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On the Makaloa Mat/Island Tales

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Unlike the women of most warm races, those of Hawaii age well and nobly. With no pretence of make-up or cunning concealment of time's inroads, the woman who sat under the hau tree might have been permitted as much as fifty years by a judge competent anywhere over the world save in Hawaii. Yet her children and her grandchildren, and Roscoe Scandwell who had been her husband ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by 1st World Library (first published 1919)
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Sylvester
2.5* Loved the first story which gives all the flavour of the Big Island and named so many places I know - lovely. The rest were okay - London writes well, his description is excellent, but these are not plot-driven stories,and feel a little lack-lustre as a result.
patty
Aug 14, 2012 patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Halfway through, and thoroughly enjoying this history lesson of old Hawaii through London's tales. Defo a good read for anyone living in the aloha state with an interest in the past. Easy to find as a free download online.
John
Aug 22, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Here's a bunch of short stories that take place in post-Kingdom Hawaii, up until around the 1910s. There are love stories (tragic or not), adventure stories, and some comedy as well. I liked it.
Greta
May 02, 2012 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories was published after Jack London died and I bet if he had lived, then there would have been more adventure in each story.
Laura Hinrichs
Oct 23, 2009 Laura Hinrichs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories about Hawaii. The book really captures the island nicely.
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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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