PLEASURE ISLAND by William Maier


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What happens when 1200 marines, and 500 Seabees, land on a Pacific island paradise inhabited only by an old world gentleman and his three young daughters. Roger Halyard, who brushes up on his knowledge of the Americans with a re-reading of Robert Louis Stevenson's Across the Plains, is still unable to cope with them-either quantitatively or individually as they pursue his daughters. His many qualms about Violet, who has a brazen streak like her mother, about Hester, his favorite whom he cannot bear to lose, and about Elsie, only 17, are finally quieted down when the Americans leave- and leave him his daughters- with the exception of Hester whose Lt. Gilmartin will settle for the island life too.... Summery stuff, which passes time pleasantly, easily, by the author of Spring Flight (Duell, Sloan & Pearce-1943).

Pub Date: May 20th, 1949
Publisher: Messner