Category : Social Science
Editor : Read Books Ltd
ISBN : 9781446549513
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.

Category : Political Science
Editor : Yale University Press
ISBN : 9780300238242
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.

Category : Fiction
Editor : OUP Oxford
ISBN : 9780191021398
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.

Category : Performing Arts
Editor : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 0199779708
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Dial Press
ISBN : 9780804151467
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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

Category : Fiction
Editor : University of Hawaii Press
ISBN : 0824815947
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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De surfende bewoners van een gemoedelijk klein eiland in de Stille Oceaan worden bedreigd door de moderne samenleving.

Category : Biography & Autobiography
Editor :
ISBN : 141401760X
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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In these personal memoirs Lawrence F. Kirby takes the reader with him as he makes the transformation from an 18-year-old high school graduate to an infantry scout carrying a submachine gun in the jungles of the Pacific islands. Only those who have served in combat can understand what the ordinary infantry Marine had to endure during World War II. The author, a three-campaign veteran, describes it by telling of the human experience - the personal, individual effect of jungle warfare. This is not a story of tactics and strategy; it is a series of short stories, an account from one Marine's small corner of the world that depicts the terror and the tedium, the irreverent and the bittersweet of life during wartime. There is great humor in many of these stories but the common bedrock of fear and brotherhood are the main themes. There are stories about training and Marine Corps discipline, the boredom and boyish pranks between battles and the terror and horror of deep combat. A gifted writer and storyteller, Kirby supplies convincing evidence that it was not so much a sense of duty or loyalty to country that kept men going as it was their genuine love for one another, and their mutual support and inspiration.

Category : Music
Editor : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
ISBN : 1480355542
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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"Adapted from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel 'Tales of the South Pacific' by James A. Michener."

Category : Reference
Editor : Awa Press
ISBN : 0958250901
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Digireads.com Publishing
ISBN : 1420943308
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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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.