Tales of the South Pacific

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Tales of the South Pacific is the iconic, Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece that inspired a Broadway classic and launched the career of James A. Michener, one of America’s most beloved storytellers. This thrilling work invites the reader to enter the exotic world of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the endless ocean, the coconut palms, the waves breaking into spray against the reefs, the full moon rising behind the volcanoes. And yet here also are the men and women caught up in the heady drama of World War II:...

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Overview

Tales of the South Pacific is the iconic, Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece that inspired a Broadway classic and launched the career of James A. Michener, one of America’s most beloved storytellers. This thrilling work invites the reader to enter the exotic world of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the endless ocean, the coconut palms, the waves breaking into spray against the reefs, the full moon rising behind the volcanoes. And yet here also are the men and women caught up in the heady drama of World War II: the young Marine who falls for a beautiful Tonkinese girl; the Navy nurse whose prejudices are challenged by a French aristocrat; and all the soldiers and sailors preparing for war against the seemingly peaceful backdrop of a tropical paradise.
 
Praise for James A. Michener and Tales of the South Pacific
 
“Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of [World War II] . . . Michener is a born storyteller.”The New York Times
 
“Riveting and emotional . . . Ever since James Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacific, the dreamers among us have been searching for our own Bali Ha’i.”The Washington Post
 
“Atmospheric . . . [Tales of the South Pacific marks] the beginning of Michener’s long exploration of what happens when cultures connect, or fail to.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Few writers changed the face of American fiction as profoundly as did James Michener.”San Francisco Chronicle

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Praise for James A. Michener and Tales of the South Pacific
 
“Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of [World War II] . . . Michener is a born storyteller.”The New York Times
 
“Riveting and emotional . . . Ever since James Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacific, the dreamers among us have been searching for our own Bali Ha’i.”The Washington Post
 
“Atmospheric . . . [Tales of the South Pacific marks] the beginning of Michener’s long exploration of what happens when cultures connect, or fail to.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Few writers changed the face of American fiction as profoundly as did James Michener.”San Francisco Chronicle
David Dempsey
" Tales of the South Pacific " is truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of the war in a long time...[James Michener] has captured the phase of the war that most GIs in the Pacific will want to remember - the flaming sunsets, the quiet pellucid lagoons of some of some forgotten atoll, jungles that breathed mystery as well as malaria.-- Books of the Century; New York Times review, February 1947
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449206522
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 250,746
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    not just historical fiction!!!!

    this is the first michener book i read and i LOOOOOVED it!!!! it's historically accurate which is nice but there's also romance and action and other fun stuff. read this for your english or history class b/c it's a 'great novel' but also a way cool story!! p.s. not just an adult book--i'm a teenager and i liked it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    A must for fans of the musical

    I admit it, I wouldn't have enjoyed this book at all if I hadn't seen the Rogers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific. But it really does give you an excellent POV of the American fighting team on the islands of the Pacific Ocean. And the love stories are wonderful, almost as gripping as they are on the screen. Plus, it's a GREAT book to read to impress English and History teachers.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLUS

    The work of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Michener and his lovely wife in the early 1960's during a political rally in Bucks county Pa. I have read many of his books and I wonder why this was the last one I have read. I guess the movie just took its place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    My favourite book on war in  the pacific by the greatest writer

    My favourite book on war in  the pacific by the greatest writer . It will always be one of the greatest book ever  written!

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Excellent Read!

    I read this book as part of a book club selection. My dad had been a Seabee in the South Pacific during WWII and I had listened to many stories about his service on the same Islands Michener wrote about. As I read the book, I was thrilled to hear about the same places my dad had been. The tales prompted me to pull out a box of my dad's old pics (my dad's been gone since 1991). I found all kinds of interesting pictures of my dad on the Islands that Michener describes so well. (My dad's writings on the back of the pictures talk about life on "the rock" and actually included stamps of the navy "censor" that Michener included in his story!) The book was a joy to read, even if it didn't bring back wonderful thoughts of my dad! I wish I had read the book while may dad was alive, so I could have shared it with him! I loved Michener's style and found myself laughing out loud at many of his stories. It made me view my dad, my husband (Vietnam) and my son (Iraq) from a different perspective. Michener truly knew his subject matter! GREAT, GREAT book! I would never have read this book, if the book club had not selected it! I am thankful for our book club.

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