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Martin Eden Volume I [EasyRead Edition]

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  7,724 ratings  ·  375 reviews
Moving tale of an ambitious young man who struggles hard to fulfil his dreams only to realize that they were just an illusion. The significance of this novel is enhanced by its autobiographical connotations. In this masterpiece, London offers a gripping commentary on the American culture, its hypocrisy and materialism. Hypnotic
Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by ReadHowYouWant.com (first published 1909)
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Chris
This is one of the best books I've ever read. A remarkable attempt by Jack London in dissecting a person's evolution of being as they happen upon the path of enlightenment. Martin Edin (M.E.--a hint at the author's identification with the hero?) is a roughneck sailor who is blinded and transformed by the inner and outer beauty of a woman he meets, but this is just the beginning. Looking into her eyes he caught, "glimpses of the soul, and a glimpse of his own too." His former mode of being had co ...more
Simona
La meta vale il viaggio? E' la domanda che si pone Martin Eden, l'alter ego di London.
Ma chi è Martin Eden? Martin Eden è un marinaio dalla vivida intelligenza, un uomo che ha solcato i mari di ogni porto, un uomo che, anche grazie all'ossessione e alla passione amorosa che nutre verso Ruth, una giovane rampolla dell'alta borghesia, vuole elevarsi e far parte della società e del mondo a cui lei appartiene.
Un romanzo di grande intensità, di grande verità. La storia di un uomo, un piccolo eroe d
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Tony
MARTIN EDEN. (1909). Jack London. ***.
Although I had read London’s popular novels, everyone told me I should certainly read this one, too. OK, I’ve done it. It is, supposedly, a very autobiographical memoir set in novel form – a romantic novel form. It is the coming-of-age story, told very quickly as happening over dinner, of Eden, who is invited to the home of a young man whom he had rescued from a brawl on board a ferry. He discovers that there is a whole other universe of people (class) out
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Cemre
I read this book pretty late, this summer,at the age of 26, upon a friend's high recommendation.
I always thought it was written with a high passion about the developments of the era. There are books which are able to change your whole view of life when you read them as a teenager, this one is definitely one of them. Thank God I didn't read it back then, because you may feel a bit depressive through the novel when considering the traumatic realization of Martin Eden as he was going to death, that
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Sergey Vologin
Так жалко, что в итоге общество превратило сильного яркого человека в ленивца, человек сгинул , а все эти люди, которые участвовали в его сломлении, дальше живут
Это меня больше всего бесит - общество постоянно тебе говорит как делать , но оно быстро о тебе забывает, когда все идет плохо . Так было и когда он писал книги, так и в конце жизни
Сложно все выразить словами, Но столько вещей знакомых в книге встретилось, и ко всем мыслям я пришел сам
И удивительно что я не первый кто борется в голове с
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Sarah
Okay, first I will discuss what I really did like about this book.

Alright, when I first started reading it, I was very touched by the loving connection that the main character (Martin Eden) had with Ruth. It was very sweet, and at times it reminded me of my own relationship with my boyfriend, which made it endearing and all the more special to read. Jack London wrote of how Ruth would feel relieved from her studying at the university to see Martin, and how his presence rejuvenated her and gave h
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Maria Grazia
MARTIN EDEN by JACK LONDON , whose real name was John Griffith London, is another of those stories that hooked me when I read them first time and it has become part of my literary roots. It’s another of those stories about an extraordinary young person I like reading with / to my students. It’s the story of a young sailor and labourer who has a great dream, to become a part of the wealthy bourgeoisie, to belong to those people who led a high-thinking life.
Inspired by the college-educated societ
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Silvia
Ho letteralmente adorato questo libro. Se non fosse stato per il mio professore di Letteratura Angloamericana all'Università credo che non avrei mai avuto la voglia di leggerlo. La sinossi non mi attirava per nulla e lo cominciai con un senso di stanchezza e fastidio che dopo le prime pagine mi abbandonò subito.

