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Most readers are familiar with Jack London's stories of the frozen northland, such as White Fang and To Light a Fire, but many critics feel he should be equally acknowledged for his fascinating stories of the South Pacific. Here is another remote corner of the world, a background for his magnificently colorful and entertaining Tales of the South Pacific. London is able to pierce the stereotype of his era concerning the "Noble Savage" and present the people who lived on these exotic islands as individuals who had to deal with the white man's intrusions, the racism, foreign diseases, biased legal systems, and brutality. These stories are based on the themes Jack London considered most important: race, culture, justice, and heroism.
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The stories got a bit repetitive after a while

I enjoyed the book but I was also happy when it ended. The stories all blended together by the end.

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  • CJ
  • New Jersey
  • 02-01-10

Be prepared - it's from another time

While Jack London was an amazing writer, these stories haven't stood the test of time too well. It's hard for a modern reader to get past the racism - which is pretty constant - including the liberal use of the "n" word. If you're able to listen to it as a product of its time, great - but for kids? It's got an "audible kids" intro, and I don't think I'd want my kids to listen to this without a whole lot of discussion.

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