Song of the Undersea - Ronald KirkbrideLondon: Cassell, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Previous owners' name stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “The clear waters of the Gulf of Ise surround the tiny Japanese island of Awabishima. Far removed from the sophistication of Tokyo and Osaka, its inhabitants have no wish to move from the harbour and the long, silent beaches. Humming-birds flit over the accacia and cherry blossom on the hill-sides, simple houses cluster round the beautiful natural harbour, the sun shines down and the whole scene is animated by the constant, restless movement of the sea. To the islanders, the sea is god, devil, joy and sorrow, leisure and work — it is their life.
When the Bogart brothers arrived on Awabishima, it was at first the sea that concerned them, too. They had come to manage the island’s pearl farm, to look after the lovely Ama girl skin-divers, supervising the seeding and selection of pearls, seeing that the valuable oyster crop was protected from the cold weather and the preying eels. They were firmly caught by the fascination of the people and the surroundings. However, Jim and Naru Bogart were both full-blooded young men. Jim, forthright, all-American; Naru, Japanese-born and regarding this trip from Yale University as a homecoming. Soon the impact of their explosive person-alities and the inevitable contrast of their Western upbringing had a sharp effect on the quiet harmony of the island’s routine. The frustrated love affair between Naru and an enchanting Ama diver called Miyo; the results of Jim’s rejection of Mari, his Japanese mistress; the added complication of the arrival of Alice O’Connor, the attractive air hostess they had met on the plane coming over — these all conspired to explode this quiet harmony into intrigue, hate, violence and tragedy.”