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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (March 11, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749311886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749311889
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The best book about those far-scattered islands that has appeared in a long time . . . a portfolio of rare and ruthless personalities that is calculated to make the curliest hair stand straight on end.”The New York Times
 
“[Combines] research and scholarship (A. Grove Day was a professor at the University of Hawaii) with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character (Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction).”Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The fascinating stories of adventurous men who sailed the South Seas

Some craved power, some craved peace, others merely surrendered to fate.

Sam Comstock -- A sailor crazed by the South Sea Islands and driven to lead the ruthless mutiny. He envisioned himself a magnificent ruler -- but his dream became a nightmare.

Will Mariner -- A golden-haired youth whose ship was captured by hostile natives. He was the sole survivor and his charm turned his captor into slaves.

Captain Bligh -- Was he the infamous captain of the Bounty, the monster legend had made him? Here is the true story of Captain Bligh.

Rascals In Paradise

They searched for adventure in the most dazzling places on earth. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I read it again just before we made the move.
Norm
I have read most of these stories multiple times and find this a book that remains interesting.
M. S Swanson
A great gift for a couple taking their first trip to the islands.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book several times and would recommend it to any
one interested in the history of the South Pacific. I have
read most of his books, and found it to be one of his best. I
enjoyed Tales of the South Pacific, but his non-fiction work
was very informative.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. S Swanson on July 7, 2004
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Michener and his partner, South Pacific expert A. Grove Day, tell a wild variety of stories from the horror of the Globe Mutinity to the incredible adventures of Coxinga, pirate of the South Pacific. If you want to know the true story of Captain Bligh, the man of mutinies, you'll find there's much more to the story than in the movies.
The theme here is that for centuries civilized man has dreamed of island life with beautiful willing women and few rules or responsibilities. This book shows the folly and tragedy of many and the luck and fortune of some who made it work. I have read most of these stories multiple times and find this a book that remains interesting. As always, Michener is well researched and quite compelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
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Great book about the dreamers of the South Pacific. It is a collection of short stories of important and not so important dreamers who have wanted to make a name for themselves in the South Pacific. Stories range from brutal mutiny to the early history of the Hawaiian Islands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
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Great book about the dreamers of the South Pacific. It is a collection of short stories of important and not so important dreamers who have wanted to make a name for themselves in the South Pacific. Stories range from brutal mutiny to the early history of the Hawaiian Islands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on April 8, 2006
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"Tales of the South Pacific" with protagonists you can love to hate? That's what I was expecting when I picked this book up, since I'm a Michener fan from back far enough so I had to use my mother's library card to check out his books (for some strange reason the Children's Room librarian wouldn't let me have them!). On that level - whether or not this volume of true stories met my expectations - I'm disappointed. I'm not sure if it's because of the co-author's influence on Michener's style, but that definitely could be it. There's a certain academic dryness here that I don't remember from any other Michener work. Or is it because the people depicted are just so unremittingly BAD that spending time with them isn't fun?

In any case, these are well-researched chronicles of the lives of some through-and-through rascals who did their evil deeds from the 16th Century through the first part of the 20th. There's plenty of irony, plenty of historical detail, and plenty of adventure. I found it depressing, but I recognize that as a personal reaction. Its premise, pointed out by the authors at the book's beginning, is definitely borne out: the "refuge" so many men and women have sought, and continue to seek, in Polynesia just isn't there to find. "Wherever you go, there you are?" So very true - and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed recognizing some of the true stories on which elements of Michener's beloved novel "Hawaii" are based.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Ryan on November 6, 2006
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Michener's compilation of short stories arrayed around the dreamer in all of us who lust over south seas lore, whether we have lived there or perhaps never even visited. These are stories rich in visual majesty, and the human ambition, drive, and misadventure, which the lucky few of us have actually lived.
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This book is considerably shorter than the usual James Michener novel, but that's because it consists of short stories covering characters who actually existed in the past in East Asian and Pacific Island history. Characters like Bully Hayes (an American pirate of the 19th century), Coxinga (whose real name was Nicholas Iquan) who controlled Formosa (present day Taiwan) in the 17th Century and commanded a large fleet of pirate ships that patrolled all over the seas off of East and SouthEast Asia, and many other real characters. I found the book very interesting and educational (as I have with all the James Michener books I've read). This book (along with other James Michener books) never goes out of date; it is good reading for anyone and all generations. If you like history, you'll like this book.
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By Kenneth W. Craw, Jr. on June 2, 2014
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This was a little different from other Michener books I've read in that it wasn't historically chronological. However, it wass a very interesting description of some very interesting Characters.
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