Jack London in Paradise: A Novel

Jack London in Paradise A Novel Jack London The name stands for adventure Explorer Social activist Romantic Self educated genius White Fang Call of the Wild Martin Eden The Sea Wolf Generations worldwide have been thrilled by his ta

  • Title: Jack London in Paradise: A Novel
  • Author: Paul Malmont
  • ISBN: 9781416547228
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jack London.The name stands for adventure Explorer Social activist Romantic Self educated genius White Fang Call of the Wild Martin Eden The Sea Wolf Generations worldwide have been thrilled by his tales, probably never realizing how true to life they really were He did not imagine the hardships and brutality of life in the Yukon, on the high seas, or in the b Jack London.The name stands for adventure Explorer Social activist Romantic Self educated genius White Fang Call of the Wild Martin Eden The Sea Wolf Generations worldwide have been thrilled by his tales, probably never realizing how true to life they really were He did not imagine the hardships and brutality of life in the Yukon, on the high seas, or in the back alleys of Oakland He lived them Few men were his equal and only one woman ever fully captivated his heart By the time he was forty, no American was famous And in the winter of 1915, the great writer set sail on one last adventure.But in this story of that adventure, he is being hunted.Hobart Bosworth an aging matinee idol and filmmaker is desperate for one Jack London picture to save his career Hollywood machinations have driven a wedge between him and his old friend He has tracked Jack and his wife, Charmian, from the mysterious ruins of their once magnificent Wolf House across the Pacific to the volcanic islands of Hawaii The Jack London he finds here is a man half mad with visions, a man struggling with the ghosts of his past, the erotic temptations of the island paradise, and his own wolflike nature.Now Hobart s original goal to save his studio has become a desperate struggle to save his friend and preserve the icon he has become With or without Charmian London s help.A romantic novel of sweeping passions and raw adventure set against an unforgettable, sultry backdrop, Jack London in Paradise vividly imagines the last year in the life of a legendary man nearly everyone knows about, but few actually know.

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    1. I am liking this book. I read Paul Malmont's first book and totally enjoyed it. That one was a little hard to get into and this new one is too but it's starting to pull me in finally.

    2. There's a case to be made here that this is Paul Malmont's take on e-books/new media and the death of literacy (i.e a dirge and/or lament of the decay of traditional publishing). If I was writing a full on exegesis, my thesis would probably run something like this:We have a principal narrator (Hobart Bosworth) who is involved in the new media of the time (silent films) who is in effect pestering the great literary mind of his time (Jack London) to snap out of his decline and author a screenplay [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a slow start, but the attention to detail really drew me in. It gives a good feel for how the early 20th century looked in entertainment, fashion, politics, views on relationships etc. I wondered throughout the book how much license Malmont took with the details of Jack's life, or if he tried to stay true to history. I have always very much loved Jack London's books, but have only ever read the most popular titles. I'm now inspired to read some of the [...]

    4. I requested this book for Christmas. My loving husband always comes through. I had read a good review of it in the summer. This is a fascinating bibliographical novel of Jack London. It gives a great feel for the early twentieth century film industry, the Hawaiian Islands of that time, the health interests of Jack London and his second wife and how they reflect this era of American history. The author tells the story and continually feeds you the details of Jack London's life, his time in Alaska [...]

    5. Parts adventure, history, romance, mystery, drama, and travelogue, 'Jack London in Paradise' is a beautiful and sweeping novel. Malmont has cleverly constructed his work of fiction, drawing us in by slowly revealing his larger-than-life characters' intricate motivations through a backdrop of action and exotic locales. We become immersed in their triumphs and tragedies, which are considerable to say the least. The richness of Malmont's historical detail and cinematic storytelling is irresistible [...]

    6. Decent sophomore effort from the author of Chinatown Deathcloud Peril. I didn't know much about Jack London before this, and I still don't plan on reading his books, but it was an interesting view into the world before the first World War touching on topics of communism, Hawaiian annexation, and early Hollywood (an actor would be embarrassed to be known as going to a pyschoanalyst!).I'd like his third book to be another noir piece.

    7. This was a slow moving book. Like Paul Malmont's previous books, the history of the real-life main characters was well defined & they seemed to be completely in character as the real people who they are modeled after. The gist of the story is, in 1916, Hobart Bosworth, a silent - later talking - movie actor, writer & director is in dire need of money to hold off Adolf Zukor & his Paramount cronies. He was always successful with adaptions of Jack London's novels so he goes to see Lond [...]

    8. This historical-fiction book was about the last year of Jack London's life spent in Hawaii. Although no one in our Book Club really liked the book, we did have one of the very best discussions about it. Who would have thought it!What it did was prompt several of us to delve deeper into Jack London's life . . who he really was, what did happen to the mansion he built in Kenwood, how much was truth and how much fiction. About three of us would now like to read his autobiography and even reread sev [...]

    9. I know this isn't the best book in the world, but I loved it becauseit had Jack London in it and Hawaii and Honolulu and Oahu couldn't help but love it.

    10. Fictional portrait of Jack London at forty years of age, based on real events of his biography just before his death. Fascinating.

    11. Gack. Couldn't finish it. A recap of part of London's life--a tale not told well at all. Lots of characters taking a page or too to divulge goings-on they couldn't have possibly known about.

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