Tales of the South Pacific Book
Score: 5
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Tales of the South Pacific


  • Author : James A. Michener
  • Publisher : Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Release Date : 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812986358

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Tales of the South Pacific Excerpt :

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

South Pacific Tales   Legends and Myths from Tonga  Samoa  Papua New Guinea  Easter Island  Folklore History Series  Book

South Pacific Tales Legends and Myths from Tonga Samoa Papua New Guinea Easter Island Folklore History Series


  • Author : Various
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2011-06-14
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446549513

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South Pacific Tales Legends and Myths from Tonga Samoa Papua New Guinea Easter Island Folklore History Series Excerpt :

The island nations of the South Pacific have an incredible oral history, their folklore and myths past down through the generations. This book is a fantastic collection of stories from such a vast area as the south pacific but share a common heritage. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Lessons of Tragedy Book

The Lessons of Tragedy


  • Author : Hal Brands
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-26
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 213
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300238242

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The Lessons of Tragedy Excerpt :

An eloquent call to draw on the lessons of the past to address current threats to international order The ancient Greeks hard‑wired a tragic sensibility into their culture. By looking disaster squarely in the face, by understanding just how badly things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courage—to spur citizens and their leaders to take the difficult actions necessary to avert such a fate. Today, after more than seventy years of great‑power peace and a quarter‑century of unrivaled global leadership, Americans have lost their sense of tragedy. They have forgotten that the descent into violence and war has been all too common throughout human history. This amnesia has become most pronounced just as Americans and the global order they created are coming under graver threat than at any time in decades. In a forceful argument that brims with historical sensibility and policy insights, two distinguished historians argue that a tragic sensibility is necessary if America and its allies are to address the dangers that menace the international order today. Tragedy may be commonplace, Brands and Edel argue, but it is not inevitable—so long as we regain an appreciation of the world’s tragic nature before it is too late.

Return to Paradise Book
Score: 4
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Return to Paradise


  • Author : James A. Michener
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804151467

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Return to Paradise Excerpt :

James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim. In this sequel collection, Michener once again evokes the magic of the extraordinary isles in the Pacific—from Fiji and Gaudalcanal to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea—through stories that burst with adventure, charm, and local color. For Michener’s many fans around the globe, Return to Paradise is a precious second look at a land of enchantment by one of the most gifted storytellers of the twentieth century. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Return to Paradise “A brilliant book and a worthy successor to Tales of the South Pacific.”—The Atlanta Constitution “This is a book that should be read by everyone. . . . All who have seen the South Pacific will find on every page the odors of frangipani, copra, blood, and beer.”—The New York Times “There’s drama and pathos and adventure and humanity . . . and a very high degree of excellence. Michener can write.”—Kirkus Reviews

South Sea Tales Book
Score: 3
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South Sea Tales


  • Author : Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2008-05-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191021398

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The literary world was shocked when in 1889, at the height of his career, Robert Louis Stevenson announced his intention to settle permanently on the Pacific island of Samoa. His readers were equally shocked when he began to use the subject material offered by his new environment, not to promote a romance of empire, but to produce some of the most ironic and critical treatments of imperialism in nineteenth-century fiction. In these stories, as in his work generally, Stevenson shows himself to be a virtuoso of narrative styles: his Pacific fiction includes the domestic realism of `The Beach at Falesé, the folktale plots of `The Bottle Imp' and `The Isle of Voices', and the modernist blending of naturalism and symbolism in The Ebb-Tide. But beyond their generic diversity the stories are linked by their concern with representing the multiracial society of which their author had become a member. In this collection - the first to bring together all his shorter Pacific fiction in one volume - Stevenson emerges as a witness both to the cross- cultural encounters of nineteenth-century imperialism and to the creation of the global culture which characterizes the post-colonial world. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Michener s South Pacific Book

Michener s South Pacific


  • Author : Stephen James May
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN 10 : 0813035570

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Michener s South Pacific Excerpt :

May delves deeply into this formative and turbulent period in Michener's life and career, using letters, journal entries, and naval records to examine how a reserved, middle-aged lieutenant known as "Prof" to his fellow officers became one of the most successful writers of the 20th century.

The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest Book

The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest


  • Author : Graeme Lay
  • Publisher : Awa Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 0958250901

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The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest Excerpt :

This marvelous collection of travel stories from the South Pacific reveals Paul Gauguin's shocking Tahitian secrets, retraces the last tragic days of Robert Louis Stevenson, and recounts the author's own haunting by Herman Melville, as well as his attempts to seduce the Slovenian Olympic ski team in the Cook Islands.

Tales of the Tikongs Book
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Tales of the Tikongs


  • Author : Epeli Hau‘ofa
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 1994-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 108
  • ISBN 10 : 0824815947

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Tales of the Tikongs Excerpt :

In this lively satire of contemporary South Pacific life, we meet a familiar cast of characters: multinational experts, religious fanatics, con men, "simple" villagers, corrupt politicians. In writing about this tiny world of flawed personalities, Hau‘ofa displays his wit and range of comic resource, amply exercising what one reviewer called his “gift of seeing absurdity clearly."

South Pacific Book

South Pacific


  • Author : Oscar Hammerstein (II)
  • Publisher : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN 10 : 1480355542

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South Pacific Excerpt :

"Adapted from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel 'Tales of the South Pacific' by James A. Michener."

