Pretty thin reading, and only mildly interesting, this is the story of a 17-year sojourn in Tahiti, between the wars. Lured there by a book, Mystic Isles of the South Seas, the Guilds left New England- went via Holland, France, Italy, Egypt, and arrived after a succession of mishaps, bought land and built a home. The book tells of friends and neighbors, of servants; of goodnatured, lazy, childlike Tahitians; of hard-working ingenious Chinese; of an odd but interesting assortment of white residents, including the daughter's amazing Russian tutor. Panorama of incident and atmosphere, of flora and fauna, flower growing, chicken raising, of feasts and parties, of fishing expeditions. Light, pleasant style -- but unimportant.