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South Sea Tales

Jack London

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. . .He was only waiting, he assured Starhurst, until his oldest wife, who was very sick, should die.

John Starhurst journeyed up the sluggish Rewa in one of Ra Vatu's canoes. This canoe was to carry him for two days, when, the head of navigation reached, it would return. Far in the distance, lifted into the sky, could be seen the great smoky mountains that marked the backbone of the Great Land. All day John Starhurst gazed at them with eager yearning.

Sometimes he prayed silently. At other times he was joined in prayer by Narau, a native teacher, who for seven years had been Lotu, ever since the day he had been saved from the hot oven by Dr. James Ellery Brown at the trifling expense of one hundred sticks of tobacco, two cotton blankets, and a large bottle of painkiller. At the last moment, after twenty hours of solitary supplication and prayer, Narau's ears had heard the call to go forth with John Starhurst on the mission to the mountains.

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Community Reviews

This isn't the correct edition, but I'm using it for Libervox recordings of London's stories.

"A Thousand Deaths" is a SF story with some magical science & horror elements. I'd give it 3 stars. Reminiscent of The Island of Dr. Moreau in some ways.

"Terrible Solomons" gets 2 stars, barely. It's...more

I enjoyed this collection a lot more than I thought I would. Some stories are much better than others, as is the case in general with these sorts of collections, but on the whole, I thought each story had something of interest to offer. What surprised me the most was London’s portrayal of the har...more

These stories really ranged from 1-3 stars. Most of the first ones were pretty good. A lot of them were way too long and incredibly dull.

The House of Mapuhi
A great typhoon sweeps over a small atoll, leaving the inhabitants shaken and tossed about, only to realize that nothing, really, has changed. 4/5

The Whale Tooth
It's always a good idea to listen to the advice of those who are wiser than you, even when you have the hand of God o...more

Most readers or casual observers of Jack London recognize his masterpiece The Call of the Wild and the adjoining tales about the Klondike. Others may also recognize The Sea Wolf or White Fang. South Sea Tales is a collection of eight stories thematically set in and around the South Pacific.

As br...more

(Review Provisória) ==3,5== (desafio #abrilcontosmil)
Um bom livro de contos que nos transporta para os mares do Sul e nos leva a viver várias aventuras sempre com o mar como pano de fundo.
Estes foram tempos duros e violentos e as aventuras que Jack London nos conta são tão exóticas e diferentes q...more

"La misión del hombre blanco es colonizar el mundo y bastante tiene con eso. ¿Cree que le queda tiempo para entender a los negros?"

Me han encantado estos relatos de ficción histórica situados en Hawaii u otras islas colonizadas. Son un retrato fantástico de la colonización y sus efectos adversos,...more

No one should go through life without this. Just read "THE HEATHEN" if you don't believe me.

My introduction to the fiction of Jack London is South Sea Tales, an immersive collection of short stories that rustled palm trees in my imagination and at times seemed to blow the aroma of banana leaves from the page. Originally published in South Sea Tales (1911), House of Pride and Other Tales...more

I had forgotten what a great pleasure good Jack London can be. This is a light hearted clutch of adventure in the South Pacific. The Stevenson was more naturalist, more anthropologist. London throws in the occasional Melanesian word, dwells for a few sentences on canibal lire and then is off to a...more

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