South Sea Tales

Letto da: Lloyd James
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Most readers are familiar with Jack London's stories of the frozen northland, such as White Fang and To Light a Fire, but many critics feel he should be equally acknowledged for his fascinating stories of the South Pacific. Here is another remote corner of the world, a background for his magnificently colorful and entertaining Tales of the South Pacific. London is able to pierce the stereotype of his era concerning the "Noble Savage" and present the people who lived on these exotic islands as individuals who had to deal with the white man's intrusions, the racism, foreign diseases, biased legal systems, and brutality. These stories are based on the themes Jack London considered most important: race, culture, justice, and heroism.
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  • Andre
  • 06/12/2018

Exceptional Storytelling

Jack London's "South Sea Tales" hit my sweet spot of masterful storytelling, well-crafted writing, thrilling adventure, and dark humor. Usually I wait until after I finish an audiobook to review it, but after I saw several negative reviews I am going to review it now after listening to the first two stories, and urge you not to listen to those other reviewers. Listen to the book yourself. Without question, Jack London is one of the finest writers of short stories. In these tales he not only gives free reign of his creativity, but delves into his deep knowledge of the South Pacific, having sailed there himself. I would listen to the first story "The House of Mapuhi" again just to hear this tale of a precious pearl and a murderous hurricane. If you are into cannibals, you got to listen to "The Whale Tooth." I dare you to put the audiobook down when you are half way through with this story. You will want to finish this story and go on to the next one. London knows how to hook a reader or listener whom he keeps engaged, surprised, entertained, and thrilled until the very end. The narration is also superb. Buy this audiobook.

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  • Generale
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  • Paul
  • 10/02/2020

The South Seas; Alive and Kicking

Jack London resurrected. The book is a masterpiece; tales of a hurricane so strong you cannot breathe, of battles between slave traders and the villagers they hunted and who hunted them, of the odessy of the most beautiful pearl ever found, of the treacherous shoals and currents conspiring to sink a ship in distress and the Pitcarin Islander who left his home in order to navigate the hapless crew to a safe harbor hundreds of miles away. Written with London's deep understanding of Man, an artist's insight into his surroundings, and a great writer's ability to weave a sumptuous tale right before your eyes.

  • Generale
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  • EMFORD
  • 08/08/2018

The stories got a bit repetitive after a while

I enjoyed the book but I was also happy when it ended. The stories all blended together by the end.

  • Generale
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  • CJ
  • 01/02/2010

Be prepared - it's from another time

While Jack London was an amazing writer, these stories haven't stood the test of time too well. It's hard for a modern reader to get past the racism - which is pretty constant - including the liberal use of the "n" word. If you're able to listen to it as a product of its time, great - but for kids? It's got an "audible kids" intro, and I don't think I'd want my kids to listen to this without a whole lot of discussion.

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