Adventure tells about the confrontation between a man who finds himself alone in front of a plantation - harassed by blacks cannibals - and a bold, independent and liberated feminist woman, Joan Lackland, who's arrival at the plantation turns everything upside down...
"White Fang" is a novel by American author Jack London (1876–1916) — and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang's journey to domestication.
John Griffith "Jack" London (1876 – 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist.
Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness—a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.
But there was life, abroad in the land and defiant. Down the frozen waterway toiled a string of wolfish dogs. Their bristly fur was rimed with frost. Their breath froze in the air as it left their mouths, spouting forth in spumes of vapour that settled upon the hair of their bodies and formed into crystals of frost. Leather harness was on the dogs, and leather traces attached them to a sled which dragged along behind. The sled was without runners. It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow. The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and under the bore of soft snow that surged like a wave before it. On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box. There were other things on the sled—blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the space, was the long and narrow oblong box.
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WHITE FANG is a novel by American author Jack London (1876-1916) - and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang's journey to domestication. It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild. Much of WHITE FANG is written from the viewpoint of the titular canine character, enabling London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption. White Fang has been adapted for the screen numerous times, including a 1991 film starring Ethan Hawke.
A companion novel to Jack London's The Call of the Wild, White Fang is the story of a wild dog's journey toward becoming civilized in the Canadian territory of Yukon at the end of the nineteenth century. White Fang is characteristic of London's precise prose style and innovation use of voice and perspective. Much of the novel is written from the viewpoint of the animals, allowing London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans.
(1909) This is a semi-autobiographical novel. The title character becomes a writer, hoping to acquire the respectability sought by his society-girl sweetheart. She spurns him, however, when his writing is rejected by several magazines and when he is falsely accused of being a socialist. She tries to win him back after he achieves fame, but Eden realizes her love is false. Financially successful and robbed of connection to his own class, aware that his quest for bourgeois respectability was hollow, Eden travels to the South Seas. Martin Eden is an intelligent and self-educated young man who wants nothing more that to be accepted by (and to be like) the young, educated rich he sees as a struggling writer in turn-of-the 20th century Northern California. Martin is certain that once in the ranks of these beautiful people (who speak in casual conversation of Greek myth and French poetry), he will finally be happy... He uncomfortably accepts the rude comments from these rich snobs, resolves to rise to their level and falls in love with a woman he feels is as a goddess walking the Earth... His true education comes swiftly: He "makes it" as a writer, and the man once seen as an interesting ape is now the talk of the town... It's the petty shallowness of the glittering world he had admired from afar that he's utterly unprepared for. This is a story of a person climbing the fence to the greener grass and finding it was all an illusion....and that he has nowhere else to go. Not a pretty picture, but very well painted by Mr. London.--Submitted by Lowell
I scarcely know where to begin, though I sometimes facetiously place the cause of it all to Charley Furuseth’s credit. He kept a summer cottage in Mill Valley, under the shadow of Mount Tamalpais, and never occupied it except when he loafed through the winter months and read Nietzsche and Schopenhauer to rest his brain. When summer came on, he elected to sweat out a hot and dusty existence in the city and to toil incessantly. Had it not been my custom to run up to see him every Saturday afternoon and to stop over till Monday morning, this particular January Monday morning would not have found me afloat on San Francisco Bay.
Not but that I was afloat in a safe craft, for the Martinez was a new ferry-steamer, making her fourth or fifth trip on the run between Sausalito and San Francisco. The danger lay in the heavy fog which blanketed the bay, and of which, as a landsman, I had little apprehension. In fact, I remember the placid exaltation with which I took up my position on the forward upper deck, directly beneath the pilot-house, and allowed the mystery of the fog to lay hold of my imagination. A fresh breeze was blowing, and for a time I was alone in the moist obscurity—yet not alone, for I was dimly conscious of the presence of the pilot, and of what I took to be the captain, in the glass house above my head.
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Siamo in America, ai tempi della corsa all’oro. Ultimo di una cucciolata, della quale è l’unico sopravvissuto, è un piccolo cane con una zampa anteriore bianca .La madre Kiche viene adottata da una famiglia di indiani capeggiata da Castoro Grigio, che chiama il piccolo ‘Zanna Bianca’. La madre, tuttavia, viene ceduta e scompare dalla vita del cucciolo che se la dovrà vedere con gli altri cani. Questi, infatti, proprio per via di quella zampa, lo vedono come un lupo. Zanna Bianca cresce quindi sempre più selvaggio, scontroso e solitario. Un giorno, Castoro Grigio lo porta con sé a Fort Yukon e qui Smith ‘il Bello’, uomo crudele e sanguinario, lo convince a vendergli il cane. Zanna Bianca inizia ad essere utilizzato per i combattimenti dove ottiene eccellenti risultati sino a quando viene assalito da un bulldog. Quando il lupo sta ormai per soccombere, il ricco californiano Weedon Scott interviene per salvarlo. Con infinita pazienza, l’uomo riesce a rieducare il cane e a donargli un’esistenza più normale e dignitosa, facendogli conoscere sentimenti come l’affetto e l’amore, finora sconosciuti a Zanna Bianca. Il lupo si affeziona talmente tanto al nuovo padrone che questi lo porta con sé in California, dove l’animale impara la vita di città e le regole di convivenza con gli altri cani.
