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The Cruise of the Snark

Jack London

1. 01 – Foreword
2. 02 – The Inconceivable And Monstrous
3. 03 – Adventure
4. 04 – Finding One’s Way About
5. 05 – The First Landfall
6. 06 – A Royal Sport
7. 07 – The Lepers Of Molokai
8. 08 – The House Of The Sun
9. 09 – A Pacific Traverse
10. 10 – Typee
11. 11 – The Nature Man
12. 12 – The High Seat of Abundance
13. 13 – The Stone-fishing of Bora Bora
14. 14 – The Amateur Navigator
15. 15 – Cruising in the Solomons
16. 16 – Beche de Mer English
17. 17 – The Amateur M.D.
18. 18 – Backword

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The Cruise of the Snark (1913) is a memoir of Jack and Charmian London’s 1907-1909 voyage across the Pacific. His descriptions of “surf-riding”, which he dubbed a “royal sport”, helped introduce it to and popularize it with the mainland. 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. And I know that when I have finished these lines I shall be out in that riot of colour and pounding surf, trying to bit those breakers even as he, and failing as he never failed, but living life as the best of us may live it.Excerpted from Wikipedia.