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ISBN-13: 978-1482054927 ISBN-10: 1482054922

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482054922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482054927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Eden is assuredly one of Jack London s greatest works. --Upton Sinclair

About the Author

Novelist and short-story writer, London is one of the most widely translated of American authors. In 17 years of his literary career, London wrote 50 books. In his youth he took part in gold rushes and traveled widely.

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It was great; the ending left me depressed.
Timothy Mizelle
The world belongs to the strong–to the strong who are noble as well and who do not wallow in the swine-trough of trade and exchange.
The Yuletide Kid
Certainly threads of his other tales and life story overlap in this book.
Pinewell

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on June 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In reward for an act of good samaritanism, Martin Eden, an uneducated working-class sailor, is invited to dinner at the home of the bourgeois Morse family. Upon first sight of lovely young Ruth Morse, he immediately falls in love with her. Over the course of the evening, Martin becomes enamored with the family's luxurious home, refined lifestyle, and cultured education, and aspires to raise himself to their level. With the intention of transforming himself into a man worthy of marrying Ruth, he sets upon a rigorous course of self-education. Soon he develops a passion for writing, and resolves to make his fortune as a man of letters.

What follows is the long, arduous journey of Martin's ascent. His struggles as an aspiring writer are totally captivating; one can't help but rejoice in his successes and agonize over his failures. The portions of the book devoted to his literary exploits are so engrossing, the romance between Martin and Ruth often seems a cumbersome distraction. Though a realist and radical in his political and philosophical writings, London was often a hopeless romantic and downright puritanical in his depictions of male/female relations. In his works women are often set on pedestals, and no one gets a higher pedestal than Ruth Morse. Even so, as Mr. and Mrs. Morse deliberate over whether Martin is worthy of their daughter, the reader finds himself wondering whether Ruth is really worthy of Martin. Thankfully, as the book progresses and the characters gain a little maturity, the relationship between Martin and Ruth becomes less idyllic and much more firmly grounded in reality. As Martin's superheroic quest for self-transformation lurches toward fruition, he comes to realize that the result of his metamorphosis is not the paradise he envisioned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Tetrault on July 31, 2013
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Like most people I know of Jack London's more famous novels,i.e. "White Fang" The call of the wild" etc. This book was a pleasant surprise. If you are a Jack London fan, this book is certainly worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pinewell on February 20, 2013
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In recent months, I've been reading the works of Jack London. I've gone through "White Fang", "The Call of the Wild", "The Road", "A Collection of Stories", "The Jacket", "Lost Face", and most recently "Martin Eden". All of these titles are offered as free Kindle books on Amazon. By far, "Martin Eden" seems to be London's masterpiece, although I certainly haven't read all of his works. Various others here have given a description of the story but I'm glad that I didn't read those too closely prior to opening the pages. I wanted the story to be fresh and just as I don't want to watch new movie trailers, I don't want to know the plot of a book beforehand. I had never heard of this book so wasn't sure what I'd be reading only that it was highly rated by other Amazon customers. Now that I've read the book, I happily returned to this page to see what others before me had to say and to add my 5 stars.

Spoiler alert: Please stop reading now if you'd also like to read this book with no preconceived notions.

I'm glad this wasn't the first of Jack London's works that I read because I was able to see autobiographical parallels of the real Jack London to the fictionalized Martin Eden as the story went on. Certainly some of the very works I read by him in recent months had to have been snapped up for publication, just as Martin Eden's works were, regardless of their merit. Certainly threads of his other tales and life story overlap in this book. I would have been more disappointed by some of the other works I read by him after this powerful piece, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katia on February 11, 2013
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"Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others."
What if life, after working so hard and being misunderstood and laughed at by all you care for, gives you everything you have been dreaming of?
Martin is a boy. A poor boy struggling to survive. He knows deep down that he's someone different, better. Due to a fortunate event he is granted admittance to the upper class. Hence he starts to learn. He is positively craving for knowledge and with the help of Ruth, a young upper class woman, he slowly starts to read books, but mostly he starts to think.
When the love he feels for her grows strong and is returned, it is also met with defiance and rejection by her family. All this will push him to work even harder at his dream of becoming a writer.
Needless to say it will be a difficult path to follow, but just when the moment arrives and everything seems lost forever, together with Ruth's love for him, things change and he becomes his dream.
But will this be enough? Will all the sudden success and acceptance even by the people who scorned him at first, be enough to make him truly happy? Or will everything turn into a sickness deep inside him? An illness gnawing at his brain, ruining his "thinking-machine", pushing him into darkness?
Superb. This book is simply superb.
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