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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London. Describes the author’s around the world attempt by sail, which was inspired by the examples of his heroes Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joshua Slocum.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 01, Jessaka rated it it was ok Shelves: I dreamed of sailing the seas as he had. I loved his stone house rcucero Glen Ellen and wished to live there, and I loved and wanted all of his souvenirs from the different islands that he had visited.
I also loved that his wife went on the ocean voyages with him. And last of all, I even like some of this politics. I remember when I was driving to Glen Ellen to see his home one day, as I often had, a man stopped me to comment on my license plate, and I told him that I wanted to paint my car pale yellow, and he replied that boats that color sink. I never painted my car londpn, maybe for that reason; I painted it an alpine white, and it sank a few weeks later when I ran off the road into a wooden corral that meant to keep the horses inside.
A neighbor stopped to help me keep the horses inside and my husband rebuilt the neighbor’s corral. I should have painted my car yellow. Anyway, I spent many a day traveling from Berkeley to Glen Ellen, either alone or with friends, and we would spend the day at Jack London’s home, going into the museum, walking the grounds, picnicking, and sitting by the lake. At that time I had only read “The Call of the Wild,” and I was not impressed by it, not because of the way it was written but because of its rawness, its graphic details.
For this same reason I don’t read much of Ernest Hemingway but love the places he lived, although not his life.
I wanted London’s life, but I would not have wanted to box with him like his wife had to do. I did read his biography sark few years ago and loved it. Londno this year I had decided to read “The Cruise of the Snark” and then onto some of his other works.
I will also read crucfro of Hemingway cruceeo plan to skim over the graphic details of bull fighting, etc. But this book was somewhat boring most of the time, which made it hard to want to pick it back up. I really had hoped to have learned much more about the natives, and I had also hoped that it would have been more adventuresome.
It certainly was not “Kon-Tiki” or even “Paddle to the Amazon”–books that I recommend to all who love adventure.
The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London
This book read like a ship’s log, so it felt like to me that he had been keeping this log and then that is what he handed in to his publisher. Sure some of the stories were interesting, but that is all, just interesting, not exciting.
I especially liked the story of Nature Man and then the story of their bouts with disease since they were both more interesting and the stories were more developed. Aug 31, Kevin rated it liked it. You can get the book for free at Amazon or Project Gutenberg. Jul 19, East Bay J rated it liked cruceero Shelves: On April 23,Jack London sailed crucreo of San Francisco Bay to Hawaii, accompanied by his wife and a small crew, aboard the ship he built, the Snark.
On their journey, they encountered an amazing variety of hospitality from nearly everyone they met, the exception cruecro the cannibals of the Solomon Islands.
They also encountered an ast On April 23,Jack London sailed out of San Francisco Bay to Hawaii, accompanied by his wife and a small crew, aboard the ship he built, the Snark. They also encountered an astonishing variety of illness, which ultimately forced London to call of the expedition.
And those diseases and illnesses caught and carried by London and his crew could not have been easy to bear. They would develop fevers and live ulcers that ate their skin on an almost regular basis by the time their journey came to an end. The chapter on the leper colony on Molokai in Hawaii was particularly interesting.
This colony was the center of much sensationalist journalism, so much so that London claimed one resident asked him to set things straight by writing about what the colony was really like. London was obviously affected by the people he met on Molokai because his description has a loving quality to it. The other chapter that stood out for me was on surfing, how London saw it and how he learned to do it.
And a great mystery was cleared up! London describes a group of natives from Tanna Island. The island of Tanna!
I thought at first London was calling something a safety pin that differed from what Jacm understand to be a safety pin. However, research tells me the safety pin was invented or reinvented, apparently in by one Walter Hunt. That means those islanders very well could have been wearing safety pins! My one complaint is that the book is a bit jumbled in lobdon and a little repetitive.
The Cruise Of The Snark could use a good editing and some footnotes.
Overall, a really interesting read. Nov 27, Steve rated it liked it. London’s story of his attempt to sail around the world on a largely self-built yacht, the Snark. It was pretty much a drucero of a trip, with problems starting even before they set sail from San Francisco. The yacht cost much more than Lndon had figured, and the departure was delayed, in part, by liens put on the boat by his creditors.
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His preparations were given lots of attention in the press — he was the world’s bestselling author at the time — and he spends a lot of pages quoting from lett London’s story of his attempt to sail around the world on a largely self-built yacht, the Snark.
His preparations were given lots of attention in the press — he was the world’s bestselling author at the time — and he spends a lot of pages quoting from letters he received from those who wanted to accompany him. Problems stared right away: Lots of food was spoiled some by gasoline leaking from its storagethe boat leaked, and London didn’t know anything about navigation.
They made it to Hawaii, where the boat needed lots of repairs, but that gave London time to learn to surf, and he wrote a long chapter in the book about it. Next was the leg south to the Marquesas, and along the way they almost ran out of water and almost overshot the islands. After that, on to the Solomons and then London went to Australia. In the Solomons London and company were best by Yaws, a painful skin infection, and due to mysterious swelling in his hands, London had to return to California.
It’s a strange book, and London doesn’t tell lots of the story you would expect him to. We learn very little about the personalities of his shipmates and his wife. The disquisition on surfing and especially navigation are interesting, and his visit to Typee is well handled. London is also fairly reticent about his own emotions during the trip. Descriptions of the residents of the various islands are more perfunctory than I had expected.
Another standout chapter is the one on the ‘pigeon’ or ‘beche de mer’ language used in Polynesia; I’d bet the linguistics is pretty faulty, the telling is great. May 25, Samuel Maina rated it liked it Shelves: Jack London got me laughing as he writes in such a comical way. Right from building a 40ft boat or was it 43ft when adrift? The thought of building a boat from scratch is just amazing.
He must have had a lot of knowledge on boat building and what it takes to sail. Some things mentioned in this book are so profound that in day to day life you would not realize they happen. For example the fact that the sun when used to tell time is not always accurate; also that one minute could mean a 15 mile dif Jack London got me laughing as he writes in such a comical way. For example the fact that the sun when used to tell time is not always accurate; also that one minute could mean a 15 mile difference when navigating.
I learnt about how certain you have to correct the chronometer. I also know that the smaller the vessel you are in the less accurate you become when trying to pin your position. The navigators of old used the stars to navigate and thus astronomy is an interest of all who navigate. The dream to go round the world on a vessel is possible since we have more water in this world in this world that land. The skill however is a totally different ball game, as the water distances are in nautical miles and so expanse.
I learnt about boat surfing and the physics behind waves. Many people have been crushed by waves and it was a true revelation that the water does not move. How to define a wave is an impression of a certain force gravitation and comes in ripples. I honestly thought board surfing was a preserve for the elite, until Jack London changed that notion.
When you see a crashing wave coming your way, you puddle as fast as possible using a swan stroke towards the beach…. If one must know how to surf you must know how to get into the water. Jack London also talks of how a sun burn can be debilitating especially near the equator. He talks about various maladies and diseases and sheds so much light on their impact on society and the stigma that comes with it.
I found it illuminating that there are various types of Leprosy i.