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Tales of the South Pacific (original 1946; edição 2014)

por James A. Michener (Autor), Steve Berry (Introdução)

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A retelling of the story of the musical "South Pacific," concerning the lives of officers, nurses, a French expatriate, and natives on the islands of the South Pacific during World War II. Includes discussion of the original Broadway production and its cast.
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Título:Tales of the South Pacific
Autores:James A. Michener (Autor)
Outros autores:Steve Berry (Introdução)
Informação:Dial Press Trade Paperback (2014), 384 pages
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I read this in preparation of seeing the current touring production of "South Pacific" this Sunday. The book is much better than I was even anticipating. It's unexpectedly haunting and quite moving. Essentially a collection of short stories with a few recurring characters laced throughout it really provides a panoramic exploration of life for American soldiers in the Pacific waiting for World War II to get started. The strongest stories are reserved for the center of the book, like "Our Heroine," "Dry Rot," and of course "Fo' Dolla'." The stories on the outskirts of this middle section I found to be a tad dull and unexciting comparatively, but the book still kept my attention and I wanted to keep reading. It was also refreshing to read something about the war written shortly after it happened. These are the words of Michener himself, who served in the Pacific. The people in the stories have very different views on race, gender and social conduct which haven't been glossed over and sanitized by history books. It feels like a genuine artifact of that time, and therefore makes it priceless as a time capsule. Highly recommended. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
I hadn't read this book before, but when I saw it on the shelf of a local bookstore on a visit to Kauai, I had to pick it up and add it to my reading pile. I loved Michener's long historical novels as a teenager and so I knew I'd love this one too.

When it finally came to the top of the pile, I wasn't disappointed. There's something about Michener's writing style that pulls you right into a story, and he has quite the collection of stories to tell in Tales of the South Pacific. Stories of life during World War II told as only someone who'd been there could tell them. Stories based on real people and events from Michener's time in Naval service, told with the right balance of humor and respect. If it's been a while since you've read this, or if like me you never have, I really recommend it. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
Very unfocused.

> Each man I knew had a cave somewhere, a hidden refuge from war. For some it was love for wives and kids back home. That was the unassailable retreat. When bad food and [Japanese] shells and the awful tropic diseases attacked, there was the cave of love. There a man found refuge. For others the cave consisted of jobs waiting, a farm to run, a business to establish, a tavern on the corner of Eighth and Vine. For still others the cave was whiskey, or wild nights in the Pink House at Noumea, or heroism beyond the call of valor. When war became too terrible or too lonely or too bitter, men fled into their caves, sweated it out, and came back ready for another day or another battle. For Tony and Charlesworth their cave was the contemplation of another man's courage. ( )
  breic | Nov 3, 2020 |
I am not sure this was the book of Michener that I'd read 35 years ago. It was about all islands, each with it's own society. I remeber the difference between islands that had been Britisch or French colonies. I don;t remeber WO ll. But thta's possible because that doesn't interest me very much. ;p If anyone knows which other book I've possibly read, tell me :) ! probably it was the sequel: Return to Paradise ( )
  EMS_24 | Oct 10, 2020 |
Michener's best work. Every fault attributed to him in his later work is absent from Tales of the South Pacific. His characterizations are varied, full, and complete. The work contains strong elements of humor. In fact, it shifts its emotions constantly and surprisingly. And the narrative is not relentless; it is a complex series of stories with inter-related characters who some how come to populate the entire book. It is a masterpiece. And it is probably the best retelling ever of World War II in the South Pacific.

Bus Adams, Tony Fry, Bill Harbison, Comdr. Hoag, Bloody Mary, Liat, and LaTouche. All are memorable characters you cannot dismiss from your mind. Add to that, the voice of the narrator, and you get a picture of a tropical paradise, the South Pacific, in the midst of turmoil. At times it is boring, other times it produces a serene melancholy, yet other times yield moments of breathtaking beauty, and in others there is horror and bloodshed. Michener has created an entire world: America at war in the Pacific. And he presents the entire picture: we go from the rear echelons, the supply depots, the emergency safe harbors, the evacuated zones, the places recently conquered, the places being conquered, and the final resting place of the men who will never return from the war.

Finally, there is Michener's unique ending. Once again he rounds up all his characters. This time he assesses those who fell and those who survived. Because we have followed along so closely, we readers also feel the impact of lives suddenly removed from all their aspirations, all their wants, all their loves and desires. We are the narrator--the ones who survived and who were tasked with building a postwar America. ( )
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