(1904) A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, a standard-bearer of its genre. This is the vivid story of a gentleman scholar, Humphrey Van Weyden, who is rescued by a seal-hunting schooner after a ferryboat accident in San Francisco Bay. London uses Van Weyden's ordeal at the hands of a schooner's devious crew to explore powerful themes of ambition, courage, and the innate will to survive. The Sea-Wolf also introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way. Powerful conflict of opinion on life... A touch of different worlds...--Submitted by Alexander The Sea-Wolf is a tale of life under pressure; set across the great oceans, and will carry you on a voyage under the terrible circumstances of the weak young man pressed into service on the ship of a tyrannical monster: Wolf Larsen, the Sea-Wolf. The protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden becomes trapped and beleaguered as he faces off with the crushingly physical conditions around him, the cold-- the cynical philosophy of the ship's captain, and the voyage of discovery brought about by pure struggle. This book presents a multi-layered texture that speaks of suffering, the will to live, and the terrible strength of those who hate. A thought-provoking philosophical and psychological journey. Irony in no short supply.--Submitted by comingaflame
Jack London’s dystopian novel The Iron Heel posits a futuristic world in which the division between the classes has deepened, creating a menacing oligarchy that rules through terror. Anticipating the science fiction novels of the 1960s and '70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying less attention to technological details. Much of the narrative is set in the San Francisco Bay Area, including events in San Francisco and Sonoma County.
Le Loup des mers (The Sea-Wolf) est un roman de l'écrivain américain Jack London publié aux États-Unis en 1904. Présentation | La Raison du plus fort : voilà la devise de Loup Larsen, capitaine de la goélette Le Fantôme. Violent, brutal, meurtrier, ne vivant que pour vaincre et dompter les autres, Loup, à la force de titan, terrorise son équipage fruste de matelots et de chasseurs de phoques. Secouru à la suite d'un naufrage, Humphrey Van Weyden, homme de lettres distingué, est contraint d'intégrer l'équipage de la goélette pour « apprendre à marcher avec ses deux jambes »...|
Roman d'aventures, suspense haletant, leçon de vie, au cœur de la nature hostile. Un classique.
Dans le Grand Nord canadien, un homme, accompagné de son chien, tente de rejoindre ses compagnons. Mais il ne connaît pas tous les dangers du froid, et il n'a pas écouté les précieux conseils du vieux trappeur…
Un court roman d'aventure haletant, aussi glaçant que l'hiver en Alaska.
Katherine Neville, l'auteur du Huit et du Cercle magique, écrit, à propos de ce récit : "Est-ce que la lecture de ce petit chef-d'œuvre ne devrait pas être imposée à tout habitant de la montagne ?"
Jack London (1876-1916) lived a short life over a hundred years ago but is still one of the most widely read and translated authors in the world. His The Call of the Wild and White Fang are studied in schools and universities wherever English is spoken. And a new generation of eBook readers has discovered and embraced other less well-known works by London such as Love of Life and John Barleycorn.
Six of London’s best pieces are gathered in Jack London Six Pack, a digital delight for fans of London’s work and of classic American literature in general.
Jack London Six Pack
The Call of the Wild
A Day’s Lodging
Love of Life
Hobos That Pass in the Night.
Digital edition includes original illustrations and links to free unabridged audio recordings of selected works.
The Call of the Wild is a novel by American writer Jack London. The plot concerns a previously domesticated and even somewhat pampered dog named Buck, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events finds him serving as a sled dog in the treacherous, frigid Yukon during the days of the 19th century Klondike Gold Rushes.
Published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is one of London's most-read books, and it is generally considered one of his best. Because the protagonist is a dog, it is sometimes classified as a juvenile novel, suitable for children, but it is dark in tone and contains numerous scenes of cruelty and violence.
London followed the book in 1906 with White Fang, a companion novel with many similar plot elements and themes as The Call of the Wild, although following a mirror image plot in which a wild wolf becomes civilized by a mining expert from San Francisco named Weedon Scott.
(1915) After death of the captain, the crew of a ship split between the two senior surviving mates. During the conflict, the narrator develops as a strong character, rather as in The Sea-Wolf. It also includes some strong white-racist views which were part of London's complex world-view. Surrounded by madness, murder, and mutiny, John Pathurst finds himself being transformed into a being as hard as the men and the sea around him.
(1913) A story of a working-class couple, Billy and Saxon Roberts, struggling laborers in Oakland at the Turn-of-the-Century, who left the city life behind and searched Central and Northern California for a suitable farmland to own. The book is notable for the scenes in which the proletarian hero enjoys fellowship with the artists' colony in Carmel, and he settles in the Valley of the Moon.
Le Vagabond des étoiles (The Star Rover) est un roman fantastique de l’écrivain américain Jack London, publié en 1915.
