Trustee from the Toolroom ~ Nevil Shute

► door: A.IJ. van den Berg

One thing has become clear these past few days: I should not reread anything Nevil Shute wrote before the 1940s. Those are bound to be boyish books, with uninteresting heroes. And I am not looking for that. I simply want a story, with people I come to care about. A love story preferably, if possible.

Trustee from the Toolroom is the last novel Shute wrote, and for some people his best ever. But I don’t know. I like the central theme alright: an ordinary man overcomes his normal fears and doubts and achieves something extraordinary in order to help someone else. In this case the child of his sister.

And I liked the many technical details given, as the main character makes miniature machinery. What I really didn’t like was the sudden Deus ex machina; when the powerful man with money behind the scenes turned out to be capable of putting everything right in the end. That was too easy, that.

Nevil Shute, Trustee from the Toolroom
315 pages
William Heinemann, 1960 oorspronkelijk