Tales of the Pacific

Jack London - Author

Andrew Sinclair - Editor/introduction

Andrew Sinclair - Afterword by

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ISBN 9780140183580 | 240 pages | 07 Nov 1989 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Shattered by tropical disease and a gruelling voyage across the Pacific, Jack London spent many of the last months of his life writing in Hawaii. His search for untouched civilizations had revealed cruelty and ignorance beside startling beauty, a flawed paradise. Tales of the Pacific is the fruit of this quest. The stories embody the power and harshness of Hemingway and demonstrate a mastery of the short-story form equal to that of Conrad or Kipling. They spring from London's desire to reconcile the dream of an unfallen world with the harsh reality of twentieth-century materialism.

Edited with an Introduction by Andrew Sinclair

Notes to the Introduction

The Chinago
The House of Mapuhi
The Whale Tooth
The Seed of McCoy
Good-By, Jack
The Sheriff of Kona
Koolau the Leper
The Bones of Kahekili
When Alice Told Her Soul
The Water Baby

Afterword: Jack London's Life and Works
Note on the Texts
‘He was an adventuror and a man of action as few writers have ever been . . . the excellence of his short stories has been almost forgotten’ – George Orwell