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Martin Eden (Penguin American Library) Paperback – February 1, 1994
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"Ambition soared on mad wings, and he saw himself climbing the heights with her, pleasuring in beautiful and noble things with her. It was a soul-possession he dreamed, refined beyond any grossness, a free comradeship of spirit that he could not put into definite thought." -- The youth becomes a man.
London's prose is straightforward and vibrant, much like the author at his best. Martin Eden falls victim to the vicissitudes of his fame and fortune, much like the author at his worst (too much hard living is often given as the reason for London's death at forty). London spends a lot of time in this book criticizing American materialism in the way that materialism ought to be criticized. He also displays a certain kind of American work ethic (five hours of sleep a night, perseverance through failure, etc.) that sometimes doesn't know what to do with itself once it achieves success. We should all have that problem--just hope that we deal with it better than young Martin Eden does. A very worthwhile read.
I no longer thought of Jack as an aborigine, but as a refined young man, rudely abducted from the civilized world and forced to accept the law of the strongest. Later still, I read Martin Eden, and I was devastated by the tortured visions of that same young man who was tranfigured by that experience and who was no longer acceptable as a member of civilized society. There's a whole lot of bitterness in Martin Eden, folks! And, the more I read of Jack's life, the more I am convinced that it is autobiographical. The fact is that Jack became a monster. At the same time, he became the most successul novelist of his time. In terms of money, we can only gasp at the financial success he enjoyed. He turned out novel after novel, and each of them was gobbled up by a hungry public. In the end, the SAME PEOPLE who had rejected him because of his crude mannerisms and calloused knuckles sought him out because of his MONEY. Do you really want the brutal truth about Jack London? And are you really prepared to weep for one of America's great sons? If so, then read Martin Eden. Otherwise, pass it by.
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Similar to Gissing's "New Grub Street," but set in San Francisco around the turn of the century, this interesting novel is about the eponymous Martin Eden, an uneducated... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Whit Frazier
A classic London gem, autobiographical, embodies the author's philosophies.
I thought it'd be dated, but, no, it is still awesome.
Did not enjoy the ending of this book.....very dark, morbid. It started out so hopeful and went on and on and had you thinking he would come out a winner but then it turned.Published 6 months ago by Koncerned Konsumer would like to know what your EPA Est and Reg No. is.
A tragic story of an aspiring author's struggles to achieve success and recognition from the woman he loves. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles H. Eldred
"Martin Eden" is the surprising story of the man who faces deep depression right after he achieves long desired success. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Renato Friedmann
Jack London captured my heart as young boy with White Fang. Martin Eden was a good departure from London's traditional adventure and survive at all cost narrative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Patrick Adams
An excellent story about the travails of being an author, a confusing story about love with an ending totally unnecessarily tragic. At least that is my opinion and you did ask.Published 11 months ago by david pruitt