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I'm looking for novels that take place in the Pacific during WWII. The war itself shouldn't be just the backdrop of the story but an essential part. I'm particularly interested in the motif of Hell invading Paradise, the stark contrast between utter cruelty and untainted ideal and how the latter deals with the emergence of the former.
Maybe there are some wargamers or literature/history buffs who may be able to help.

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The Dutch East Indies is a subgenre in Dutch literature, that becomes less and less important now we move away further in time. A lot of books deals with the war in the Pacific, but to say that it was paradise invaded by hell ... no. It is more like a transfer of the indifferent people of Indonesia from one hand to another. Though many colonial official workers had the idea they were in an emerald green paradise.
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Even though this isn't what I am looking for, it does sound interesting. I wasn't aware of that niche, but this is hardly surprising: my knowledge of literature beyond the English and German speaking world is quite... limited.
Are there any German or English translations available? Are there any "must-reads", any volumes you should pick up to familiarize yourself with that genre?
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The first thing that came to mind is James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, a collection of related short stories based on his observations when he was based on Vanuatu (which is now a game!). It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for the hugely successful Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

A lesser known work of Michener's that you may also want to check out is his "Dibs of the South Pacific". Subtitled "Yum!".
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Thank you very much for your advice. I'm aware of Michener, I even have got his Tales of the South Pacific sitting on my bookshelf; without having read him, I've always suspected him of leaning towards the idyllic, but maybe it's time to dump some presumptions and to actually read his most famous book...
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Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead

Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice

James Clavell - King Rat

Alistair MacLean's South by Java Head

Edward L. Beach - Run Silent Run Deep

James Farrell - The Singapore Grip

The "Papua" trilogy by Peter Watt (wildly melodramatic) :
Papua - WW1, interwar period.
Eden - WW2
The Pacific - WW2

Two books by Julian Lees: The House Of Trembling Leaves and The Fan Tan Players

Leon Uris' Battle Cry

There is also a fellow named William Butterworth who writes under the name W.E.B.Griffin. He has written a whole series of thrillers featuring a group of US Marines. They sound like Biggles meets James Bond (I have not read them) but there are about a dozen of them. #1 is Semper Fi

Also Ballard's Empire of the Sun. It's set in Shanghai, but it is still a masterpiece.
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Isn't James Jones's "The Thin Red Line" a good example of this? I only saw the movie so I don't know for sure. The book appears to be very good at depicting the combat.

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I didn't know that "The Thin Red Line" is based on a novel - that's of course a perfect fit - thanks a lot!

Ozludo, thanks a lot for your list as well - I think I've got a good foundation to start working...
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glahn wrote:
Even though this isn't what I am looking for, it does sound interesting. I wasn't aware of that niche, but this is hardly surprising: my knowledge of literature beyond the English and German speaking world is quite... limited.
Are there any German or English translations available? Are there any "must-reads", any volumes you should pick up to familiarize yourself with that genre?


Maybe this will clear out a bit.

Must read:
Max Havelaar by Multatuli

Oeroeg by Hella Haassse is extremely popular among students, due to the number of pages ... 110.
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