Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener, the Macmillan Company, 1946

Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener won the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The award was instituted in 1948.

For that reason alone, I am glad I read this book. It is the first on my journey to read all Pulitzer Prize winning literature.

However, on its face, Tales of the South Pacific bored me.

Tales of the South Pacific is a collection of sequentially and geographically related short stories about World War II. There are recurring characters who crop up in different capacities throughout the stories, but there is no one, single continuous story, and that frustrated me.

The characters never developed for me, which is a shame because a lot, mostly Tony Fry and Bloody Mary had potential for great character development.

There were love stories about winning a native's hand in marriage. There were humorous stories like the one about a service man who sent his wife vulgar and detailed love letters. There were dramatic stories like the base being bombed by the Japanese. And there were heart warming stories about service men betraying their country to try and perserve the natives' land.

But because they were so short and disjointed, I found myself consistently getting lost.
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