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Dutch Courage and Other Stories

Jack London

Book Overview: 

Jack London was quoted as saying, "I've never written a line that I'd be ashamed for my young daughters to read, and I never shall write such a line!" After his death in 1916, his wife Charmian assembled a collection of stories, most of which he had written for young readers, but at least one of which was for more mature readers, "Whose Business is to Live." Like most of London's work, his short stories could be read by young readers and then again when they were older with mature minds. These stories draw from London's own extensive experience in the world and demonstrate the dictum that "good writing is good writing" no matter for whom it was written.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .pe over the next and to draw themselves up to it.

A bronzed and bearded man met them at the top and gripped their hands in hearty fellowship.

"Talk about your Mont Blancs!" he exclaimed, pausing in the midst of greeting them to survey the mighty panorama. "But there's nothing on all the earth, nor over it, nor under it, to compare with this!" Then he recollected himself and thanked them for coming to his aid. No, he was not hurt or injured in any way. Simply because of his own carelessness, just as he had arrived at the top the previous day, he had dropped his climbing rope. Of course it was impossible to descend without it. Did they understand heliographing? No? That was strange! How did they——

"Oh, we knew something was the matter," Gus interrupted, "from the way you flashed when we fired off the shotgun."

"Find it pretty cold last night without blankets?" Hazard queried.

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Content warning for dated and offensive racist, sexist, nationalist, homophobic language and themes.
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Can't say I remember much about this one. Blends in well with Jack London's other short story collections.

Джек Лондон писал или редактировал около пятисот слов каждое утро — так начинались все дни знаменитого американского писателя. После он был свободен и тратил жизнь на впечатления, где одна из главных ролей принадлежала алкоголю. О тяге к спиртному Лондон говорил не раз, осознавая, что до добра эт...more