Partendo da un spunto autobiografico, come nella maggior parte delle sue opere, Jack London racconta di Martin Eden, un marinaio che si trova a salvare la vita, durante la navigazione, a
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Gordon
A powerful book. A dynamic working-class man discovers the world of knowledge and culture, falls in love with a girl from this new world, and realizes he has a gift for writing. Although he eventually succeeds after much self-denial one after another his new ideals prove to be disappointments. The portrayal of his dawning consciousness is dazzling. The second half of the book drags somewhat but the tragic ending - which came as more of a surprise than it should have - has the inevitability of a ...more
Aprile
Volere è potere, ma…

Complicato scrivere qualcosa a proposito di Martin Eden, Jack London è stato così esaustivo. La storia si dipana seguendo uno stretto ordine cronologico ma si sente l’intervento continuo del narratore che, per voce di Martin, commenta con il senno del poi i fatti, le azioni e anche i pensieri ... (continua)

Complicato scrivere qualcosa a proposito di Martin Eden, Jack London è stato così esaustivo. La storia si dipana seguendo uno stretto ordine cronologico ma si sente l’i
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Sera
It’s been a long time since I have read Jack London who has been my first favorite writer with White Fang, The Call of the Wild, the Sea Wolf, The Game and other stories. As a kind of an autobiographical novel, Martin Eden depicts the story of a man who tries to be a writer. The abyss between him and Ruth, the woman he loves, and the society becomes bigger and bigger. It is a novel of loneliness actually and we can understand writers like Jack London, Salinger and many other writers better. The ...more
TarasProkopyuk
Искусство Джека Лондона вовлекает с головой. То же и случилось при прочтении романа "Мартин Иден", который во многом автобиографичен.

Лондон не просто интересно и захватывающее пишет, но и заряжает силой - силой борьбы и выносливости на пути к успеху. Он заставляет задуматься, что ждёт человека, когда тот достигнет вершины, когда умрёт цель, а также заставляет задуматься о важности выбора своей жизненной цели за пределами жизни.

Чтобы донести до читателя эти крайнее важные мысли автору довелось п
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El
I finished this last night, but have been mentally sitting on my review, letting it percolate. I realize now, the next morning, I don't have that much to say.

Jack London is inconsistent. Once in a while he says something totally awesome and my mind is blown, but then he falls back into this mediocrity that I can't even define. In some ways I feel this is because (at least in this case) he wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, and I think sometimes it's hard for authors to remove themselves enough
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Ahmad Sharabiani
757. Martin Eden, Jack London, first published 1909
عنوان یک: «مارتین ایدن»، ترجمه: «ا. دوس‍ت‍دار»، نشر: «تهران: علمی، چاپ نخست سال ۱۳۳۵، چاپ دوم 1347 هجری خورشیدی»، در ۲۹۴ ص، شابک: ندارد
عنوان دو: «مارتین ایدن»، ترجمه: «محمدتقی فرامرزی»، نشر: «تهران: تندر، چاپ نخست ۱۳۶۲، چاپ دوم ۱۳۶۸، هجری خورشیدی» در ۴۱۴ ص. شابک: ندارد
عنوان سه: «مارتین ایدن»، ترجمه: «محمدتقی فرامرزی»، نشر: «تهران، دنیای نو، چاپ نخست سال ۱۳۸۷ هجری خورشیدی، چاپ دوم نامشخص، چاپ سوم سال ‬۱۳۸۹ هجری خورشیدی، چاپ چهارم سال ۱۳۹۲ هجری خ
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Suzan
Great story by one of the best story tellers! It was tremendously impacting reading for me. I believe this should be required reading for anyone with aspirations of becoming an author or an artist in any genre. Some say this story is partially auto-biographical.

