Tales of the South Pacific



❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Tales of the South Pacific ❤ Author James A. Michener – E17streets4all.co.uk Winner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for FictionEnter the exotic world of the South Pacific meet the men and women caught up in the drama of a big war The young Marine who falls madly in love with a beau Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for FictionEnter the South MOBI ñ the exotic world of the South Pacific Tales of ePUB Æ meet the men and women caught up in the drama of a big war The young of the South PDF/EPUB À Marine who falls madly in love with a beautiful Tonkinese girl Nurse Nellie and her French planter Emile De Becue The soldiers sailors and nurses playing at war and waiting for love in a tropic paradise.Tales of the South Pacific

Tales of the South Pacific which inspired the the South MOBI ñ Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific won Tales of ePUB Æ the Pulitzer Prize for FictionToward the end of his life he created the Journey Prize of the South PDF/EPUB À awarded annually for the year's best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer; founded an MFA program now named the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and a room containing Michener's own typewriter books and various memorabiliaMichener's entry in Who's Who in America says he was born on Feb But he said in his memoirs that the circumstances of his birth remained cloudy and he did not know just when he was born or who his parents were.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Tales of the South Pacific
  • James A. Michener
  • English
  • 28 June 2016
  • 9780449206522

10 thoughts on “Tales of the South Pacific

  1. says:

    1948 Pulitzer Prize winnerThis was the book that caused the Pulitzer committee to change the name of the category from novel to fiction That's because this is actually a group of 19 short stories and they are similar in themes and subject matter and they are seuential or chronological which gives it the feeling of a novelIt's about WWII in the Pacific An ugly horrific disaster taking place in paradise; talk about a contradiction But it's historical fiction at a high level; you don't come away from a Michener book saying I didn't learn anything And where most historical fiction writers lean heavily on the fiction and less on the history Michener leans on the historyThis book spawned a successful Broadway musical South Pacific and a feature film It was also the basis for Michener's television series Adventures in Paradise If you are a Michener newbie I wouldn't start with this one I always recommend Hawaii I think it is his best novel and if you are only going to read one that should be the one4 stars

  2. says:

    Easily than the sum of its parts this collection of stories is an eye opening account of life in wartime not the horrors of war though there’s a bit of that but the waiting the selfless heroism the bottled up passion the thankless endless toil the vast logistics of a campaign the suddenness of death and loss and love The omission of this work from the academic canon is utterly incomprehensible to me; it’s everything that All uiet on the Western Front is said to be and Michener is far than a captivating storyteller collector of colorful characters painter of vivid natural imagery and chronicler of the orchestrations of world warfare Each of the tales comprising his carefully constructed epic narrative is at once thematically and stylistically related to the other smaller narratives and at the same time artistically whole in itself While he does have poetic phrases at his command what he can say without saying it – a subtly omitted word or a hint is breathtakingMichener impresses with his vast understanding of the scope of a military operation as in the chapter “Alligator” the codename for a fictitious invasion – the planning the estimated casualties the men needed to build the men needed simply to replace pencils and paper for plans and on and on – and then he finishes with a few brief poignant lines of a man who wrote to a plain woman – “who would never be married in a hundred years anyway” – a proposal “You was very sweet to me and I want to tell you if I” “But he didn’t Some don’t” But Michener says that letter plus the one from the chaplain was almost as good as being married That talent of Michener’s the ability to juggle the big picture with the little human details the forgotten grunts the KIA and the faceless laborers just blows me away With every paragraph he weaves a new story of heroism or efficiency or defiance or laziness or lust or bravery or shame and every character is all too human and believable It makes the climax of the book the landing at the island of Kuralei all the moving as his narrator surveys the littered beaches and mourns the dead This book is uite simply a brilliant masterpiece that should be read by every student of American history; it may be fiction but it shows plainly how this was the “Greatest Generation” without hagiography or needless embellishment The did what they were asked to do and worked and died and complained and loved and they weren’t saints or perfect soldiers They were Americans is all

  3. says:

    This is not a collection of short stories but rather a group of tales some tangential than others with recurring characters themes and locations These stories largely consist of officers enlisted men nurses and natives who attempt to stay busy physically and mentally as they await the next push of the war Michener's two areas of focus here are the clash of drastically different cultures and the soldiers' struggle to grapple with the age old uestion of why am I here? Most of these stories detail the inner workings of the characters' minds their desires their fears I was expecting attention given to the conflict itself but Michener is interested in illustrating the emotional toll of waiting; waiting for the next deadly push and trying to make the most out of the time they have to themselvesThis is a novel of several narrative threads that are tied together with the concluding attack on Kuralei It is the only chapter dedicated to conflict and it is expertly done by Michener Some of the best chapters however are rather simple affairs such as a Doctor trying to find passion in a letter to his wife or a lonely enlisted man who clings to an unknown pen pal Tragic stuff Wonderful book

