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The Turtles of Tasman

Jack London

Book Overview: 

Turn of the century sibling rivalry between successful but uptight California businessman and his ne'er-do-well older brother, both widowers with equally-different 20-ish daughters.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Desay brought ashore with him; of the head-decorated palisade that surrounded the grass palace wherein dwelt the Malay queen with her royal consort, a shipwrecked Chinese Eurasian; of the intrigue for the pearl of Desay; of mad feasts and dances in the barbaric night, and quick dangers and sudden deaths; of the queen's love-making to Desay, of Desay's love-making to the queen's daughter, and of Desay, every joint crushed, still alive, staked out on the reef at low tide to be eaten by the sharks; of the coming of the plague; of the beating of tom-toms and the exorcising of the devil-devil doctors; of the flight over the man-trapped, wild-pig runs of the mountain bush-men; and of the final rescue by Tasman, he who was hatcheted only last year and whose head reposed in some Melanesian stronghold—and all breathing of the warmth and abandon and savagery of the burning islands of the sun.

And despite himself, Frederick sat entranced; and when all the tale was tol. . . Read More

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This short story written by Jack London is a study in contrast between two men who embody opposing aspects of London's character. One is a successful workaholic Frederick Travers a man of high standing vs his brother Tom a wondering adventurer who is dying. London gives us a powerful short story...more

Сборник «Черепахи Тэсмана» включает в себя, считая одноимённый, пять рассказов: «Гобо и фея», «Блудный отец», «Трагедия дальнего Северо-Запада» и «Конец сказки». Единой повествовательной линии между ними нет. Не стоит искать и какую-либо привязку рассказов друг к другу. Их объединяет только то, ч...more