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South Sea Tales (Modern Library Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Jack London , Christopher Gair , Tony Horwitz
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like the celebrated Klondike Tales, the stories that comprise South Sea Tales derive their intensity from the author’s own far-flung adventures, conveying an impassioned, unsparing vision borne only of experience. The powerful tales gathered here vividly evoke the turn-of-the-century colonial Pacific and its capricious tropical landscape, while also trenchantly observing the delicate interplay between imperialism and the exotic. And as Tony Horwitz asserts in his Introduction, “When London’s stories click, we are utterly there, at the edge of the world and the limit of human endurance.”


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“He was an adventurer and a man of action as few writers have ever been . . . the excellence of his short stories has been almost forgotten.”—George Orwell


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“He was an adventurer and a man of action as few writers have ever been . . . the excellence of his short stories has been almost forgotten.”—George Orwell

Product Details

  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375759298
  • Publisher: Modern Library (September 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSO6W
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not South Sea Tales December 30, 2003
By hal96a
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This review is of South Sea Tales (Modern Library Classics) by Jack London (Paperback - April 9, 2002). A commenter notes that the review may have been applied to other editions and formats in the Amazon automation maze that actually contain the original collection of stories.

One star is not because the Jack London stories in this book are not wonderful. It is because this book is not South Sea Tales by Jack London, which I first got from my grandfather's bookshelf and was one of the most memorable reads from my youth. It is a collection of sea stories, including four from South Sea Tales, but I have found a copy of the original stories at Barnes and Noble. One might guess that some of the stories were dropped because, like Huck Finn, they use dialogue and espouse attitudes that we now know better than to live. The stories are still great and do not deserve to become un-stories. This collection is misnamed and misleading.
This edit is a clarification. The replacement stories are wonderful. I believe they come mostly from The Voyage of the Snark. But the Snark stories are much more documentary style fiction and may? have been written to finance that ill-fated cruise. The original stories in South Sea Tales are literary and have the period qualities found in Joseph Conrad's novelettes. You won't be sorry you read them, but the replacements are not the quality of the original stories in the collection.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid 1900's sea stories October 17, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Eight good stories by Jack London, about the people and places of the south Pacific in 1908. Also a good long introduction by A. Grove Day which should (like all too many "introductions") only be read *after* reading the stories.
Most of the people in these stories are, of course, either victims or perpetrators (or both) of one of those long painful Western exploitations of a less civilized ("less civilized") part of the world. London knows that that's what's going on, and he writes with sympathy for all concerned, and without the more self-conscious bemoaning that would be expected of a XXIst century writer. To the modern reader, then, he can sometimes seem cold-blooded, but seldom disturbingly so.
The prose is fine and spare most of the time, and never gets in the way of the tale. The places and the tales are memorable. There is not a great variety of character and setting; the eight stories together could almost be a single novel. His voyage on the Snark (which inspired these stories) clearly left him with a strong and single impression of this place and these people, and he conveys that impression skillfully along to us.
Definitely worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Collection November 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
London does not disappoint in this collection. His observations are as sound today as they were in his time. It was fascinating to see that London even experimented with science fiction in his story the Red One.

Sean O'Reilly

Editor-at-large

Travelers' Tales

Editor of 30 Days in the South Pacific
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Collection! November 27, 2004
By j.
Format:Paperback
It's a shame Jack London's "South Sea Tales" (sometimes referred to as "Hawai'ian Stories") are not more respected, both by the masses and by literary circles. London's stories here are equally as engaging as his better-known Yukon tales ("White Fang," etc.). And the fact that the setting is so drastically different from the snowy Northern Hemisphere of his other tales represents how versatile of a writer he was. It is true, there is not a lot of character differentiation from story to story, which may annoy readers looking for a veritable "collection" of stories and yet please those other readers looking for stories that are connected and read more like chapters of a novel. Nonetheless, Hawai'i is a United State and yet, fiction from this region that is taught on an academic, American Literature collegiate level is rare. That is a shame, because this collection shows that the region is intriguing, dangerous, and beautiful, all at the same time (and what more can you want out of a short story collection)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A major problem April 2, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To start with, this is NOT "South Sea Tales." The original collection of Jack London short stories bearing that title is a collection of 8 stories as far as I have been able to determine, and only some of those appear in this collection. Publishers have been misleading readers by putting out a wide variety of editions that contain SOME stories from South Sea Tales, and using the same original title without indicating that it is not the original. To give the present publisher credit, if you check inside to read the table of contents, it contains 10 stories, only four of which are from South Sea Tales, but the book cover can mislead a purchaser who is not careful (Amazon, at least, gives you the option of checking inside).

Having said that, it represents some of the lesser writing by Jack London. It is not at the level of his writing about the Yukon. If you are a Jack London fan, you might want to read it. Otherwise save your money. I might have given it three stars if the publisher had used an honest title, but I am irked by publishers who mislead purchasers (another problem has been publishers who change a title on a book, so you think you are buying something new and end up with something you have already read).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack London is the best, what style and command of the language
Jack London is the best, what style and command of the language. The flow and rhythm make for a fun read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by kevin benton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read.
London's writing pulls you in to his experience in the Pacific islands in the 1800's. A great historic account of the white incursion into the South Pacific and how many "lost... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars more of jack is great
very interesting stories
Published 3 months ago by JAMES MCDaniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading, tho
Syories are shorter than expected. Good reading,tho. Recommended!
Ron Staley
Published 4 months ago by Ronald M Staley
3.0 out of 5 stars Late London, not great London...
... but if you are prepared to accept the racial stereotypes of the time, of both black and white, and to be invigorated by a milieu of nature 'red in tooth and claw', then these... Read more
Published 4 months ago by stoddard martin
3.0 out of 5 stars A dated literary work.
South Sea Tales was enjoyable light reading. It didn't have real depth to it, but it was entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
A collection of generally entertaining short stories. An easy read. I would have liked a bit more information on the geography but otherwise fine.
Published 6 months ago by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Realism at it's finest!
Published 6 months ago by Jim Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars cimogene
The story "The Heathen" was excellent! A must read. Encouraged me to read more Jack London books especially about the south pacific.
Published 8 months ago by Carol I Resko
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It. YOU WILL LOVE IT.
A great story,ageless . Jack London is a story teller for all. He is not at all over rated. Great
Published 8 months ago by William L. Trout
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