It is an amazing story of a man's struggle to lift himself upwards towards his goals. The strength of personality protrayed in Martin Eden is phenominal! I loved his seeking of knowledge for it's own beauty. I so related to his love of k
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Joshua Frampton
Dec 29, 2009 Joshua Frampton rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Impressionable young writers
Sometimes I really wish I could have read a particular book or author at a younger age. Jack London is such an author. He has a solid, workmanlike style (with flashing moments of brilliance), despite sometimes bludgeoning the reader through repetition. Martin Eden is remarkably easy to read, with empathetic characters and a simple plot. Budding writers of vision and determination (where are they in this new decade?) would probably do well to peer closely at Eden's working habits. As a stylist, L ...more
Victor
Sem dúvida alguma o melhor livro que li do Jack London : o mais biográfico e visceral de todos. É-nos contada a história de alguém que ambiciona o sucesso e o reconhecimento através da escrita. Do zero até ao sucesso e solidão é a história de Martin Eden. Recomendadíssimo. Este livro foi escrito em inícios do séc XX (1909), há que considerar o estilo e o estado da arte na altura.
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Олон жилийн өмнө л "Аниргүй цагаан дайд" түүвэр, "Цагаан соёо" номыг нь уншиж байсан ч байгалийн хатуу ширүү нөхцөл хүний мөн чанар, тэсвэр тэвчээрийг яаж шалгадаг тухай барим тавим бодит дүрсэлсэн бараан бичлэг нь санаанд тун тод үлджээ. Жэк Лондон социализмд элэгтэй байсан учраас монгол хэлээр орчуулагдах хувь тохиосон дэлхийн сонгодгуудын нэг болсныг хожим нь мэдэж билээ. Энэ номыг ихэд онцгойлохыг хүмүүсийн амнаас, асуултын форумаас гээд л сонсож дуулаад, уншчихсан гэж зөндөө хүссэнээ сая би ...more
Teryl
This is the first adult novel I fell into. I was 12 or 13, and it colored my perspective for many years. It is essentially nihilistic, and it is no surprise that London was an alcoholic. It makes an excellent case for the meaninglessness of this world - but that's as far as it can go. The booze probably deadened his capacity for loving wisdom.
Tim
Aug 07, 2007 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: socialist writers
A book that I first read in high school and has just stuck with me over the years. Tragic tale of an uncouth sailor who educated himself and became a famous writer. Often looked at as an autobiographical tale by London, this story has continued to show it's worth 13 years after I first read it.
ruff
One of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who is in search of a marvelously written semi-autobiography.

As we are used to London's glorious descriptive style, this story is no exception. As well as the plot and action.

Definitely deserves more than 5/5.
Jim Hale
The great value of this under appreciated novel is the realistic depiction of what it was like for a poor young man to make a living as a fiction writer at the turn of the last century. This was the bruising, impoverished life of Jack London and he tells it in the same adventure story detail of his better known tales: "In his own small room Martin lived, slept, studied, wrote and kept house. Before the one window, looking out on the tiny front porch, was the kitchen table that served as desk, li ...more
Surymae
E' come una fanfiction: scritta benissimo, per carità, e con molta più sostanza, ma fanfiction rimane. Martin Eden è la chiara proiezione dell'autore, e si vede... diciamo in ogni riga? E' bellissimo ed intelligentissimo - come ricordano in continuazione sia i personaggi che il narratore - dotato di grande talento e sensibilità ma ahimé incompreso dal mondo. E a te, povero lettore, dispiace anche per le sue tribolazioni, e del fatto che si sia innamorato di una borghesina da lui sopravvalutata e ...more
Jon
Growing up, I read London's tales of dogs and wolves and of one seafaring man. I did not like London. I was told I read the wrong things. One of the books I needed to read, I was advised, was Martin Eden. Indeed, this book seems more intriguing than the animal stories that inspired no interest in me.

