian POW. Shute wrote about what he called his plain and simple folks; people who recognize their possibilities and seize opportunities but also know and accept the realities of life. They compromise a progressive society where each person rises to the occasion and becomes the best they can be while accepting their own limitations.
Compose a portrait of the British and Australian national character based on the stereotypical images presented by Shute?
Jean is the typical Englishwoman who is stepped in English tradition. Although she is bit stodgy and affected, she is definitely a woman of substance and strength. Typically British, she carries herself with decorum throughout the ordeal in the novel. She is well mannered and quite offended by rudeness and roughness.
Joe Harmon typifies the taciturn Australian cattle rancher who ends up as a POW. The typical blustery Australian who typifies the plain and simple folkthose who know what needs to be done and just do it. He is brash …