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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: 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

Baker & Taylor
The stories upon which the Broadway musical "South Pacific" is based explore the people and beauty of the Pacific's Coral Islands as seen though the eyes of a young naval lieutenent

Authors: Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997
Title: Tales of the South Pacific
Publisher: New York, c1947
Notes: Published by Ballantine Books
Collection of short stories
Copyright renewed 1974
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Fiction United States. Navy Fiction
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
ISBN: 0449206521
Branch Call Number: FIC M
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A collection of sequentially related short stories about World War II.


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Aug 12, 2012
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you thought you knew what this was about because you've read Hawai'i, think again. That's what I thought. This is so very worth reading, that I'm embarrassed I never did before now.

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