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Charmian London kept a round-robin letter on the trip across the Pacific on the small Snark. Her account is much more detailed and complete than Jack London's "The Cruise of the Snark." Anyone interested in the Pacific Islands will find rich descriptions of life on the islands as they are on the cusp of intensive colonization and Western encroachment. She was fearless, curious, and easily formed relationships with island royalty and resident alike. She includes information on the geography, plant life, rituals and customs, dress, and more. Being female, she has different concerns than the typical male explorer or anthropologist. Overall, she is a very capable travel writer, whose books earned high praise from contemporary critics.
Sailers and non alike will particularly enjoy the day-to-day struggles of crossing the Pacific through the doldrums to the South Seas. There were troubles with a navigator who did not know what he was doing, spoiling food, lack of water, horrific storms, tropical disease, and more. If you want adventure, it is here as well.
Modern readers may be bothered by her writing during a time of Social Darwinism, hence some use popular stereotypes of the day regarding native peoples. Despite that language, she exhibits behaviors of respect and genuine desire to learn from them. She is advanced in her views of women's conditions. Both she and Jack took most of the photographs in the book.
Charmian excised the Hawaii section of the voyage to publish as a separate book, "Our Hawaii."