Literature: A Town Like Alice
Nevil Shute's 1950 novel tells the story of Jean Paget as a prisoner of war in Malaya during World War II and then her return to Malaya after the war, where she discovers something that leads her on the search for romance and to a small outback community in Australia. Adapted into a 1956 film and a 1981 miniseries.
Contains such tropes as:
- Aussies with Artillery
- Blithe Spirit: Jean Paget.
- The Caretaker: Joe in Malaya, Noel in England.
- City Slicker: Jean, both in Malaya and in the Outback.
- Cowboy: Joe does this for a living.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Sort of, Joe isn't a doctor but he is The Caretaker.
- A Friend in Need: Joe, the Old Japanese Soldier, and the village headman who takes them in.
- Going Native: The women live out the war by picking rice in a Malayan village.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Noel does this knowing he is too old for Jean. Joe does this at first thinking Jean is married.
- Land Down Under
- The Lost Woods: The Malayan Jungle.
- Obstructive Bureaucrats: The Japanese Army.
- Officer and a Gentleman: The first Japanese officer they meet.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The sadistic Japanese commandant is obsessed with being this.
- Rancher: Joe Bannock, though he didn't own it til the end.
- Spirited Young Lady: Jean Paget.
- Upper-Class Twit: The rubber plantation owner's wife who only thinks it necessary to learn enough Malayan to give orders to the servants.
- Wasteland Elder: The Malayan headman.
- World War II: The setting of part of the book.