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On the Makaloa Mat

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Published posthumously, this collection of seven short stories and sketches creates a fascinating portrait of life on the picturesque Hawaiian Islands. Brimming with vivid descriptions of the sea and forest, these tales examine the lives of an array of characters and the effect upon them of their contact with Western civilization.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published January 16th 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1919)
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Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Jack London died November of 1916 and these posthumously published stories were written during his final year of life.

The opening title story is very fine indeed. I don’t think that any of the other works match it; they tend to be “tales” rather than coherent literary short stories. Often they have a tendency to ramble from one idea to another but give a very vivid picture of the society in Hawaii that was undergoing cultural shifts.

Despite any shortcomings in structure the tales still have ent
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.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, fiction, hawaii
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.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories about Hawaii. The book really captures the island nicely.
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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