The Purple Plain


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Titel en schrijver
The Purple Plain, H.E. Bates
ISBN nr.
0 14 00 1152 9
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Penguin Books, 1974, derde druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
233 pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Thrillers, Detectives, Horror
Korte samenvatting
The purple plain is about three survivors of a crash. Carrington: the young navigator, Blore: flabby and frightened, and Forrester: embittered and poisoned by his young wife’s death in the blitz. They are the sole three survivors of a plain crash in the Burmese wilderness, miles away from any kind of help.

Assailed by heat, thirst and pain, the three men set off on the long trek towards safety. The Purple Plain was also adapted into a film in the early fifties.

Over de auteur
Herbert Ernest Bates was an English writer and author born in 1905. Though he discarded his first novel, written in his teens, his second attempt was eventually published when he was twenty, under the title The Two Sisters. He consequently wrote many articles, essays, collections of short stories, and novels, but none were a financial success. During WWII, Bates was commissioned by the RAF to write short stories under the pseudonym Flying Officer X to uphold the country’s morale. It is during this time that he wrote Fair Stood the Wind for France, finally making a name for himself, followed by The Purple Plain and several others. He continued writing after the war, and was a successful and prolific author when he passed away in 1974 at the age of 68.
Sunday Times: “It haunts you, alike for the queer and mounting suspense and for the masterly portraits of the three men.”

Spectator: “Few writers have a more exact feel for texture – of a flower, a face, a silence – and it is this that has value”

The Times Literary Supplement: “H. E. Bates can achieve a quality of lyrical intensity that few contemporary novelists can match”

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