I picked up this book on Kindle prior to my short “work” trip to Hawaii a month ago. Halfway through I realized that (1) I had never actually read any Jack London works and (2) I really enjoy his writing.
The House of Pride is a collection of stories written in and about Hawaii. Most of them center around either missionaries and their descendants (often painted in a critical light) or the policy of exiling lepers to the island of Molokai (this ended in 1969 but the leper colony still remains today with about 15 people living there).
With insight into the complexities of human motivations and relationships set against the beautiful backdrop of the Hawaiian paradise, this book was an enjoyable and captivating read.