Synopses & Reviews
Literary giant Jack London joins the Adventure Classics library with the true tale of his own South Sea odyssey aboard the Snark. In 1906, Jack London set out from San Francisco with his wife and two crewmembers on a voyage across the Pacific. Newspaper readers were horrified by the proposed trip, which was inspired by Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World. London knew little about navigation, and his schooner, the Snark, possessed numerous defects, including a tendency to leak. London's account of this extraordinary trip is charming and fascinating by turns, and a wonderful display of his eye for poetic and ironic details. Navigating more by feel than by skill, London visited Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Solomon Islands. For the most part, the voyagers were greeted with South Seas hospitality, though the trip had its dangers--including head-hunting natives. London claimed that sailing the Snark gave him his greatest sense of personal accomplishment, and The Cruise of the Snark is saturated with his enthusiasm and sheer love of adventure. An exciting new volume in the Adventure Classics series, this edition includes a new National Geographic map and excerpts from his wife Charmian's out-of-print account of the expedition, offering new insights into London's personality, and into his remarkable voyage.
The author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang describes his 1906 voyage with his wife and two crewmembers from San Francisco across the Pacific, detailing his visits to Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Solomon Islands along the way. Reprint.
The true tale of his 1906 South Sea odyssey aboard the Snark.