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Adventure tells about the confrontation between a man who finds himself alone in front of a plantation - harassed by blacks cannibals - and a bold, independent and liberated feminist woman, Joan Lackland, who's arrival at the plantation turns everything upside down...

Published in 1911, this novel, a devastating portrayal of colonialism and slavery set in the Solomon Island
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Published July 13th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1911)
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Petko Bossakov
The book is intense and fast-paced; fun, relatively short, quick to read, interesting mostly because of the story itself and not so much for the characters in it, who hardly seem to go through any major development, and feel a bit flat (David is just a random dude who didn't stand out as anyone really interesting in my eyes, and Joan is, well, unrealistically perfect).

Of course, to a 21st century reader, there is something deeper that's much more evident in the book -- the racism present from th
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Virginia
May 10, 2013 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being familiar with many of Jack London's more popular books (such as White Fang) I was intrigued by this swashbuckling adventure... as it turned out, an incredibly racist swashbuckling adventure. The basic premise is following the "Adventure" of a plantation owner in the Solomon islands in the late 1800's (I'm assuming), especially after a spunky American women gets shipwrecked off the island and comes to stay for a bit. The character of Joan, is really where the book redeems itself. For a book ...more
Marie Østvold
Nov 21, 2014 Marie Østvold rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In a way it can be interesting, it contains perspectives which can be linked to anthropology- the discovery of different cultures and so forth. How they (read: white men)consider the people of the Solomon Islands and their ways ('the primitive bushpeople'). It can also contain history; endeavours across the oceans, plantations and so forth. Not to mention the view of women- this might be one of the most interesting parts in the book- how Miss Lackland is supposed to be the man of women, so to sp ...more
Erik
Aug 13, 2010 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I had already read Jack London's "White Fang" (awesome) and "Call of the Wild" (also very good) so I decided to check out this novel of his. Turns out to be awesome too. I found the story compelling and fun to follow. It really spoke to the part of me that has integrity and wants to stand up for what is true. Fun read.
Klim
Oct 25, 2015 Klim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time you begin a Jack London book you are immediately swept away by the his masterful writing and this was no different. But that excitement quickly dispersed into mixed emotions. The book begins with a potentially strong female character, which was refreshing, and yet by the end has reduced her to your typical supporting heroine. The title is fairly misleading as well because despite the ample opportunities set up for said 'adventure', they are often reduced to a few summaries and glossed ...more
Librarymary
Sep 25, 2014 Librarymary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting in its treatment of romance and adventure.
Brom Kim
Aug 21, 2008 Brom Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No one I ask has ever heard of this story, but there's more to Jack London than sled dogs and Alaska. This less known romance is about a South Seas cocoanut plantation owner in the Solomons who meets a fiesty American lady, and the adventures that ensue.

It is well written, especially in dialog, but what I like most about this book is the glimpse into history and the detailed nautical research. I have seen pictures of London in a yacht. I'm not sure if he actually sailed the Pacific, but it seem
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Jim Pozenel
It was well written, but with a very racist outlook. It didn't seem to have some "hidden message" about racial tolerance like "Huckleberry Finn" or "Uncle Tom's Cabin", which were both written well before this book and seemed to have little impact on London's thinking. He seemed to go well beyond reporting what may have been the facts of the time, especially when the main character thinks of the black workers appearance as being similar to monkeys.

"Adventure" seemed to be saying (to me) that in
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Sinan Öner
I read Jack London's book, I liked.
Hayley Smith-Kirkham
A lot of the time I spent reading this book I loved it, as soon as Joan Lackland entered the story. She's a character should have her place in the annals of literature. It is, though, one of those books that is old-fashioned enough and deals with subject matter such that it comes off extremely offensive (e.g. racist). But at the least, London did a good job of making those racist sentiments come from the characters themselves, illuminating their outlooks, rather than giving the reader the feelin ...more
David Miller
Very romantic and full of excitement and adventure. The storyline was hard to follow though at times. It does give good insight into white slavery and racism well though.
Shaun
Nov 01, 2013 Shaun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horribly written, racist clap trap
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Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.

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“As he talked or listened, he made grimaces like a monkey.  He said yes by dropping his eyelids and thrusting his chin forward.  He spoke with childish arrogance strangely at variance with the subservient position he occupied beneath the veranda.  He, with his many followers, was lord and master of Balesuna village.  But the white man, without followers, was lord and master of Berande—ay, and on occasion, single-handed, had made himself lord and master of Balesuna village as well.  Seelee did not like to remember that episode.  It had occurred in the course of learning the nature of white men and of learning to abominate them.  He had once been guilty of sheltering three runaways from Berande.  They had given him all they possessed in return for the shelter and for promised aid in getting away to Malaita.  This had given him a glimpse of a profitable future, in which his village would serve as the one depot on the underground railway between Berande and Malaita. Unfortunately, he was ignorant of the ways” 1 likes
“Solomon Island scourges, dysentery, had struck Berande plantation, and he was all alone to cope with it.  Also, he was afflicted himself. By stooping close, still on man-back, he managed to pass through the low doorway.  He took” 1 likes
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