Stories of Hawaii

Stories of Hawaii Thirteen yarns drawn from the famous author s love affair with Hawaii Nei London was at the peak of his powers when he wrote them Foreword by A Grove Day

  • Title: Stories of Hawaii
  • Author: Jack London A. Grove Day
  • ISBN: 9780935180084
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirteen yarns drawn from the famous author s love affair with Hawaii Nei London was at the peak of his powers when he wrote them Foreword by A Grove Day.

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    1. The good: I needed information on turn-of-the-20th-century Hawaii, and London's lush descriptions caused me to make many notes. The bad: overall, the content of these stories struck me as dreadfully dull, and it made for a slow, torturous read. I often read nonfiction faster than this. The character development dragged, and many stories resolved around the theme of affairs or similar interpersonal drama, plus a fixation on leprosy. I loved the actual details about Hawaii, its history, and its wa [...]

    2. I received this book as a gift from a friend who had gone back to Hawaii to visit her family. It was a pleasant surprise to find this book among others in the box she'd sent me as I didn't realize Jack London wrote a collection of short stories about Hawaii. All said, I liked the various points of view depicted in the short stories. They are told from a myriad of perspectives that range from the Hawaiians all the way to the hodgepodge of races that migrated to the islands. A few stories even inc [...]

    3. "But to return. Hawaii is the home of shanghaied men and women, who were induced to remain, not by a blow with a club over the head or a doped bottle of whiskey, but by love. Hawaii and the Hawaiians are a land and a people loving and lovable. By their language may ye know them, and in what other land save this one is the commonest form of greeting, not "Good day," nor "How d'ye do," but "Love"? That greeting is Aloha - love, I love you, my love to you. Good day - what is it more than an imperso [...]

    4. Unlike the other book in this two-book ring (Nordic Nights) which I couldn't get into, I enjoyed this one very much. I've never been to Hawaii, but definitely want to go after reading this collection. I enjoyed the stories and the glimpse back in time that they provided -- Jack London is an excellent author, of course, and does a fantastic job of capturing what must be the essence of Hawaii at that time. My favorite piece, though, was the non-fiction essay about surfing (or "surf-riding" as Lond [...]

    5. Somewhat goodI still think James Michener's "Hawaii" is my favorite fiction about island life that I have read so far. The themes in these stories seemed a little overplayed: the unapologetic leper, the crafty Chinese businessman, the native Hawaiian woman who married a haole and got no lovePerhaps these themes were novel when Jack London published them? My favorite short stories from the seris: Koolau the Leper (definitely the best, and you can read it online here: online-literature/poe/72/) an [...]

    6. These stories portray Hawaii when it was just an American territory and also before the coup. Most of the stories present aspects of Hawaii that people might not be familiar with like the leper colony on Molokai and many ancient customs. These stories really show what Hawaii was like before it was commercialized, and after finishing, I felt like I had a much stronger understanding of the culture there.

    7. We visited Jack London's neighborhood in Oakland, and we spent a month in western Oahu, far removed from the tourist experience of other parts of the island. We got a glimpse of the resurgence of native Hawaiian culture. With that context, I read London's "Stories of Hawaii" and sympathized greatly with the Hawaiians' lot.

    8. Jack London is a little bit too much a man's man for me, but many of these stories were interesting, including a shot autobiography in the back. London touches a little on the history of Hawaii in his stories, as well as its unique diversity (at least back then) and leprosy. A lot of leprosy, actually. I guess that was a hot button topic back then.

    9. A delightful compilation of Jack London's short stories about his time in Hawaii in the early 1900s. London was captivated by Hawaiian culture, the mix of Asian influences in the islands, and the art of surfing.

    10. Good reading while on vacation in Hawaii. Though these stories were written 100 yrs ago on one of London's visits to The Islands, there is still a lot that resonates.

    11. His accounts of the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific give the impression that he was there and knew what he was talking about.

    12. A great collection of stories of the Hawaiian Islands before they were over populated and truly a paradise.

    13. I actually rated this book 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5 on my website/blog, cloquetriverpress. You'll find a longer review there.Mark

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