  4. says:

    1948 Pulitzer Prize WinnerI read this book for my Pulitzer Prize Reading Challenge I'm probably already prejudiced when reading any PP winner but I really tried to remain neutral while reading this book With the amount of WWII literature I have been reading I'm finding myself wondering if I am in fact a Pacifist or at least against war Because I'm NOT against someone physically defending themselves This book was heart wrenching So many men died So many men committed adultery on their wives I HATE adultery I don't know if anyone can remain integral in war The I read of people in the trenches and the effects of war PTSD dead fathers mothers brothers lovers family the I believe war is awful I respect those who fought and died for their country but then I'm torn when I read accounts of those men willing to lay down their lives for those they left behind but are having multiple affairs with woman while abroad This book tugged on so many of my heart strings Men fell in love with island woman but refused to marry them because they were coloured yellow black mixed I wasn't used to reading a book where most of the racism was thrown against other races like the yellows or the Japs and I wasn't as affected by the racial terms however as soon as I read about a coloured person being called a nigger I would flare up Interesting how racism affects us when it's thrown at your race I was going to give this book a 4 star because of the amount of affairs but the last chapters did me in for a 5 star Michener wrote so so so so well I'm really glad I knew that this book was a collection of short stories literally tales of the South Pacific various accounts of men who fought in different locations I may have gotten confused and uit reading because the story line didn't flow smoothly My favourite chapters were 'Mutiny' 'Our Heroine' and 'Fo Dolla'Highly recommend this book

  5. says:

    I think this book is a must read for any American in the post WWII era Framed as a collection of loosely connected short stories narrated from a single perspectivce Mitchner weaves together themes of love loss and struggle with a lucid and sometimes technical commentary on the American war effort in the Pacific theater His characters are both intensely human and larger than life and the developing theme throughout the book is that titanic and often tragic effors contribute to the betterment of individual people and to our society as a whole This is the oldest story in our collective history anecdotes and tales of adventure set against an exotic background grounded in our own perspective The Tales are above all inspiring and stand apart from any American literature written since the inception of our nation

  6. says:

    James A Michener's Tales of the South Pacific a collection of related stories of rear echelon service in the Solomons and New Hebrides during World War II received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 inspired the Broadway musical South Pacific and served as the foundation for the early 1960s TV series Adventures in Paradise I found it rather boring In trying to describe the tales the words flat cliched repetitive and dated kept coming to mind The book has not withstood the test of time It rates only Two Stars in the Bali Ha'i of my library

  7. says:

    I must say that I really did not enjoy reading this book It is incredibly slow is shows a very distorted fairy taleesue picture of the Pacific theater and many of the problems in the story in my opinion are incredibly mundane However despite disliking the book I respect the role of Tales of the South Pacific in American literary history Here's why When this book was released in 1947 it was the book America needed not the book that best showed life in the Pacific The American public had been through so much during WWII that they would not be interested in a Saving Private Ryan novel euivalent like Helmet for My Pillow As a result we get Tales of the South Pacific A mundane book about mundane events except for the second to last story Read this book if you are interested in reading about how people wanted to view the war after it ended but not as a way to view the war as it happened

  8. says:

    Not at all like South Pacific no body talking happy talk no women warbling about washing men out of their hair What there is is a collection of stories some funny some tragic and all set in the south pacific Michener writes well and you begin to care about the men he talks about many seem disillusioned far away from home and family and seeming to spend most of the time waiting

  9. says:

    Outstanding My favorite Michener It won a Pulitzer Prize what can I say about it Mini vignettes about World War II in the Pacific that are funny ironic and tragic How it became a musical I'll never understand It should have been an epic series like Winds of War or Band of Brothers Maybe some day After this I moved on to Hawaii Caravans Return to Paradise The Source and of course The Drifters among many others I was reading these while on active duty in the Air Force so I could visualize uite easily some of his settings As you can see I developed a love for Michener after Tales You may get hooked too Read and enjoy the ride

  10. says:

    Here's a book I've heard about all my life maybe so the musical and an author who couldn'tbe popular He was a favorite of my grandfather's I get the sense that his narrative voice may have been similar to the voice in my grandfather's head the same matter of fact US white male dominated world view that pre dated the 70's Yet still sensitive to all people and empathetic to the human condition It was interesting to read this just after Guard of Honor same war same time period 2 very different waiting games but with similar relationship tensions among genders classes ranks and ethnic groups I applaud Michener for the sensory experiences he can manufacture and for playing around with narrative structures chronology and narrators were unpredictable

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