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by Jack London

  • ISBN: 1604241837
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Jack London
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (September 6, 2007)
  • Pages: 196 pages
  • FB2 size: 1170 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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JACK LONDON-his real name was John Griffith London-had a wild and colorful youth on. .

JACK LONDON-his real name was John Griffith London-had a wild and colorful youth on the waterfront of San Francisco, his native city. Born in 1876, he left school at the age of fourteen and worked in a cannery. By the time he began to consider the Snark voyage, Jack was neither simply writer nor adventurer but-like Hemingway a generation later-was both: a public adventurer who was expected to put himself in harm’s way and to report the result to the panting public. Jack had two models before him as he envisioned the great voyage he would undertake. Of course, he had been inspired by Herman Melville’s Typee (1846).

The Snark is to be sailed. There will be a gasolene engine on board, but it will be used only in case of emergency, such as in bad water among reefs and shoals, where a sudden calm in a swift current leaves a sailing-boat helpless. The rig of the Snark is to be what is called the "ketch. The ketch rig is a compromise between the yawl and the schooner. Of late years the yawl rig has proved the best for cruising.

The Cruise of the Snark (1911) is a non-fictional, illustrated book by Jack London chronicling his sailing adventure in 1907 across the south Pacific in his ketch the Snark. Accompanying London on this voyage was his wife Charmian London and a small. Accompanying London on this voyage was his wife Charmian London and a small crew. London taught himself celestial navigation and the basics of sailing and of boats during the course of this adventure and describes these details to the reader.

At his heels trooped a score of excited gamins. Every head-and there were thousands-turned to glance curiously at him as he went by. And I turned, too. Never had I seen such lovely sunburn. He was all sunburn, of the sort a blond takes on when his skin does not peel. His long yellow hair was burnt, so was his beard, which sprang from a soil unploughed by any razor.

Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden

Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden. The book is almost as much about building the Snark as actually sailing it. Problems with supply, quality, and craftmanship - plus the San Fransisco earthquake - created delays, headaches and cost overruns. That is followed with some trivial detail about the hiring of crew, and then finally a journey from California to Hawaii, where they spent several months. Much about shipboard life, navigation, wayward crew, natives, and tropical diseases which aborted the around-the-world cruise in Australia.

London writes: Through the white crest of a breaker suddenly appears a dark figure, erect, a man-fish or a sea-god, on the very forward face of the crest where the top falls over and down, driving in toward shore, buried to his loins in smoking spray, caught up by the sea and flung landward.

London writes: Through the white crest of a breaker suddenly appears a dark figure, erect, a man-fish or a sea-god, on the very forward face of the crest where the top falls over and down, driving in toward shore, buried to his loins in smoking spray, caught up by the sea and flung landward, bodily, a quarter of a mile. It is a Kanaka on a surf-board.

So the trip was decided upon, and the building of the Snark began. We named her the Snark because we could not think of any other name- -this information is given for the benefit of those who otherwise might think there is something occult in the name. Our friends cannot understand why we make this voyage. They shudder, and moan, and raise their hands.

For know, gentle reader, the staunchness of the Snark. She is forty-five feet long on the waterline. Whereat we would rehearse for our mutual encouragement the manifold virtues and excellences of the Snark

For know, gentle reader, the staunchness of the Snark. Her garboard strake is three inches thick; her planking two and one-half inches thick; her deck-planking two inches thick and in all her planking there are no butts. Whereat we would rehearse for our mutual encouragement the manifold virtues and excellences of the Snark. Also, I would borrow more money, and I would get down closer to my desk and write harder, and I refused heroically to take a Sunday off and go out into the hills with my friends.

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Reviews about The Cruise of the Snark (7):
Samugul
The book is almost as much about building the Snark as actually sailing it. Problems with supply, quality, and craftmanship - plus the San Fransisco earthquake - created delays, headaches and cost overruns. That is followed with some trivial detail about the hiring of crew, and then finally a journey from California to Hawaii, where they spent several months.

Much about shipboard life, navigation, wayward crew, natives, and tropical diseases which aborted the around-the-world cruise in Australia.

A good read for fans of sailing and Jack London. The book just sort of ends, and I didn't feel a sense of closure that would have provided more satisfaction.
Bu
The Cruise of the Snark is the story of how London built a large saiing schooner and then sailed it to the South Pacific. His stop in Honolulu provides excellent insight as to how life in Hawaii was just a few years after Hawaii was taken from the Kingdom of Hawaii and made a US territory. His adventures in the Solomon Islands are quite interesting because he (and his wife and crew) were constantly affraid that the natives would attack them and perhaps have them for dinner. It is interesting that he found the Marquesas Islands totally different from what Melville described in his novel Typee.

I didn't give five stars because I thought the story was a bit tedious in some places and would have been improved with some editing. Still, it is a very enjoyable book.
Simple fellow
What a great story.

For those who have worked on or around, or own, boats, you will laugh out loud. Not something usually associated with Jack London, but true.

For those with an ounce of humanity, his writing about the leper colony will both chill and warm your heart.

For those who have ever thought about celestial navigation, more laughing out loud. Ten times better than William F(ing) Buckley's sidebar in Airborne (admittedly a wonderful book, and free of WFB's usual nonsense-on-stilts Latin-cognate pretensions).

Finally, a love story. A man and his boat. A man and his wife. What a boat (in spite of itself), and what a wife.
Phalaken
I have sailed a few times in S.F. Bay being from the Bay area and I truely related to this story and since the Snark was being built by Jack London right before the 1906 quake. It amazed me and invariably he got taken advantage of by the various builders which led to some precarious sailing manuevers since they measured wrong on one side. Which Jack London didn't find out until out at sea. I could picture all the island stops and so enjoyed the old photos that were put into the Snark truly an interesting journey. It was interesting to me hearing of the staph infections were attacking the individuals when the crew would cut themselves and then end up with these sores they knew nothing about and how they had to heal themselves with virtually no medicines on board. This book is a captain's log which he wrote in daily. If your a sailor you'll love it or even if you've been exposed as I have you'll enjoy it, especially if you happen to be from the Bay area. I recommend it as an interesting and enjoyable read though at times I did feel he was just writing to keep his checks coming in to pay for his journey.

Sebastopolian Reader
Lestony
This book is poorly printed with improper pagination. Makes it very difficult to read and decreases the enjoyment of the story. Would not recommend.
INwhite
A fun adventure story. How a dream can be very complicsated.
Ionzar
Fun read. Interesting to note the Japanese intent at that early part of the 20th century to conquer the United States.
A fine story by and about a pioneer in cruising the Pacific islands.

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