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Tales Of The South Pacific
     

Tales Of The South Pacific

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by James A. Michener
 

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This collection of tales is set against the background of the South Pacific, the endless ocean, the coral specks called islands, the coconut palms, the reefs, the lagoons, the jungles, and the full moon rising against the volcanoes.

The tales are told by a young naval officer whose duties on an admiral's staff take him up and down the islands. He meets many people,

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This collection of tales is set against the background of the South Pacific, the endless ocean, the coral specks called islands, the coconut palms, the reefs, the lagoons, the jungles, and the full moon rising against the volcanoes.

The tales are told by a young naval officer whose duties on an admiral's staff take him up and down the islands. He meets many people, both service men and the original inhabitants, and hears their stories - the remittance man who lived among the Japanese and, radioed their movements until one fatal and dramatic morning; Bloody Mary, the Tonkinese woman who introduced her daughter to a young Marine lieutenant; Emile de Becque, the French planter who fell in love with an American nurse; Tony Fry, the individualist who fought a very personal war in his own very effective way; Lieutenant Bill Harbison, who lived like a hero but turned out to be a louse; and the young enlisted man from Ohio who was going to pieces on one of the islands until a Sea Bee gave him a reason for living.

Because Mr. Michener was there, he is able to reproduce exactly the mood and atmosphere of the early critical days of the Pacific War. Because, in addition, he has a lively imagination and inventive power, he has turned this raw material into stories that will be eagerly read for their dramatization of the greatest adventure of our generation.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784871878982
Publisher:
Ishi Press
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
635,338
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Tales of the South Pacific 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
tbar79 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Betsy96 More than 1 year ago
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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