Il est considéré comme l’un des chefs-d’œuvre de l’auteur.
Jack London ne cessera de dénoncer la brutalité des prisons.
Il écrira dans son roman autobiographique Les Vagabonds du rail :
« La manière dont sont traités les hommes est tout simplement une des très moindres horreurs impubliables du pénitencier du comté d’Erié. Je dis « impubliables » mais je devrais plutôt dire « impensables ». Elles étaient impensables pour moi jusqu’à ce que je les voie, et pourtant je n’étais pas une poule mouillée ; je connaissais déjà les aléas du monde et les horribles abysses de la déchéance humaine. Il faudrait lâcher une boule de plomb très lourde pour qu’elle atteigne le fond de l’océan, soit le comté d’Erié, et je ne fais qu’effleurer légèrement et facétieusement la surface des choses telles que je les ai vues là-bas. »
| En Californie, enfermé dans la Prison d’État de San Quentin, le professeur Darrel Standing attend son exécution. Sur ses huit années d’incarcération, il en a passé cinq dans les ténèbres d’un cachot surnommé la « mort vivante », pour rébellion. Il y a subi le supplice de la camisole de force.
Pour échapper à cette situation intenable, et suivant le conseil d’un codétenu avec lequel il communique par tapotements contre le mur, il pratique l’auto-hypnose, et s’évade par la pensée. Ce procédé lui permet de revivre, tour à tour, certaines de ses vies antérieures…|
Buck, figlio di un San Bernardo e di una femmina di razza Collie, passa le proprie giornate in tranquillità nella valle di Santa Clara. Un giorno, il giardiniere della villa, per pagare alcuni debiti lo ruba, rivendendolo come cane da slitta in Alaska a una coppia di cercatori d’oro. Nonostante il radicale cambiamento di vita, il cane impara ad adattarsi alle nuove regole diventando col tempo un leader rispettato dai compagni della muta. Dopo questa esperienza viene nuovamente venduto a Charles, a sua moglie e al fratello, un trio di improvvisati avventurieri che non sanno come gestire un branco di cani da slitta e nemmeno come fronteggiare l’ostile territorio dell’Alaska. Incontrano durante il loro viaggio John Thornton, un vero amante della natura e dei cani che capisce subito le condizioni pessime nelle quali versa il povero Buck, ormai allo stremo delle forze e denutrito. Dopo averlo liberato, il nuovo padrone cura il cane e lo riporta agli antichi splendori di forza e coraggio. Sempre in viaggio alla ricerca dell’oro, una notte, di ritorno dalla caccia, il protagonista trova Thornton e i suoi compari trucidati dagli indiani che stanno festeggiando l’avvenuto massacro. Buck, solo contro tutti, riesce a vendicare il suo amico/padrone uccidendo tutti i pellerossa. Ormai libero si unisce a un gruppo di lupi conosciuto nel frattempo seguendo così il proprio richiamo della foresta.
Diversi per ambientazione e sviluppo, ma accomunati da una narrazione forte e appassionante, i racconti di "Quando Dio ride" non possono lasciare indifferente il lettore, sia che narrino di una sfida per portare in salvo l'equipaggio di una nave in fiamme persa fra gli atolli della Polinesia Francese, sia che descrivano un duello tra un ladro e la sua ricca e prepotente vittima, o ancora le storture dell'amministrazione della giustizia controllata dalla politica. Sono però soprattutto le personalità dei protagonisti a emergere, incarnando – nella tradizione del miglior London – il coraggio di affrontare un ambiente ostile e soverchiante, l'aspirazione alla giustizia, la fatica di resistere alla prepotenza e alle sopraffazioni di una società spietata, il senso di disfatta di fronte a un Dio che ride di ogni umano tentativo di riscatto.
Jack London spent a year living in the Yukon and drew heavily upon his experiences there while writing his two classics, The Call of the Wild and White Fang. He later said, "It was in the Klondike that I found myself."
The Call of the Wild is one of London's most popular novels. The story follows a dog named Buck, a 140lb Saint Bernard and Scotch Shepard mix. Buck is abducted from a comfortable life as a pet and tossed into the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush and the brutal realities of frontier life. Buck changes hands a number of times before landing in the kindly hands of John Thornton. Thornton takes ownership of Buck from a trio of ignorant stampeders, intent upon making a dangerous river crossing. Buck refuses to cross, despite a vicious beating. Thornton recognizes the dogs intelligence and strength. He steps in to claim the dog and nurses Buck back to health. But Buck is forever changed by the treatment he has received at the hands of other men.
A companion novel to The Call of the Wild, White Fang is the story of a wild dog's journey toward becoming civilized. The much loved book is characteristic of London's precise prose style and innovation use of voice and perspective. Much of the novel is written from the viewpoint of the animals, allowing London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang relies on his instincts as well as his strength and courage to survive in the Yukon wilderness—despite both animal and human predators—and eventually comes to make his peace with man.
Both editions includes illustrations and links to free full-length audio recordings of The Call of the Wild and White Fang.