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Jerry of the Islands

(Dogs of the Islands #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Jack London made a specialty of books about marvelous dogs. Jerry of the Islands tells the story of an Irish Terrier, a dog from the Southern seas, rather than the cold North. Jerry's life is colored by his experiences in the rough -- and sadly, racist -- land of Melanesia. First published in 1915, "Jerry of the Islands" tells the story of Jerry's narrow world, in which th ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published 1917 by Mills & Boon
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Jerry of the Islands: A True Dog Story is a book I struggled with from start to finish. The big question: 'is this book racist?' is not an easy one to answer. At surface it seems to be, but the more I think of it, the more it seems that London was portraying the racist views of his time without really believing in them himself. It's definitely a hard book to read or rate. I don't even know how many times I put it down, gave up on it only to pick it up again. I didn't enjoy the beginning at all a ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eskimeyen kitaplar yazanlardan biri daha.. Jack London’ı okumak her zaman çok keyifli.
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Adventures of a racist dog. Even allowing for Prevailing Attitudes of the Times, it's hard to get through. Jack London is no Mark Twain. ...more
Muzaffer Bayraktar
Kimsenin köpekleri bu kadar iyi anlayabileceğini ve üzerine muhteşem bir roman yazabileceğini düşünmemiştim. London'ın insanlar ve ırklar üzerine düşünceleri günümüz dünyasında oldukça rahatsız edici olabilir. Fakat bu söylenene göre gerçek bir hikaye ve daha da önemlisi bir köpek hakkında ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
This is a charming story about a dog, with all the detail and gritty reality we expect from Mr London. Normally Mr London's offerings would get more than three stars from me, however I found this book badly marred by the constant use of expressions which we no longer use in polite society, and which must nowadays be offensive to any thinking person. One realises that language as it was spoken, and the thoughts which it necessarily informed, were very different a hundred years ago, yet it was imp ...more
William Dale
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Sunday assignment, finish my first edition Jack London novel.

Not his best, but intriguing, and his insight into the presumed workings of the minds of dogs seems spot on.

The way racism infects the world, including through our training of pets, is projected convincingly as well.

Several reviews mistake London's accurate portrayal of historical racism as his own views. This is a mistake.
Sergey Barsamyan
A fascinating, unfaiirly unprized "dog storie" by the Master of wolf/dog stories - Jack London. This book, along with its twin - "Michael, brother of Jerry", will be perfect read for everyone who loved the stories about White Fang and Buck. ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story for the adventure itself and the way that Jack London can make you care about what's going on in a dog's mind. Plus there's a happy ending. Caution: There is no holding back when it comes to the use of racial slurs. ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
Pamatuju si matně, jak moc se mi to jako klukovi líbilo, protože Jack London psát umí. Některé knížky se znova číst nemají, protože se číst nedají. Propadák.
Aya | Aymara
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Jerry de las Islas": La aventura de un perro racista en busca de su "dios blanco"

A pesar de estar bien escrito, el racismo del libro no me permitía sumergirme en el mismo. Podría haber sido una historia muy tierna e interesante si no mencionaran a cada rato la búsqueda de un amo blanco considerado como un "dios blanco" o de la "maldad de los negros" que, aunque considere el contexto histórico, podría tranquilamente no haber sido incluido.

Recuerdo que mis padres, sin saber de qué trataba ni habe
Michael Percy
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book captures a part of the history of the Solomon Islands (and indeed, Australia), that has been conveniently forgotten. This book should be called Jerry the Racist Dog and it is difficult to see how the author's attitudes are not racist. Nevertheless, as I was recently informed by a reliable source, Lolita did not necessarily make Nabokov a paedophile, but it is still confronting. Written in the style of White Fang and Call of the Wild, the story is from Jerry's perspective, although more ...more
Matt James
Underrated and unrecognised in comparison with London's more prolific dog tales (Call of the Wild and White Fang), Jerry of the Islands holds the same frantic pace and naturalist description seen in London's earlier works, yet the Klondike has been displaced with tropical islands.

