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Burning Daylight

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Burning Daylight takes place in the Yukon Territory in 1893. The main character, Elam Harnish, nicknamed "Burning Daylight" was the most successful entrepreneur of the Alaskan Gold Rush. The story of the main character was partially based upon the life of Oakland entrepreneur "Borax" Smith. Bringing his fortunes to the States he is cheated out of it by a crowd of money kin...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Meadow Books (first published 1910)
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Jeffrey Bumiller
There are just too many things wrong with this book. The characters are so ridiculous and unbelievable. The main character, who goes by the cringe inducing nickname that gives the book its title, is an overwrought, hyper-masculine caricature of the early 20th century American male. The way that women are portrayed in the story is borderline offensive (there is a female character who is only referred to as, "the virgin"). The dialogue is embarrassing and poorly executed. Basically this is a love...more
This is essentialy a story about a man's journey to find out what is important in life. Along the way he develops strength and vitality, loses it in his quest for fortune and power, then eventually gives up his worldly trappings for a return to his vitality and to gain the woman he loves.

Jack London occasionally spends a little too much time generalizing and describing for my tastes, but the story is good and the narration well done.
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Thom Swennes
No other country builds their folk heroes up as much as the United States. From patriots to generals to outlaws, Americans make them bigger than life. This phenomenon doesn't occur by mere chance but with the help of the many tall stories; first told around campfires and later put in print for a far larger public. Jack London did his share in this verity. Burning Daylight is the story of Elam Harnish, an Oregonian migrate in the Yukon Territory of frozen Alaska. As a gold prospector he was moder...more
Tobin Tullis
this is the narrative of the Klondike that I thought i would find in call of the wild! excellent read!
it got a little wordy in part two, and I sincerely wondered at times when it would end, but I did enjoy it immensely
Amy Nielsen (is going cerebral for 2014)
I read about 2/3 of this book and enjoyed most of it. Halfway through, it got pretty political and then BD got sort of unlikeable which turned me off. I didn't read enough to find out if he overcame his faults and turned back into a likable character; seems like that's where it was headed but I had too many other more interesting reads at hand that I couldn't stay interested to find out what happened. However I read too much to give it completely up so maybe someday I'll come back 'round and fin...more
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I've not read much Jack London before, thinking I wouldn't really care for him, but I was pleasantly surprised by this ebook from Project Gutenberg.

The life of Burning Daylight was quite a saga, from his 30th birthday, when he was already an "old-timer" in the Alaskan goldrush, to a life of high-finance in San Fransisco and even Wall Street. A varied, many faceted adventure and love story. Recommended!
Brom Kim
This was next in line in working my way through the complete works of Jack London.

It's a worthwhile read, and interesting from a historical perspective.The story moves from the Yukon down to the SF Bay Area.

The character study is also pretty interesting - something about how we go stale, and become unkind in business, but can redeem ourselves. Hmmm.
Dave Maddock
A pretty good novel with a not-so-subtle naive socialist theme. I recall it reading almost like two novellas: Part 1--prospector gets rich, becomes capitalist; Part 2--capitalism saps prospector's vitality, prospector goes back to wilderness.
Average Jack London. Some good adventure in the first half, with an easily predictable conclusion.
Sandy Meier
I loved this book. It is one of my favorites! Such a great story and told so well by London. By far my favorite Jack London novel.
One of London's lesser known novels, this book is a great read... a moving story of sacrificial love.
The scenes in the Yukon are outstanding. London almost makes you feel that you are in the wilderness.
The Bruce
This is one of my top 10 favorite books.

Burning Daylight is who I want to be!

Jared Murphy
This is a classic. Definitely recommend people read this book. Tragic. One of London's best works.
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Just bought a 1937 edition for 1 euro in Galway, Ireland. So excited to read it!!!!!!!
A well written book that stands the test of time.
Always my motto - a great tale of human endurance
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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.

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