The eagerly awaited Volume Two of Graeme Kennedy's best-selling New Tales of the South Pacific offers another collection of beautifully written short stories based on characters and their triumphant and tragic experiences in a region many believe to be Paradise. But there is another, gritty side to the Pacific Kennedy has come to know well - a side away from the five-star resorts, where the reality of life makes dreams fragile.
Beginning with the life story of the Queen of the South Seas, the legendary Aggie Grey, who was thought to have been Michener's model for his outrageous character, Bloody Mary, New Tales includes stories of black humour, despair in the happiest of Pacific Islands, and the bittersweet ends of two lives of persons who, like Robert Louis Stevenson, go to Samoa to die. Reminiscent of the great Louis Becke, New Tales of the South Pacific - Volume Two is Kennedy at his best.
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