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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

Community Reviews

Сборник рассказов, 8 штук, дающий некоторый поперечный срез творчества ДжекЛондона. Капитаны и калифорнийские землевладельцы, безумные учёные, просто безумные, каторжники и девочки, успешные дельцы, дикари, золотоискатели с Юкона разной степени заморозки, а также их собаки. ДжЛ каким его знают и люб

Beatifully written stories with a lot of heart and soul.

I read a first edition of this book. It was in bad condition, with some of the pages cut from it. I didn’t realize it was a collection of short stories.
While the stories did grab my attention and were not boring, I found them very outdated (what else to expect from a book well over a hundred years o

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, что