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A Daughter of the Snows Paperback – August 10, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1492117278 ISBN-10: 1492117277

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492117277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492117278
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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About the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life".

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Alford on March 18, 2011
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Got interested in the history of Alaska after a recent cruise there. This book by Jack London is like reading a first hand account (he was there) of the "Stampeders" and the hardships of getting to the Yukon looking for a fortune that few found. Easy, interesting read!
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This is a very different work from the most famous books by the author, those which turned Jack London into one of the luminaries of literature in English. However, I found here everything "Londonesque" (please forgive the neologism) but the fast-paced action.
This is a novel more along the lines of "The Valley of the Moon" than those of "Call of the Wild".
Irrespective of this being the first Jack London's work you read, or your already being a fan of the great writer from San Francisco, you'll come back for more. Guaranteed.
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By Daniel1948 on September 29, 2013
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This is a classic story of the Alaska gold rush from one of America's great storytellers. I've been reading so much contemporary fiction lately that it was a pleasant surprise to re-read A Daughter of the Snows and for a change have a book by an author who actually knows how to use English grammar. The bad grammar so prevalent today is seriously annoying.

Frona Welse is a young woman who grew up in a more innocent time in the wilds of Alaska, and was sent away to college by her father Jacob, a wealthy storekeeper who sells supplies to prospectors. As the book opens she is returning home to an Alaska transformed by the unending flood of gold seekers. I will give no more details, as I don't want to inadvertently include spoilers, so I will just say that it is fast-paced and exciting, with a variety of characters typical of the time and place.

One very disturbing thing for me, which somehow I had forgotten since reading the book at a much younger age, is the fierce racism of Frona and her father. I do not know if this reflects the author's own opinions, or if this is merely a characteristic of the principal characters of the book. Frona and Jacob are utterly convinced that their own Anglo-Saxon race is superior to all others, and they have no sympathy for any sort of human weakness. Alaska was an inhospitable place, and those who could not survive the hardships found no pity from them.

But for all that, it is an exciting story from a land and a time where getting your foot wet in a river could mean death, and where desperate people arrived in droves, seeking fortune that came to very, very few.
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By Beverly on January 21, 2013
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I love pretty much any story about the frozen north-west and this was no different. Some descriptions and feats may be a little overdone, but it was very interesting, and for the most part, realistic. Written in true London style, it fits the territory's view of good heart and good blood succeeding through hardships. I was slightly disappointed that it ended so abruptly, but on further thought decided it fits the book and characters. And this way, I get to create my own ending! If you like stories of the lawless north, you will probably like this book.
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