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Find The Story behind the Musical...,
This review is from: Tales of the South Pacific (Mass Market Paperback)I always knew that the lovely musical 'South Pacific' was based on a story by James A. Michener. I loved the film since about 49 years. Then I bought the book, but - being Austrian - in the German translation - and was disappointed, for almost no allusion was made to the story the film was based on and it did not help me to understand more.
Many years later I saw the musical again in one of Vienna's Opera houses and this time I bought the original book, edited in 1947 and oh!! what a lot of enlightening stories emerged! Suddenly I understood the whole of the plot of the film, up to why they changed the colors of the picture in the song about Bali-ha'i, John Cable's love to Liat and the problems he got with his feelings, Nellie's wish to break out of the confines of Little Rock and therefore falling in love with Emile De Becque and so much where I just had an inkling what it meant.
So this really makes sure that I will never again buy a book in a translation if I am able to read the original! The book is very good and tells so much about what happened during this war to the American soldiers and the people they came to know then...