The stories in this collection include some of London's finest South Seas tales. In them, Hawaii is portrayed, not as a tropical paradise, but as a land corrupted and despoiled by the arrival of the supposedly civilized white settlers. The tales include "Koolau the Leper," "Good-by Jack," and "The Sheriff of Kona," which deal frankly and ...
The stories in this collection include some of London's finest South Seas tales. In them, Hawaii is portrayed, not as a tropical paradise, but as a land corrupted and despoiled by the arrival of the supposedly civilized white settlers. The tales include "Koolau the Leper," "Good-by Jack," and "The Sheriff of Kona," which deal frankly and sympathetically with the taboos of leprosy; "Chun Ah Chun," the story of a Chinese man displaced by the unyielding encroachments of western ways of life; and "The House of Pride" and "Aloha Oe," which criticize racial intolerance. While in Hawaii, Jack and Charmian spent a week living among the inhabitants of the leper colony on the island of Molokai. Their surprise at finding, not a cursed place of misery and horror, but a joyful, thriving community is evident in London's essay. With compassion and high good humor, London records his impressions of the people and their activities, including shooting contests, band and choir concerts, and a fourth of July festival featuring antic donkey races. In "Koolau the Leper," London describes Koolau, who is a Hawaiian leper-and thus a very different sort of "superman" than Martin Eden-and who fights off an entire cavalry troop to elude capture, as "indomitable spiritually a ... magnificent rebel." This character is based on Hawaiian leper Kaluaikoolau who revolted and resisted capture from forces of the Provisional Government of Hawaii in the Kalalau Valley in 1893.
Good- No Jacket. Reprint. Sml 8vo in dec. green cloth with black lettering and red designs. Back pnl spotted, frnt fly excised and frnt reinforced with clear archival tape, prev. owner's name in ink on verso of the frnt pnl, and front of the ftspc, else int. clean, binding still fairly tight; G-no dust jacket.
Good with no dust jacket; Good reading copy. Covers yellowed, spine darkened. Some foxing-like specks on pages. Binding stretched. Corners lightly bumped, light fraying at top of spine. 8vo 8"-9" tall; 232 pages.
Good. No dust jacket. Red cloth covering with black lettering. There is some fading of the cover. Good tight binding and text is totally clean and unmarked. 232 p.; 20 cm. The house of pride--Koolau the leper--Good-by, Jack--Aloha oe--Chun Ah Chun--The sheriff of Kona.
Good in somewhat worn covers, spine faded, lettering worn, prev owner's name. A title in the "shilling cloth library" series. A small volume, measuring 4" x 6 3/4", bound in blue cloth-a fairly unusual edition of these short stories of London.
Pease. Good. No dust jacket. Slightly shaken, Some faint rubbing on corners. Corner crease and small nick on title page. Easy bumping on head and heel of spine. Finger smudge on front paper. Slight pulling away of illustration at bottom. Inside clean. Later printing. Illustrated by Pease. 232 p.; 232 p. 12mo. Red cloth w/ black pictorial front and black lettering on title. Front paper illust. by Mac M. Pease.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7 in to 9 in Tall. Hard cover no dust jacket. Very good condition. A departure from London's normal tales of the frozen North, all of these tales take place in the islands of Hawaii."Never are there such departures as from the dock at Honolulu. The great transport lay with steam up, ready to pull out. A thousand persons were on her decks; five thousand stood on the wharf. Up and down the long gangway passed native princes and princesses, sugar kings and the high officials of the Territory. Beyond, in long lines, kept in order by the native police, were the carriages and motor-cars of the Honolulu aristocracy. On the wharf the Royal Hawaiian Band played "Aloha Oe, " and when it finished, a stringed orchestra of native musicians on board the transport took up the same sobbing strains, the native woman singer's voice rising birdlike above the instruments and the hubbub of departure."
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