The Other Side of Paradise
Veteran journalist and novelist Barber (Sakkara, A Farewell to Paris isn't strikingly original in either plot or style, yet he tells an entertaining, old-fashioned sort of tale, much like a Nevil Shute story. Kit Masters, a young British doctor, has been dispatched to the remote South Sea isle of Koraloona after an embarrassing incident in London. In this tropical paradise, he is involved in a number of local intrigues, medical challenges as he copes with young polio victims and a cholera epidemic, and a romance with a young Polynesian who is the granddaughter of Gauguin. The artist, or more precisely, his paintings, play a prominent and interesting part in the plot. Removed from the world, yet touched by all that happens, especially the outbreak of World War II, Masters and his fellow islanders battle natural and man-made calamities with pluck and ingenuity in this charming, if rather lightweight, adventure. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. In the 1930s young British physician Kit Masters comes to the South Sea Island of Koraloona to practice. Kit falls in love with Aleena, granddaughter of Paul Gauguin and a Polynesian princess, and the island and its people become his home and family. He longs to give Koraloona the modern medical care it desperately needs, and he and his boss, Scottish doctor Alec Reid, dream of turning the tiny mission clinic into a full-fledged hospital. A secret cache of Gauguin paintings may provide the funding, but one crisis after anothera cholera epidemic, World War II, a vicious vendetta by Aleena's half-Japanese stepfather, and the deadly legacy of the Bikini atom bomb testscreates obstacles. If the prose style reads like a condensed version, it never detracts from the exciting events being described. Recommended for large fiction collections. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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