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Rascals in Paradise: Turbulent Adventures and Bold Courage on the South Seas

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In a thrilling collection of nonfiction adventure stories, James A. Michener returns to the most dazzling place on Earth: the islands that inspired Tales of the South Pacific. Co-written with A. Grove Day, Rascals in Paradise offers portraits of ten scandalous men and women, some infamous and some overlooked, including Sam Comstock, a mutinous sailor whose delusions of gra ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 12th 1987 by Fawcett (first published 1957)
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Matthew
Aug 08, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever dreamed of establishing their own Colonial fifedom on a tropical island.
Recommended to Matthew by: Read an exerpt from a collection called: The Spell of Hawaii
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Rascals in Paradise contains about seven short biographies of South Sea adventurers. Each sketch is packed with history, geography and little known facts about the Pacific Islands. Each person written about is an exceedingly interesting character who led fascinating lives upon the waves. Almost none of them had I heard of before, Captain Bliegh, of Bounty fame, being the one exception. I learned about William Edgar Leeteg, the inventor of black velvet painting as we know it. Walter Murray Gibson ...more
Chuck
Much of Michener's work is among my favorite reading. He has always been famous for his historical fiction and I thought that that was what I was about to read when I filtered back to this early work of his. This book, however, written shortly after his publishing of his "Tales of the South Pacific" is not fiction. It is a historical account of the plunderers and explorers of the Pacific basin from the East Indies to Alaska to Cape Horn. For all of his wonderful work, Michener is not known for h ...more
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Jul 13, 2008 Julian Friend rated it really liked it
A marvelous read that not only offers a wonderful overview of the South Pacific through the lives of 10 disparate individuals, but also instills in you the desire to see some of those islands for yourself, which is really the best you can say for a book written about places.
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A book about shady characters and their adventures in the south pacific.
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James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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