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South-Sea Idyls

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Charles Warren Stoddard's "South-Sea Idyls" is a captivating collection of short stories that transport readers to the exotic and idyllic landscapes of the South Seas. Through vivid descriptions and lyrical prose, Stoddard brings to life the beauty and mystery of these faraway islands, as well as the colorful characters that inhabit them.

Each story in the collection is a glimpse into a different corner of this enchanting world, from the bustling ports to the peaceful villages to the lush tropical forests teeming with wildlife. Stoddard's deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the South Seas shines through in his writing, painting a picture of a paradise untouched by modern civilization.

But beyond the stunning scenery, "South-Sea Idyls" also delves into the complexities of human relationships and the clash of cultures that comes with colonialism. Stoddard skillfully weaves together themes of love, loss, and longing, creating a tapestry of emotions that resonates with readers long after they have finished the final page.

Overall, "South-Sea Idyls" is a masterful work that immerses readers in a world of beauty and wonder, while also challenging them to reflect on the darker aspects of human nature. Stoddard's lyrical prose and keen observations make this collection a must-read for anyone who longs for adventure and escape.

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The American Charles Warren Stoddard wrote quite popular travel books, especially those about Polynesia. South-Sea Idyls was his most popular book. A series of letters to a friend, "They are," wrote William Dean Howells, "the lightest, sweetest, wildest, freshest things that were ever written about the life of that summer ocean." Stoddard also wrote The Lepers Of Molokai , a book that brought Father Damien and his charges to public notice. - Summary by David Wales

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