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A Son Of The Sun (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack London

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How many millions David Grief was worth no man in the Solomons knew, for his holdings and ventures were everywhere in the great South Pacific. From Samoa to New Guinea and even to the north of the Line his plantations were scattered. He possessed pearling concessions in the Paumotus. Though his name did not appear, he was in truth the German company that traded in the French Marquesas. His trading stations were in strings in all the groups, and his vessels that operated them were many. He owned atolls so remote and tiny that his smallest schooners and ketches visited the solitary agents but once a year.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 234 pages
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Vivid tropical ambience, but tedious, predictable plots 28 mars 2012
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A Son of the Sun is a collection of short stories by Jack London, all of which originally ran in the Saturday Evening Post in 1911. These eight stories share a common protagonist in David Grief, a South Seas entrepreneur, trader, shipping magnate, plantation owner, and self-made man of means. "Quick eye that he had for the promise of adventure, prepared always for the unexpected to leap out at him from behind the nearest cocoanut tree," Grief, a true man's man, spends his leisure time seeking out action, and the islands of the South Pacific offer up plenty.

In "The Jokers of New Gibbon," Grief and his crew venture to the titular island to check on one of his remote plantations. There, a once fierce native dictator, now fallen from power and addicted to alcohol, reluctantly serves his white masters. But when a practical joke is played at his expense, he retaliates violently. "A Little Account with Swithin Hall" is a mystery tale in which Grief stumbles upon an uncharted island belonging to a wealthy trader of legend. When he enters Swithin Hall's luxurious mansion and meets the mystery man face to face, Grief senses something fishy is going on, and decides to investigate. "The Pearls of Parlay" takes place on the atoll of Hikihoho, where a crazy old miser is auctioning off his pearl collection. The sale draws several interested parties from all parts of the Pacific, Grief included, but the proceedings are interrupted by an approaching hurricane. Even when seeking out some rest and relaxation, Grief stumbles into excitement, as in "A Goboto Night," in which he manages to find the time, over a high stakes game of cards, to teach a boorish young jackass a lesson about being a man.

While the plot summaries sound engaging enough, the stories in A Son of the Sun are far from London's best work. Perhaps the mass appeal of the periodical that published them contributes to their tameness, or maybe it's the recurrence of the lead character that's the problem. One of the best qualities of London's stories has always been his ability to shock and surprise, but there's little chance of a surprise ending when it's preordained that Grief will survive for the next episode. As far as short stories go, these are rather lengthy, yet they don't possess plots worthy of such extensive treatment. Each one feels like a long buildup that yields little payoff. London takes great effort to fill out the word count with handfuls of vivid local color. He's highly skilled at capturing the torpid atmosphere of the tropics, the macho camaraderie of the white traders and sailors, and the colorful nuances of island slang. Nevertheless, in the service of such weak story lines it all just feels like filler. Included amongst all the local color is a bit of racism, but for the most part it is appropriately accurate to the time and place. The use of the "n word" is just as justified here as it is in Huckleberry Finn. One of the book's opening paragraphs, however, is absolutely inexcusable in its relentless comparison of black islanders to monkeys. I don't mean to overemphasize these brief passages, because overall I wasn't so much offended by A Son of the Sun as I was merely bored by it. If you're looking for tales of tropical adventure written by a true master of the short story, I would recommend you forego this book and check out London's Hawaii tales in the fine collections The House of Pride and On the Makaloa Mat.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything a boy could want. 19 mars 2011
Par Ignatz Shmigelski - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Jack London's tales of the south seas in this title provide everything a boy needs, action, adventure, deception, intrigue, fighting, drinking, trading, storms, and boats. This book follows a south seas trader as he manages his fleet and plies his trade, dealing with double crossers, native peoples, white traders, greed, and of course, the weather. Open this book and you are transported to a different time and place.

Some of the language is archaic, and there is use of terms that are not longer smiled upon. Please remember that this book was written at a different time, and that they are just words. Some of the dialogue with the natives is in dialect, it is not important to know the exact meaning. Keep an open mind.

If you are looking for some adventure, this is a good place to look
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Jack London at his (almost) best and worst. 9 avril 2015
Par Kendal B. Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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“I have wrought my simple plan
If I give one hour of joy
To the boy who's half a man,
Or the man who's half a boy.” Arthur Conan Doyle

Admittedly, these adventure stories are the type of hack-work that Jack London himself lamented in “Martin Eden.” But the ever-talented London is able the weave spell that involves high danger in exotic locals, and celebrating the rugged individualism that both men and women aspire to, and cherish. Mind candy, popcorn, and fun for boys of all ages. Each story can be read in 30 minutes for a half-hour of escape from the Dilbert cubical.

On the other hand, London was a “Typhoid Mary” of some rather wrong ideas. (He did not originate them, but was link in the chain of fools.) Two of the most prominent there the racial slurs against Asians, blacks and South Pacific aboriginals; and celebrating the colonial/imperialism of postbellum America and antebellum Europe.

Probably the most disgusting tale is “The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn.” Spoiler: Some of the South Pacific aboriginals come across a lost Ecuadorian treasure chest. Unaware of the value of the money, Captain David Grief and Aloysius Pankburn manage to cheat the aboriginals out of the treasure, in a perverse application of Gresham's Law.

On the other hand, Grief has great relations with Mauriri and the other natives in “The Devils of Fuatino.” In fact, he protects them from abuse from the Europeans. The tales, then are not all exploitative.

So … the stories are enjoyable, as far as they go. And the rich adventurer reminds me of the old TV show “Matt Houston.” Then again, the Green Hornet, Batman, and Doc Savage were chips off of the Iron Man block: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”

And as to the historical blots, I think they can be taken with a grain of salt. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so books such as “A Study In Scarlet,” “Around the World In 80 Days,” or “Riders of the Purple Sage,” could be taken as offensive. They are all infested with Danites, blood atonement, and other stereotypes.

(Admittedly, Verne paints our missionaries as buffoons.)

We can “piece out … imperfections with [our] thoughts” (Henry V, Prologue), and separate the adventure and craftsmanship from the slurs, and be aware when similar things happen nowadays.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is High Adventure 13 août 2013
Par Richard ulaky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've read these tales many times. To me, they define "High Adventure." The descriptions vividly capture the locales, the dialogues delineate the wild characters. Men play to the death for fortunes and the fun of it.
I've picked up some other collections of South Sea tales by some worthy writers, but London's stories have an edge in focus, and a certain literary rhythm needed to tell a good action tale.
Most of these stories are not politically correct, perhaps not even by the standards of the age that they were written. It doesn't bother me and i wouldn't change a single word.
In some collections I've seen, the first story, "A Son of the Son", has been cut out, and only the middle part of it, telling of Grief's origin and coming to the Pacific included as a preface. The whole first story is intact in this collection.
My favorite, "The Pearls of Parlay", has been included in some of "Best of London" collections, It features one of London's excellent hurricane depictions, a cackling madman, and a scene involving hara-kiri.
I love all the tales. As with most adventure, it is a wild mixture of fair play, morality, and capitalistic greed, and nihilism.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I am a happy customer. 26 septembre 2014
Par Michael H. Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is as advertised. I am a happy customer.
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