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Short story by Jack London, published in Century Magazine in 1908, later reprinted in the 1910 collection Lost Face. (An earlier draft had been published in 1902 in Youth's Companion.) London's widely anthologized masterpiece illustrates in graphic terms the futility of human efforts to conquer nature. Set in the Klondike in winter, the story concerns a man who ignores warnings and attempts to travel a great distance in the extreme cold. Although even his dog senses the folly of the journey, the man stubbornly continues to believe in his own infallibility. His doom is sealed when, after getting his feet wet, he is unable to build the crucial fire that might save his life. London's stark, unadorned prose is a powerful vehicle for his grim message. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jack London's eerie short story of life and death in the Yukon cold is brought to a vivid new level. This audio presentation is fully scored with music which could easily stand alone and is narrated to perfection. The slow, low voice of Gonneau, enhanced with the slightest trace of accent, is paced to capture every nuance of confidence, fear, panic and resignation. This combination creates a haunting tone which enlivens every phrase and makes the experience of the literature, the music and the spoken word endure. For any sceptic of the power of the audio format, this is an excellent response. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Been reading Jack London's book for near 40 years, have not once been disappointed. Thank you Jack may we all learn from to build a firePublished 9 days ago by Kevin J
One of my favorite books. I don't want to give too much away, but it is engulfing as well as educational. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary & Vinnie
Have always loved this story. One of my favorite Jack London stories.Published 6 months ago by JNADON
This story is a classic tale of false bravado and the ugly consequences that it brings. Set in the Yukon on a bitterly cold day when the sun is so low it cannot break above the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carioca56
This is a superb classic. It holds ones attention such that it cannot be set aside till it is finished. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul W
Jack London was one of the best writers of American historical literature. I taught English for 30 years and also used his books in my history classes.Published 16 months ago by Don Vandine
I should have read it years ago....
You will not go wrong in getting this one.
The content provides a graphic example of the importance of being prepared and what can happen when a person isn't ready. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Timor