Tales of the Sourh Pacific, James A. Michener

South Pacific The dis-oriented author is a James Michener fan. I have read several of his books, Texas, Chesapeake, The Source,
Carribbean and Centennial. I enjoyed them all.

Tales of the South Pacific is Micheners first book about his time in the navy during World War II. This book won the Pulitzer prize and was the basis for the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway show South Pacific and the movie of the same name.

I found this book hard to put down.

Fans of the Broadway show or movie will love this book. All of the key players are here. There is Navy Lieutenant Joe Cable. The exiled Frenchman Emile Deveque. Luther Billis is a real person, a big dealer just like in the show. Bloody Mary and Liat are there home on the island of Bali Hai. Even the naive Nelli Forbush is based on a real person.

This book is the story of Americans at war. Sitting around on islands and atolls under the Pacific sun waiting for the war to catch up with them. These are the Americans who saved and made the modern world.

Tales of the South Pacific gets 4 of 5 dis-oriented smileys  ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-(

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