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Book Title: The Unabridged Jack London|
The author of the book: Jack London
Edition: Sweetwater Pr
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.62 MB
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Date of issue: February 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9781889372358
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Reader ratings: 4.3
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I found this very thick book (over a thousand pages) to be a great book to keep by the bed; I would read a short story or two, or a chapter or two, each night before going to sleep, and enjoyed my reading. While this book does not contain all of London’s fiction (it would take several thousand more pages to contain all of his novels and stories), it contains the cream of the crop, about 2/3 ice and snow in the frozen Yukon, and 1/3 on the ocean sea in the Pacific.
After an introduction by the Editors, Part One: The Yukon begins. This section contains the short story collections The Son Of The Wolf, The God Of His Fathers, and Children of the Frost, followed by the novel White Fang (in which the title animal, 1/4 dog and 3/4 wolf, starts wild in the Yukon and ends up in California). This is followed by the short story collection The Faith of Men. Next, we have Uncollected Stories and Tales, which includes perhaps the most famous of all of London’s short stories, “To Build A Fire”. The Yukon section ends with the novel The Call of the Wild (in which the dog Buck starts in California and ends up in the Yukon).
Part Two: The Sea starts with the novel The Sea Wolf (I can do no better than to quote Ambrose Bierce, who said about this novel, "The great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen… the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime… The love element, with its absurd suppressions, and impossible proprieties, is awful.” The book ends with the short story collection Tales of the Fish Patrol, based on the teenage London’s experience with the San Francisco Fish Patrol in going after fishermen breaking game laws.
I loved this book, especially since I had never read White Fang, The Call of the Wild, or The Sea Wolf before; and by the time I got to the short story “To Build A Fire”, it meant more to me due to all of the ice and snow and such that had gone before it in my reading. I recommend this book to all who like good plots and great atmosphere.
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Read information about the authorJack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.
London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent time in the Klondike during the Gold Rush and at various times was an oyster pirate, a seaman, a sealer, and a hobo. His first work was published in 1898. From there he went on to write such American classics as Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, and White Fang.
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