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by A. Grove Day,James A. Michener

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 grandeur became a nightmare; Will Mariner, a golden-haired youth who used his charm to win over his captors; and William Bligh, the notorious HMS Bounty captain who may not have been the monster history remembers him as. From lifelong buccaneers to lapsed noblemen, in Michener and Day’s capable hands these rogues become the stuff of legend.   Praise for Rascals in Paradise   “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
Download Rascals in Paradise: Turbulent Adventures and Bold Courage on the South Seas epub
ISBN: 0449214591
ISBN13: 978-0449214596
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: A. Grove Day,James A. Michener
Language: English
Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (October 12, 1987)
ePUB size: 1513 kb
FB2 size: 1202 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 492
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Thought this was going to be a sweeping saga (like Hawaii), but instead it’s a series of stand alone stories about South Pacific pirates and rogues from the great ‘sailing ship’ days.

The first story was fairly decent, (about piracy aboard a whaling ship) but it seemed to end too soon and too abruptly. After that, the subsequent stories failed to catch my imagination at all……and I gave up at 40%.
I love James Michener and decided to read him again. I am interested in the South Pacific, so this is the book I picked to read. However, it had way too much blood & gore it in. Hated to learn how the "white man" treated the natives and each other for that matter. You can pick and choose which short story you want to read and after a few I was done!
Really loved it! It's non-fiction (just FYI). The authors mention other authors, like Louis Becke, Gavan Daws, and others, and my husband and I are reading those also. My husband loves the collection of 39 stories by Louis Becke, available on Kindle. Should this be required reading for young people, to warn them about the dangerous people in the world? I know I was way to sheltered and uninformed. I feel fortunate I made it to retirement age in tact (mostly).
I read this book back in the 70's but lost it. I ordered it for a friend.. reread it again, and gave it to him. He was also happy to receive and read it as Michener (as usual) has written a well crafted book using excellent research. If one is interested in sailing, the sea, and the true stories of pirates and scoundrels of years past; I would encourage you to read this book.
I read this to learn more about the exploration and adventurers in the South Pacific which I enjoyed, but this isn't James Michener's writing so must be his co-author, A.Grove Day who is not nearly as effective-entertaining. Nonetheless I did learn and stimulate my interest in knowing more and visiting the islands.
Gold as Heart
All the pirates and then some.
I've read a lot of Michener's books. This is neither one of the best or one of the worst. But it does tend to do well from a human interest point of view and does give some good insights about life in the south pacific.
Some of the stories I really enjoyed others not so much. The good ones were really good though.