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As a young man in the summer of 1897, Jack London joined the Klondike gold rush. From that seminal experience emerged these gripping, inimitable wilderness tales, which have endured as some of London’s best and most defining work. With remarkable insight and unflinching realism, London describes the punishing adversity that awaited men in the brutal, frozen expanses of the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2001 by Modern Library (first published April 1982)
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Kiyan
Sep 08, 2008 Kiyan rated it really liked it
Jack London writes brutal, naturalist fiction with themes of race, the amorality of nature, and the law of survival. There are stories of people just dying from cold, - total black metal, heh heh. People never get me when I say that some of the most horrific things I've read come from Jack London, but there ya go, they've just read Call of the Wild.

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Like in the story "Wisdom of the Trail", Sitka absorbs the values of the White Race. He is in love with Mrs. Eppingwell. He executes
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Jake
Jul 29, 2009 Jake rated it it was amazing
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So far so good. I've read some of these and remain impressed with Jack London's writing. If you've liked his novels, this is a great collection of shorter pieces. For me, Jack London provides a chance to head north to places I've never been. Here is life out on a harsh, frozen frontier. Make up some hot chocolate, lean back in a comfortable chair, and enjoy.
Hamish
Aug 16, 2012 Hamish rated it really liked it
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London doesn't hit every single time here, but his batting average is pretty damn high. Love of Life has got to be one of the best short stories I've ever read (there's also a story called The Apostate, is Michael Gira a fan?). Talented craftsman (think Flannery O'Connor), unique and original subject matter.
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Some stories were very good, some were repetitious. In retrospect I'm having trouble distinguishing one story from another but they were written by Jack London so it's good reading.
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Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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