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"Lloyd James reads wonderfully, turning a one-man reading into a lyrical presentation that feels like a full-cast production. Not only does James handle half a dozen accents easily, he shifts pace to capture the cadence of London's vivid passages of extended description and allows London's near-poetry to ring out powerfully."-- "AudioFile"
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" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B086MKJGDL
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 7, 2020)
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 6025 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08N1M86XS
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,686 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. Faery Lands of the South Seas (1921) (With Active Table of Contents)
2. Twenty years in the Philippines (Illustrated) (1853)
3. Captain Quinton: Being a Truthful Record of the Experiences and Escapes of Robert Quinton during his Life Among the Cannibals of the South Seas (1912)
4. James Chalmers, missionary and explorer of Rarotonga and New Guinea (1887) (Interactive Table of Contents)
5. The History of the Bonin Islands from the Year 1827 to the Year 1876, and of Nathaniel Savory, One of the Original Settlers
6. The life and adventures of Alexander Selkirk the real Robinson Crusoe: a narrative founded on facts (1829)
7. The Sandalwood Trade and Traders of Polynesia (1862 Pamphlet)
8. Philippine Folk Tales [Illustrated ]
9. Lost Island (1918) (With active table of contents)
10. The Mystery of Easter Island: The Story of an Expedition (1919) (Linked Contents)
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).
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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Obviously Jack London is one of histories greatest writers and I am sure the story will be amazing as his other works. Just the book itself looks terrible!