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It was nice to see the story about not just the people of the area but how the tourists are treated and what he saw and observed and not just studied.

Imagine reading a James Michener book with only two titles on the “also by this author” attribution page! Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. This book format is different than any I have read before. It’s hard to explain the empty, unsatisfied feeling I had after reading this novel.

Written after spending a year with his wife in the various islands of the South Pacific in the late 1940s, Michener writes this fascinating novel as a prototype to the kind of geographical novels that Michener would devote most of the rest of his life writing; novels like "Chesapeake", "Texas", "Poland" and "Centennial". The stories are a readable and very human perspective of the WWII conflict and how it caused upheaval of the prevailing social and colonial order. by Fawcett. Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018. Sweet, fun, entertaining.. The person reading the audiobook did not indicate when chapters changed, so it was hard to know if what I was listening to was his factual chapter or the fic. Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017. Being a beach bum is not all it’s imagined to be!

Everyone who has ever wanted to give up in life, OMG! The format is a nice combination of description and drama for each of the locations he covers. The result is an overall effort that does not equal that of Tales of the South Pacific but whose individual stories sometimes rise above anything he has written before. Now Caleb is in trouble and he has a choice to either participate in the Re-START program or go to prison. I don't know.

A complete and utter travesty. I loved Lenny and Julio and Trish and Damon once again impressed me and Lou was awesome!! Read. The whole time I kept thinking stop being a jerk to her and just tell her you love her.

Michener reflects the basic sort of contradictions that still afflict many liberals today: he is quick to blame "Communism" for everything bad, but insists that improvements could be made if only labor had more rights(!

Another amazing book!

The main female character is again Maggie. It is also one of his earlier works so. I finished this in one day just like the other one. Please try again. Maggie’s tried to forget about Caleb, but when they are forced to participate in RE-S. Return to Paradise picks up eight months after Leaving Paradise.

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. September 12th 1984 In this his third book, you can see the emergence of the writer to come; the first essay will be expanded into the first chapters of "Hawaii". And now - he's back. God, I'm such a cry baby!!! Written in the late 1940s, these short stories are tales and recollections from Michener’s post-WWII revisit to the south Pacific islands. Lou and Maggie's mum getting together was nice. From his perspective, much has changed since the war on most islands. Please try again. ); part of what bothers him about Australia and New Zealand is the "socialist" character of the governments (and he does accurately portray some of the problems state-socialism provided to its citizens), but still insists that things like free health care and a reduced work-week are what make these places great places to settle down in.
The main male character is again Caleb. Caleb is trying to figure out his life and I think he matures a lot throughout this book. Caleb has become a top fictional boyfriend!

I finished the book within a few hours. I enjoyed these books a lot and this wrapped up really well. Typical Michener - - great geographical, historical, and character development.

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Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018.

I was especially swept up in his descriptions of Maori women dances with their poi balls. God, I'm such a cry baby!!! There is drama and hurt feelings, but the drama makes the romance that much better. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2018. I think once the story got back to the main plot conflicts, I found a path to follow through the novel to the very end. I'm glad I read it! It depicts a transitional time before the south Pacific becam.

I preferred the tales of adventure on remote islands over the social stories about WWII in New Zealand and Australia, but the entire book was worthwhile to listen to. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

The format of non-fiction material followed by a story is a good one although I find the last few chapters dragging; the stories are often about girls and love and the obvious sexism and racism that was around in 1951 is let's say, quite educational. I think once the story got back to the main plot conflicts, I found a path to follow through the novel to the very end. This was a great conclusion. Of the stories Michener composed for this collection, only the one set in New Zealand ("Until They Sail") is competently composed; the rest are quite amateurish in regards to characterization, pacing, and plot sha.
This isn't my actual review. To see what your friends thought of this book, Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #2).

Thankful for such writers. A sequel of sorts to Tales of the South Pacifc, Return to Paradise takes a different formal track than that of the earlier volume. This is like Michener's other books but instead of one long narrative from the beginning to the end. I have been thinking about the islands lately, so this was a perfect read for that reason alone.

I am crying from hap. Refresh and try again.

The book consists of his unique telling of the history of the smaller (Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc) and larger islands (NZ and Australia), and short stories creating scenes of local color through the lives and loves of imaginary locals and visitors. My overall impression is that this narrative had some good points and some very bad points (keywords: rampant cliches and overly drawn out drama), but overall left a neutral impression on me.

I've been on such a Contemp kick that these stories move me beyond words. Written after spending a year with his wife in the various islands of the South Pacific in the late 1940s, Michener writes this fascinating novel as a prototype to the kind of geographical novels that Michener would devote most of the rest of his life writing; novels like "Chesapeake", "Texas", "Poland" and.

This summer, as the world was thrown into uncertainty by a pandemic and our... Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave.

This is like Michener's other books but instead of one long narrative from the beginning to the end.

I liked Hawaii better and Rascals in Paradise as well, but I've never met a Michener book I could put down. Please try your request again later. Let’s say it now and say it proud: Horror is back. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I really, really liked Leaving Paradise. I like that Maggie really comes out of her shell and stops pitying herself. Here's the thing: cultural morays, values and perceptions were very different 50 years ago when this book was written. And after abruptly landing back in the “real world”, I grabbed every book I could get my hands on that was set in these beautiful Islands – if only to recapture for just a moment a teeny bit of the magic found in that amazing archipelago. I feel that I should write a review for this only because I was mislead by other reviews. It is mostly the essays, however, that are worth reading; the fiction is pretty terrible. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Can I just let out my emotions real quick? After becoming accustomed to brilliance from this author, this one was really disappointing.

I say it's idealistic because his narrative bears out that human interaction and the tide of human events WILL tarnish this paradise, but the IDEA remains that there is a paradise that survives whatever humans do to it or in it, and Michener maintains the beauty even when there is human ugliness overlaying it. This is an outstanding sequel to LEAVING PARADISE! For most readers I don't think this book offers much of interest or value; for scholars of culture and discourse, it can be quite interesting. Return to Paradise is the follow-up to Tales of the South Pacific, the inspiration beh And after abruptly landing back in the “real world”, I grabbed every book I could get my hands on that was set in these beautiful Islands – if only to recapture for just a moment a … Caleb and Maggie are thrown together by extenuating circumstances and forced to spend a month together on the road discussing their accident with other teens. This is one of Michener’s earliest books and was not as enjoyable to me as his later works. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Keeping in mind when it was written, though, helps. Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles Second in the Leaving Paradise series 3.5 stars. I had to struggle to keep going in several but was always rewarded with learning new things. This was a great conclusion. We get treated to lines like: This was a roller coaster story that immediately picks up eight months later from when Caleb disappeared from Maggie's life, never once contacting her, his family or friends in all that time.