- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (3 Aug. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340415533
- ISBN-13: 978-0340415535
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 3.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Other Side of Paradise Paperback – 3 Aug 1995
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A charming, wartime adventure, set in the South Seas from the author of Tanamera.
About the Author
Noel Barber has enchanted millions of readers with his six bestselling novels. In these powerfully exotic novels he drew upon his own experience as one of the leading foreign correspondents from the 40s to the 60s working on the Daily Mail. He was the first Briton to reach the South Pole since Scott, was stabbed five times while covering the wars in Morocco and was shot during the Hungarian uprising. He died in 1988.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Kit arrives on the south seas island of Koraloona he becomes enchanted with the place, and dreams of spending his life there, raising a family with the beautiful Aleena, and building a hospital with the colourful character of Doctor Reid.
Kit's plans all start to fall apart as war threatens to engulf not just his new home, but the whole world.
The book is let down in a few respects, that detract from an otherwise captivating story. That the author has done some research is evident, and appreciable in a story like this, but it falls short in his depictions of both British and American military, and plate-tectonics. Characters are many times hollow, and, sadly, the main character comes off as a bit of a jerk - he is far too selfish and lacking compassion to be convincing as a good, heroic doctor, especially in times of crisis. The female characters come across as one-dimensional, and the author seems to be under the impression that all American characters must use constant expletives. The most disappointing part of the book comes in the truncated Part Four, in which the author, possibly grown tired of his story, albeit loses the plot in both willing suspension of disbelief and characterisations.
Not at all a bad book, and quite a thrilling read. Definitely a good adventure with a little romance around the edges.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read, I love all of Noel Barber books, brilliantPublished 3 months ago by wendy stephenson
There are much better pieces of historical fiction out there. Try 'The Oshadangwa Murders'. OK it isn't soft focus, but it is funnier and more realistic.Published 5 months ago by Guy Dawnay
Always enjoy Noel Barbers books and now I have them on Kindle they are so much easier to keep track ofPublished 7 months ago by K. Young
Have read this book more than once, the author writes so you instantly visualise the scenery, you feel you know the characters and you live the storyPublished 8 months ago by Traceylee Hayes