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    Noel Barber(Author)

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Set in a South Sea island paradise on the eve of the Second World War, this novel follows the adventures of Kit Masters, an exiled young English doctor, and his love, Aleena, a Polynesian princess

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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  • PDF | 736 pages
  • Noel Barber(Author)
  • Trafalgar Square (October 1, 1986)
  • English
  • 8
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Foxy Reader on September 8, 2012

    Being a huge Noel Barber fan already, this is an easy review to write. His descriptive writing intertwined with real life events ALWAYS makes me feel like I am so very honoured to experience these events once again. You can, in your mind, picture each character and location...and FEEL what they are feeling as the story unfolds. I had read this years ago, (paper version), and just felt the need to experience it again. I highly recommend this, and all other Noel Barber books you can find..they transport you to another time.

  • By Dorothy Furze on October 10, 2014

    Fascinating book and most enjoyable.


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