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The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii

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Originally published in 1912, this collection contains six stories:

- The House of Pride
- Koolau the Leper
- Good-bye, Jack
- Aloha Oe
- Chun Ah Chun
- The Sheriff of Kona

A departure from London's normal tales of the frozen North, all of these tales take place in the islands of Hawaii.
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published March 1st 1912)
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Having grown up in Hawaii and lived on the Big Island, I loved the beautiful comparisons of the trade winds and the mountain breezes in "The Sheriff Of Kona"-- the words transported me to a place I wish I were enjoying today rather than trying to keep warm in snowy weather.

As a person recently retired, I think I enjoyed "Ah Chun" a great deal. A brave man who actually did something that many people daydream about.

"Aloha Oe" was an interesting story that dealt with very real racial issues that we
David Stone
Great stories about Hawaii, whose themes still resonate today. House of Pride is one of the saddest tales I've ever read about brothers. Koolau the Leper is an incredible allegory about U.S. expansion into Hawaii, as well as a vertiginous story about evading quarantine on Kauai. Goodbye, Jack and The Sheriff of Kona read almost like journalistic sketches about the socially blind disease of leprosy, while Aloha Oe is a surprisingly romantic sketch of the blue lagoons of youth polluted by racism. ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Starting reading at the tale end of a trip to Hawaii. I would probably read it again if I were off to Hawaii. The short stories convey the nearly mystical feeling specific to Hawaii that the islands exert on all who visit. I had also had a brief conversation with a local about how Hawaii became part of the US just prior to picking the book up. I would give it 4.5 starts if I could. Maybe 5.
of course I am biased - but the stories about a people who hae been enveloped by American expansionism and the sufferings of the Hawaiian people from missionaries and leprosy are well told by Jack London - he is always my favorite author
Hard not to love London's writing and his stories really capture old Hawaii. There is also a nice autobiographical sketch of his life at the end of the stories.
Abandoned this book. His style is too negative and depressing for me. I get engaged and then disappointed in the end. I like happy endings.
Great on Prose. Great on historical background. Spotty on story.
Linda Horn
This book was more gritty than expected, but very well done.

London-tastic tales of a not-so paradise.
Mike Corley
A fun read about life in Hawaii.
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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.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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