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A Son Of The Sun

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Clap your lips to this."

With several deft strokes of his heavy-backed sheath-knife, Grief clipped a triangular piece of shell from the end of a husked drinking-cocoa-nut. The thin, cool liquid, slightly milky and effervescent, bubbled to the brim. With a bow, Pankburn took the natural cup, threw his head back, and held it back till the shell was empty. He drank many of these nuts each day. The black steward, a New Hebrides boy sixty years of age, and his assistant, a Lark Islander of eleven, saw to it that he was continually supplied.

Pankburn did not object to the hard work. He devoured work, never shirking and always beating the native sailors in jumping to obey a command. But his sufferings during the period of driving the alcohol out of his system were truly heroic. Even when the last shred of the poison was exuded, the desire, as an obsession, remained in his head. So it was, when, on his honour, he went ashore at Apia, that he attempted to pu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Jack London does not disappoint. While his obvious admiration of calm, strong, self-collected men is omnipresent, he tells a good story and one with a punch to it. This is a collection of stories set in the South Seas, starring a millionaire merchant adventurer by the name of Captain David Grief....more

Captain David Grief is a hero of the old school. Through courage and wits he defeats his rivals one after another, be they pirates, opportunists, debtors, storms, card sharps or braggarts. He is an expert sailor, wildly successful businessman, expert tactician, moderate drinker, and socialite. He...more

I was sitting by the Caribbean sea in some wicked nice Lagoons while I read this, and the book is written about a sailor sailing mostly in those waters, so I was torn away from reality into a simlliar reality

Zanimljiva zbirka kraćih priča o jedrenju..

চমৎকার আটটা গলপের সমভার। সমুদর খুব টানছিল আমাকে। বইটা পড়ার পরে আরো টান অনুভব করছি। কযাপটেন ডেভিড গরীফ, তোমাকে ধনযবাদ।

david grief is an interesting character to read.he is a captain and travels and with his wit and charm manages to escape from even the trickiest situations he finds himself in.its interesting to read of his adventures,how he goes about them,with a bit of humor and lots of entertainment.just didnt...more

A collection of short stories taking place in the South Pacific. Nothing so special if you ask me but it's always interesting to see how an American author of that era depicts (and perceives?) colonialism and the relations between the white man and the indigenous peoples of the South Seas.

3.5 για την ακρίβεια.
Μικρές ιστορίες όπου πρωταγωνιστεί η ηρωική φιγούρα του Ντέιβιντ Γκρηφ, τοποθετημένες στις ακτές του Νότιου Ειρηνικού στις αρχές του 20ου αιώνα. Ευχάριστο αλλά όχι τίποτα ιδιαίτερο...more

Some of these stories appear in other Jack London collections, but until this well-researched edition came out there was nowhere to get them all in one book. These David Grief stories are a pleasure to read: a truly heroic hero, exotic settings, well-crafted characters, language at once crisp and...more

Совершенно иначе воспринимается сборник «Сын Солнца», изданный в 1912 году, когда Джек Лондон имел финансовые затруднения и писал о чём угодно, лишь бы получить гонорар. Однако, удовольствие от чтения всё-таки можно получить. Читателя снова ждут приключения людей, столкнувшихся с неприятностями н...more

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