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Cruise of the Snark

Inspired by the examples of his heroes Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joshua Slocum, Jack London determined to sail around the world. In ...

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Inspired by the examples of his heroes Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joshua Slocum, Jack London determined to sail around the world. In April 1907 he sailed from San Francisco in the forty-five-foot ketch Snark, with his wife, Charmian, a skeleton crew, and his writing to keep him company. Beset by seasickness and tropical disease, London wrote incessantly—not only his major autobiographical novel Martin Eden and numerous short stories, but also a series of sketches recording the voyage itself. These entertaining pieces, collected together into the book he called The Cruise of the Snark, reveal London’s indefatigable spirit and love of adventure at sea and among the Pacific islands. It details Jack London’s two-year voyage in a 45-foot sailing ketch from San Francisco to Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the head-hunting Solomon islands. His difficulties in getting the boat built after the 1906 San Fran earthquake are hilarious as he describes the assaults of his contractors and creditors during the construction. After they finally launch the voyage six months late, they manage to find Hawaii through sheer luck, where Jack and his plucky wife, Charmain, learn to surf (remember this is 1907!), visit the leper colony at Molokai and the "House of the Sun" volcanic crater on Maui. Continuing on to Tahiti and the savage Solomon islands, Jack and his determined "Snarkites" encounter natives, tribal chieftains, missionaries, and overcome their problems with incredible persistence and naivete as only some of the first white people to enter these areas could possess. If you are planning to travel to Hawaii or any Polynesian destination, then make this one of your companions. London makes you feel like you are on the boat with him as he takes you from the docks of San Francisco, to the Hawaiian Island, to Tahiti and beyond. With tremendous humility and wit, London portrays his journey through the South Seas brilliantly. All of London's passions come together: action, experience, sailing, foreign travel, writing and reading. It is a "real adventure" tale, a travelogue and above all a well-crafted book full of London's personal voice and vibrant outlook on life. This audio book application contains audio files for all chapters in one download, so you can listen to the book on the go without the need for an internet connection. Hence the application size is a little big, and you may need to download it over WiFi connection or through iTunes on your PC or Mac. Audio Book Features ==> Pause/resume function Track progress slider Volume slider Easy navigation Audio continues to play when your device is locked. Offline viewing and listening without internet connection If you like this audio book, please check out other great audio books at www.awaudiobooks.com! *** On Sale Now! (Normal price $2.99) ***


Technical specifications

Version: 1.0

Size: 88.66 MB


Price: $ 1.08

Developed by AppWarrior

Day of release: 2010-04-30

Recommended age: 4+

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