Yet the story falls short from its predecessors as London's usually tame naturalism surges into realms almost of science-fiction, as in the book Jerry not only develops his own language(!) but also avoids immense threat
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to say that Jack London really knows how to tell a story. The action, adventure, and absolutely captivating characters never fail to satisfy. My issues with this little-known posthumously published book are the Pidgin English dialect that is difficult to follow and the flagrant racism throughout. Yes, it was common in the time period, and yes, London is well-known for his application of Darwinist theories to the issues of race. This book is an excellent example of these, and at the ...more
JoAnn Augustine
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I tried. Getting past the use of the n-word was hard, though I am a Jack London fan and know that the word was a part of history, albeit one of the ugly parts. I made it half-way before the dialogue in beche-mer began. That is the language used between white and native populations in the South Seas. While it is a pidgin English, it is barely understandable. When it went on for pages at a time, I was at my maximum frustration. Nobody but myself cares if I read this book! So I stopped.
This book follows Jerry, a puppy, as he sets out on the sea with a sailor. From there he ends up on land with a group of people. And he makes his way further from there. Much of the story is from Jerry’s point of view.

It was ok. I had trouble following much of the dialogue. I (no surprise to me) found myself much more interested in the parts that were from Jerry’s point of view, rather than the parts that strayed from that and focused on the people in the story.
Ayden W
The waves are raging by the canibale inhabited islands. "Jerry of The Islands" by Jack London is one of his best books. First it has the element of adventure with things changing all the time with ships and islands. It also has a great twist in the book which will keep you reading. "Jerry of The Islands" by Jack London is great from adventure to a twist. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
My wife recommended this book and I'm really glad for it.

I found myself getting really bored with the humans, though, and really only wanted to read Jerry's thoughts.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tipik bir Jack London....
Daniel Rivas
El perro racista correteando por las islas Salomón. Tiene su interés a ratos, pero huele demasiado a "La llamada de la selva". ...more
Arsenovic Nikola
Jedna vrhunska knjiga
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jack London was one of my favorite writers for a time. It began when I asked the local bookstore owner for a book recommendation for a good book that is probably often ignored, and he suggested Jack London “The Sea Wolf”, which I greatly loved; it’s one of my top ten books of all time, perhaps top five. This led me to read other London books, including his short stories, “Call of the Wild”, which never grabbed me, “White Fang”, which I liked very much, it’s my second favorite book by him after “ ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is criticism going around that Jerry Of the Islands is an extremely racist book and, although it does seem like that at first, I disagree.
The story takes place in a time period and setting that are morally questionable today and Jerry himself is probably the most racist dog ever put on page due to that. But I never, not even once while I read it, got a feeling that might suggest that Jack London shared that views. Black people in this book are savage cannibals, but London also potrays a lo
Ufuk Beyazova
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanrılar ve Köpekler / Jack London

Daha önce okuduğum romanlarından da hayvanları çok iyi tanıdığını, dünyaya onların gözüyle bakmayı başardığını bildiğim yazarın köpek Jerry'nin serüvenlerini yazdığı romanı. Olay köĺe ticareti yapılan dönemde geçiyor. Jery'nin sahibi beyaz bir köle taciri. Jery onu tanrı gibi görüyor. Bu tanrı ona beyazların efendi zencilerin köle olduklarını, zencilerle savaşmak gerektiğini öğretmiştir. Bir gün hepsi zenci olan Samoa yerlileri köle tacirinin gemisini  ele geçir
Toby Michaels
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Jack London a lot, "The Sea Wolf" and "White Fang" are two of my favorite books ever, and I know from reading his short stories that he uses the word n***er, but the way it's so frequently used in this one and the tone it's used in, I don't know, I just couldn't tolerate it, and I'm a pretty thick-skinned person. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Büyük adamlar her zaman sıradan yanlarını umursamazlık maskesi altında gizleyip doğal arzularına gem vururlardı."

Tek kırık puanım kitapta yer alan hikaye örgüsünün ırkçı çerçevede kurulmuş olması. Kitabın akıcılığı ve bir film lezzetine sahip olması ön plana çıkan diğer özellikleri.
Berivan Haligür
Benim için “tanrılar ve köpekler” özet olarak; iyi edebiyat, iyi konu, iyi çeviri ve maalesef rahatsız edici boyutta ırkçılık.

Sheri Moore
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun dog book about Irish Terriers
Yeşim Köle
Sanki biraz ırkçı fakat sürükleyici..
Andac Ozalp
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keskin gerçekler, sade bir anlatım, müthiş bir macera...
Laurie  Durbin
Slow moving, really drawn out. Not my cup of tea.
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Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote about the South Pacific in sto

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