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
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"Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of the war. Mr. Michener is a born story-teller."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Winner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Enter 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 beautiful Tonkinese girl. Nurse Nellie and her French planter, Emile De Becque. The soldiers, sailors, and nurses playing at war and waiting for love in a tropic paradise.
JAMES A. MICHENER served in the Pacific during the war as a trouble shooter in aviation maintenance, and 1ater as Senior Historical Officer for the area from New Guinea to Tahiti. It is a strange fact that he had written most or the manuscript of his book before he was appointed to the job which almost exactly parallels the one held by the narrator of the book. Mr. Michener was born in New York in 1907, and received his A.B. degree from Swarthmore College and his M. A. from Colorado State College. He was awarded scholarships to study in Europe, and lived for two and a half years in Scotland. Ireland, England, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France and Holland. For a time he held papers as an able-bodied seaman in the British merchant navy and sailed in the Mediterranean, touching the North Coast of Africa, Sicily, and the Balearic Isles. He has also traveled in the Baltic, Russia, and Mexico. He has lived in sixteen of the forty-eight states and has traveled extensively in all forty-eight. When queried about his previous publications, Mr. Michener replied cryptically, “Professional educational books, with lots of footnotes."
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