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The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They sat, flower-garlanded, in the perfumed, luminous night, and their lips made uncouth noises and their throats rasped approval of Koolau’s speech.  They were creatures who once had been men and women.  But they were men and women no longer.  They were monsters—in face and form grotesque caricatures of everything human.  They were hideously maimed and distorted, and had the seeming of creatures that had been racked in millenniums of hell.  Their hands, when they possessed them, were like harpy claws.  Their faces were the misfits and slips, crushed and bruised by some mad god at play in the machinery of life.  Here and there were features which the mad god had smeared half away, and one woman wept scalding tears from twin pits of horror, where her eyes once had been.  Some were in pain and groaned from their chests.  Others coughed, making sounds like the tearing of tissue.  Two were idiots, more like huge apes m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was an interesting collection of short stories by author Jack London, of a time mostly gone by in Hawaii. Many of these stories dealt with leprosy and the victims of this disease being sent away to Molokai. Some of the stories also dealt with class differences, some of which still exist in o...more

Great stories about Hawaii, whose themes still resonate today. House of Pride is one of the saddest tales I've ever read about brothers. Koolau the Leper is an incredible allegory about U.S. expansion into Hawaii, as well as a vertiginous story about evading quarantine on Kauai. Goodbye, Jack and...more

Having grown up in Hawaii and lived on the Big Island, I loved the beautiful comparisons of the trade winds and the mountain breezes in "The Sheriff Of Kona"-- the words transported me to a place I wish I were enjoying today rather than trying to keep warm in snowy weather.

As a person recently re...more

London has such a voice! In this collection of short stories he explores the peoples and values and geography of Hawaii with respect and admiration. From old women sitting on a porch discussing the men who had significance in their past to the now-old man who dove into a cave to extract the shinb...more

Throughout House of Pride, especially with the leper stories, the reader can see the dramatic influence London's earlier journey to Hawaii, chronicled in his The Cruise of the Snark, had upon these short stories. Scenes and phrases are virtually lifted from that earlier memoir. As for the stories...more

So glad that we found this book! Great stories of the old days in pre-statehood Hawaii. Pure Jack London too.

Cuentos entretenidos, pero nada excepcional. Sólo para pasar un buen rato.

I have only actually read The House of Pride, which is the only book I intended to read from this book, for now. I may read more of it in the future. But I have other stories that I would like to read first.

Читая рассказы Джека Лондона всегда приходишь к пониманию, что вот ты в них запутался. Их поразительное обилие требует основательной усидчивости, иначе напрочь теряешь их привязку к времени написания. При этом у Лондона сюжеты остаются неизменными. Вновь читатель сталкивается с гавайскими сказани...more

La casa del orgullo
La verdad es que este relato me pareció bastante normalito. Me gustan los relatos, sí, pero generalmente me quedo con un vacío gigantesco cuando el relato es bueno y yo solo quiero seguir leyendo. Desafortunadamente, con este relato, no sentí absolutamente nada. Es más, todo...more

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