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Jerry of the Islands

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ements of the most exciting day in his life; and he was asleep and kicking and growling in his sleep, ere Skipper, with a last look at him and a grin as he turned the lamp low, muttered aloud: “It’s that wild-dog, Jerry.  Get him.  Shake him.  Shake him hard.”

So soundly did Jerry sleep, that when the rain, having robbed the atmosphere of its last breath of wind, ceased and left the stateroom a steaming, suffocating furnace, he did not know when Skipper, panting for air, his loin cloth and undershirt soaked with sweat, arose, tucked blanket and pillow under his arm, and went on deck.

Jerry only awakened when a huge three-inch cockroach nibbled at the sensitive and hairless skin between his toes.  He awoke kicking the offended foot, and gazed at the cockroach that did not scuttle, but that walked dignifiedly away.  He watched it join other cockroaches that paraded the floor.  Never had he seen so many gathered together at one. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A fascinating, unfaiirly unprized "dog storie" by the Master of wolf/dog stories - Jack London. This book, along with its twin - "Michael, brother of Jerry", will be perfect read for everyone who loved the stories about White Fang and Buck.

Eskimeyen kitaplar yazanlardan biri daha.. Jack London’ı okumak her zaman çok keyifli.

My Sunday assignment, finish my first edition Jack London novel.

Not his best, but intriguing, and his insight into the presumed workings of the minds of dogs seems spot on.

The way racism infects the world, including through our training of pets, is projected convincingly as well.

Several reviews...more

Kimsenin köpekleri bu kadar iyi anlayabileceğini ve üzerine muhteşem bir roman yazabileceğini düşünmemiştim. London'ın insanlar ve ırklar üzerine düşünceleri günümüz dünyasında oldukça rahatsız edici olabilir. Fakat bu söylenene göre gerçek bir hikaye ve daha da önemlisi bir köpek hakkında

This is a charming story about a dog, with all the detail and gritty reality we expect from Mr London. Normally Mr London's offerings would get more than three stars from me, however I found this book badly marred by the constant use of expressions which we no longer use in polite society, and wh...more

I tried. Getting past the use of the n-word was hard, though I am a Jack London fan and know that the word was a part of history, albeit one of the ugly parts. I made it half-way before the dialogue in beche-mer began. That is the language used between white and native populations in the South Se...more

Jedna vrhunska knjiga

Adventures of a racist dog. Even allowing for Prevailing Attitudes of the Times, it's hard to get through. Jack London is no Mark Twain.

I loved this story for the adventure itself and the way that Jack London can make you care about what's going on in a dog's mind. Plus there's a happy ending. Caution: There is no holding back when it comes to the use of racial slurs.

El perro racista correteando por las islas Salomón. Tiene su interés a ratos, pero huele demasiado a "La llamada de la selva".

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