That said, I had a kind of love-hate relationship with this book and with Eden himself. Perhaps, that's what London intends, or perhaps London is Eden, which is also easy to read into the novel. I wo
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Vittorio Ducoli
Chapeau ad una tesi che non condivido

Beh, Cosa dire?
Un romanzo meraviglioso, da leggere tutto d'un fiato. Anche se non posso condividere il darwinismo sociale di Martin/Jack, la sua ammirazione per H. Spencer, come non essere affascinati dal suo vitalismo, spinto fino alle estreme conseguenze, dalla forza con cui la scrittura di London riesce a renderlo? Come non vedere nella figura di Ruth tutte le contraddizioni di una borghesia gretta e rinchiusa in sé e nelle sue convenzioni, anche quando cr
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Mérita Selimi
Martin Eden : the story of a sailor who tries to make it as a writer out of love for a girl.

At first sight, the plot seems quite simple but this book is deeply captivating because it tells the enthralling story of a writer who overcomes a lot of obstacles (poverty, lack of education, the gap between his modest origins and the well-to-do background of the loved one etc.) thanks to his mental strength.

But the narration also lets us know how this writer after he achieves a success he couldn't have
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Stewart
A few friends of mine and I took a Jack London Trip in October 2012, visiting a few of the places where he lived in Oakland and Piedmont 100 and more years ago, and spending part of an afternoon at Jack London Square where he drank and had seafaring conversation at Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon.
In preparation for this trip, I read London’s semi-autobiographical novel "Martin Eden." Unlike "Call of the Wild" or "White Fang," which take place in the Yukon with its extreme topography and
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Michael
Is Jack London a socialist or an elitist individualist? The idea of the worker intellectual striving to be accepted in the bourgeois world and becoming disillusioned with their literary sophistication is well written here and a somewhat enjoyable read. The thing is Eden, and I'm guessing London, doesn't seem to have much appreciation for the Oakland working class. This comes from a man who ran for Mayor of Oakland on the socialist party ticket. He also seems to hate blue collar work itself, as w ...more
Wolfpabiru
Tutto quello che mi viene da dire su questo libro è a rischio spoiler e quindi cercherò di essere vago.

Inizia come una storia d'amore difficile, se non impossibile, ma pian piano si capisce che c'è molto di più in questa ascesa di Martin Eden verso un livello culturale maggiore e un mondo che lui reputa migliore di quello da dove proviene.

Ci si esalta per i continui progressi di Martin (vien da chiamarlo per nome, come fosse un conoscente) ma ci si infervora anche nei momenti dove si discute di
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Belousov Sergey
Перед прочтением я узнал, что этот роман - практически автобиография. Даже инициалы М.Е. намекают. С одной стороны, проникаешься к Джеку Лондону уважением, удивляясь, насколько яркая и полная подвигов жизнь у человека. С другой стороны, когда он описывает Мартина Идена, складывается то самое ощущение, когда человек, обладающий некими достоинствами, знает о них, и ,мало того, говорит о них, то есть является человеком "без ложной скромности". В данном случае достоинства Мартина позволяют забыть об ...more
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“But I am I. And I won't subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind” 63 likes
“Who are you, Martin Eden? he demanded of himself in the looking-
glass, that night when he got back to his room. He gazed at
himself long and curiously. Who are you? What are you? Where do
you belong? You belong by rights to girls like Lizzie Connolly.
You belong with the legions of toil, with all that is low, and
vulgar, and unbeautiful. You belong with the oxen and the drudges,
in dirty surroundings among smells and stenches. There are the
stale vegetables now. Those potatoes are rotting. Smell them,
damn you, smell them. And yet you dare to open the books, to
listen to beautiful music, to learn to love beautiful paintings, to
speak good English, to think thoughts that none of your own kind
thinks, to tear yourself away from the oxen and the Lizzie
Connollys and to love a pale spirit of a woman who is a million
miles beyond you and who lives in the stars! Who are you? and what
are you? damn you! And are you going to make good?”
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