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Jack London in Paradise: A Novel

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"Jack London.The name stands for adventure."Explorer. Social activist. Romantic. Self-educated genius. "White Fang. Call of the Wild. Martin Eden. The Sea-Wolf." Generations worldwide have been thrilled by his tales, probably never realizing how true to life they really were. He did not imagine the hardships and brutality of life in the Yukon, on the high seas, or in the b ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2009)
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May 22, 2009 is currently reading it
I am liking this book. I read Paul Malmont's first book and totally enjoyed it. That one was a little hard to get into and this new one is too but it's starting to pull me in finally.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
There's a case to be made here that this is Paul Malmont's take on e-books/new media and the death of literacy (i.e., a dirge and/or lament of the decay of traditional publishing). If I was writing a full on exegesis, my thesis would probably run something like this:

We have a principal narrator (Hobart Bosworth) who is involved in the new media of the time (silent films) who is in effect pestering the great literary mind of his time (Jack London) to snap out of his decline and author a screenpla
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Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I requested this book for Christmas. My loving husband always comes through. I had read a good review of it in the summer. This is a fascinating bibliographical novel of Jack London. It gives a great feel for the early twentieth century film industry, the Hawaiian Islands of that time, the health interests of Jack London and his second wife and how they reflect this era of American history. The author tells the story and continually feeds you the details of Jack London's life, his time in Alaska ...more
Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-fiction
Parts adventure, history, romance, mystery, drama, and travelogue, 'Jack London in Paradise' is a beautiful and sweeping novel. Malmont has cleverly constructed his work of fiction, drawing us in by slowly revealing his larger-than-life characters' intricate motivations through a backdrop of action and exotic locales. We become immersed in their triumphs and tragedies, which are considerable to say the least. The richness of Malmont's historical detail and cinematic storytelling is irresistible ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Decent sophomore effort from the author of Chinatown Deathcloud Peril. I didn't know much about Jack London before this, and I still don't plan on reading his books, but it was an interesting view into the world before the first World War touching on topics of communism, Hawaiian annexation, and early Hollywood (an actor would be embarrassed to be known as going to a pyschoanalyst!).
I'd like his third book to be another noir piece.
Patrick Broderick
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a slow moving book. Like Paul Malmont's previous books, the history of the real-life main characters was well defined & they seemed to be completely in character as the real people who they are modeled after. The gist of the story is, in 1916, Hobart Bosworth, a silent - later talking - movie actor, writer & director is in dire need of money to hold off Adolf Zukor & his Paramount cronies. He was always successful with adaptions of Jack London's novels so he goes to see Lond ...more
Jun 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
This historical-fiction book was about the last year of Jack London's life spent in Hawaii. Although no one in our Book Club really liked the book, we did have one of the very best discussions about it. Who would have thought it!
What it did was prompt several of us to delve deeper into Jack London's life . . who he really was, what did happen to the mansion he built in Kenwood, how much was truth and how much fiction. About three of us would now like to read his autobiography and even reread sev
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I know this isn't the best book in the world, but I loved it because
it had Jack London in it and Hawaii and Honolulu and Oahu ... couldn't help but love it.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Very unsatisfying. It kept trying, but just never got enough traction for it to be enjoyable.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fictional portrait of Jack London at forty years of age, based on real events of his biography just before his death. Fascinating.
Joanne Miller
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Gack. Couldn't finish it. A recap of part of London's life--a tale not told well at all. Lots of characters taking a page or too to divulge goings-on they couldn't have possibly known about.
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Not all things Jack London are fantastic. Sigh.
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