South Pacific Book

South Pacific


  • Author : Jim Lovensheimer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0199779708

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South Pacific Excerpt :

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" has remained a mainstay of the American musical theater since it opened in 1949, and its powerful message about racial intolerance continues to resonate with twenty-first century audiences. Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Jim Lovensheimer offers a fascinating reading of "South Pacific" that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process. Indeed, the author shows how Rodgers and especially Hammerstein continually refined and softened the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences. Likewise, Lovensheimer describes the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, tracing how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms. The book also offers valuable background to the writing of "South Pacific," exploring the earlier careers of both Rodgers and Hammerstein, showing how they frequently explored serious social issues in their other works, and discussing their involvement in the political movements of their day, such as Hammerstein's founding membership in the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. Finally, the book features many wonderful appendices, including two that compare the original draft and final form of the classic songs "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair" and "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy." Thoroughly researched and compellingly written, this superb book offers a rich, intriguing portrait of a Broadway masterpiece and the era in which it was created.

Tales of the Pacific Book

Tales of the Pacific


  • Author : Jack London
  • Publisher : Digireads.com Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN 10 : 1420943308

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Tales of the Pacific Excerpt :

Jack London (1876-1916) was born in squalor and rose to become one of the most recognized names in American literature. London's travel and adventure stories have made him a favorite not only among young American boys, but also among scholars and authors like George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway because of his ability to infuse his writing with his own unique philosophical beliefs. As an ardent Socialist, London's views were an often overwhelming mix of Nietzsche, Marx and Darwin's theories on evolution and society, in whom he was thoroughly well-read. During the last few years of his short life London travelled around the Pacific islands, recording stories to be compiled in this collection. The stories skirt the line between fiction and non-fiction, illustrating the lush beauty of the Hawaiian Islands through London's characteristically evocative and dramatic style. These stories are viewed by some as London's finest writing.

The South Pacific Companion Book
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The South Pacific Companion


  • Author : Laurence Maslon
  • Publisher : Anova Books
  • Release Date : 2008-05
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 1862058121

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The South Pacific Companion Excerpt :

Following the successful The Sound of Music Companion, comes The South Pacific Companion, the essential guide and history for the discerning musical lover and SP fanatic. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of this wonderful film. This fascinating book covers the history of the stage show and its historical context. World War II was fresh in the world's minds when this show first opened on Broadway - only 4 years after the end of the war - and this gave the film an immensely poignant immediacy. Deservedly, both the novel and the musical of South Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize. South Pacific returns to the UK stage in summer 2007 with a 10 month tour, starring Helena Blackman (from How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria) and Dave Willetts. In 2008 the musical's first ever Broadway revival is to open at the Lincoln Center in April. With extensive images from the film, plus many never seen before photographs from the original stage show, this is a beautiful and indispensable guide to South Pacific. Wordcount: 35,000 words Other Companion titles: Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera Companion 9781862057630 The Sound of Music Companion 9781862057500 The Sound of Music Companion Collection with CD 9781862057777 !-- bullets -- 2008 sees the first US revival on Broadway 50th anniversary of the much loved film Places the story in the wider context of a world at war Many great images from the ever popular film

Poland Book
Score: 4
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Poland


  • Author : James Albert Michener
  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release Date : 1984
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780449205877

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Poland Excerpt :

Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events and unforgettable characters in the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries. In a tradition of resistance to barbarian Tatar invaders and brutal Nazi occupiers, with a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, three Polish families live out their destinies and - and the drama of a nation.

Hawaii Book
Score: 3.5
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Hawaii


  • Author : James A. Michener
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 1136
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804151405

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Hawaii Excerpt :

Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions. Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life. Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, and, ultimately, join together. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Centennial. Praise for Hawaii “Wonderful . . . [a] mammoth epic of the islands.”—The Baltimore Sun “One novel you must not miss! A tremendous work from every point of view—thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous.”—Chicago Tribune “From Michener’s devotion to the islands, he has written a monumental chronicle of Hawaii, an extraordinary and fascinating novel.”—Saturday Review “Memorable . . . a superb biography of a people.”—Houston Chronicle

South Sea Tales Book
Score: 3.5
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South Sea Tales


  • Author : Jack London
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019-06-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781528787420

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South Sea Tales Excerpt :

“South Sea Tales” is a fantastic 1911 collection of short stories written by Jack London, most of which centre around island communities or life abroad a ship. The stories include: “The House of Mapuhi”, “The Whale Tooth”, “Mauki”, “'Yah! Yah! Yah!'”, “The Heathen”, “The Terrible Solomons”, “The Inevitable White Man”, and “The Seef of McCoy”. This volume will not disappoint lovers of the short story form, and it constitutes a must-read for fans and collectors of London's seminal work. John Griffith London (1876 – 1916), commonly known as Jack London, was an American journalist, social activist, and novelist. He was an early pioneer of commercial magazine fiction, becoming one of the first globally-famous celebrity writers who were able to earn a large amount of money from their writing. London is famous for his contributions to early science fiction and also notably belonged to "The Crowd", a literary group an Francisco known for its radical members and ideas. Other notable works by this author include: “Martin Eden” (1909), “The Kempton-Wace Letters” (1903), and “The Call of the Wild” (1903). Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.