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The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii

The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii

Author(s): Jack London

Location(s): Hawaii

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): Early 1900s

Jack London is mainly known for his stories of the deep north, like The Call of the Wild and White Fang, but he also spent considerable time in Hawaii, visiting first in 1907, then staying a while in 1915. House of Pride is a collection of short stories inspired by his time there. Beautifully written, with fine descriptions of scenery and characters, the stories tell of many things, including leprosy, the slow squeezing out of Hawaiians by the whites, and the tension that results from white and Hawaiian romance as it bumps up against each culture’s rejection of the other.

Each story is poignant, and despite its short 82-page length, the book tells big stories about progress, modernization, and the relentless overtaking of every corner of the globe by dominant cultures.

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