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Jack London : Novels and Stories : Call of the Wild / White Fang / The Sea-Wolf / Klondike and Other Stories (Library of America) Hardcover – November 1, 1982
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This book weighs in at over 1000 pages and includes three GREAT novels in Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf and White Fang as well as multitudes of his short stories.
I can't say enough about how much I love Londons writings and how much admiration I have for him as a man as well. I've read Call of the Wild about every two years or so since the first time I read it as a child and I get more out of it every time I re-read it. His adventure stories on one level are just great red blooded adventure stories that anyone who has any heart or spirit would enjoy and there is a deeper level to London as well. His stories are highly spiritual if you are able to look at them on another level. Although thats something that you have to "feel" from within I suppose.
Call of the Wild is a page-turning yarn about a dog that becomes a wolf. It's listed on the MLA 100, but any competent kid of ten could tackle it...and enjoy it.
White Fang is a canine bildungsroman that inverts the plot of Call of the Wild, with the wolf becoming a dog. Also a page-turner, also something a kid would read without having to be coerced, and possessed of a truly classic scene where White Fang fights a bulldog.
The Klondike Short Stories are all superb--some people think London's metier was the short story rather than the novel--with Batard being a personal favorite.
The Sea-Wolf is a work of genius...until it all comes crashing down with the introduction of Maud Brewster, and the escape to Endeavour Island. What had heretofore been a truly transcendent work of art transmogrifies into a clunky, melodramatic, and tedious chore, where London's love of sailing jargon threatens to overwhelm the reader.
The Selected Short Stories show that London wasn't just a Yukon guy...he had some other arrows in his quiver. A few stories demonstrate his--at the time--devout socialism, which lasted up until he himself got rich. The Apostate is the weakest of these, but The Strength of the Strong is a pretty good allegory for fin-de-siecle capitalism, with all its gory excesses. London also writes convincingly about such diverse topics as boxing, South Sea cannibals, and straight-up science fiction.
This book of books is excellent, and any American who fancies himself a lover of literature would be remiss in not reading it.
So let me speak about this complitation. It includes several novels, a number of essays and many short stories- some of which I'd never seen before. It's a volume that is great ffor introeducing someone to London as it gives many different styoles. This thin book is stufed.; the pages are thin the print is small so it's possible to carry about a vast amount of his work in a compact form.
Jack London was really one of the settlers of Alaska and Cal.ifornia and he lets us see the west from the 19th century.
I also downloaded a Kindle version of this volume which has even the early works of London. One of which is "The snow princess."
I was amazed to see that the Kindle version beat the hard copy. Never seen that before.
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Exciting prose from a different era that seems like a different world. Was America as free as it seems in these stories? Hard, yes. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Philadelphian
The best dog book ever! This story is narrated through the dogs perspective. A classic tale not to be missed.Published 1 month ago by G. Gonzalez
I read his biography first (by Irving Stone). Jack London was writing about himself--from experience!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr London can put the city-dweller into the raw northwest wilderness as experienced by animals where the reader can see, smell, taste, suffer, and experience joy better than being... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hal Bates Jr
I'm not worthy of reviewing Jack London. Good collection of his novels and stories. Great edition.Published 10 months ago by AntaeusQ
what can I say about a master , that hasn't already been said.Published 15 months ago by william c. curtis
This collection of stories is a great deal. I got it as a gift for my husband and he loves it.Published 16 months ago by Dox madre