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Five Great Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

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Five stories that epitomize Jack London's mastery of the adventure story. "The White Silence," "In a Far Country," and "An Odyssey of the North" bring the harshness of the frozen North powerfully to life. "The Sigh of McCoy" reflects London's experiences as a sailor in the South Seas. "The Mexican" combines London's talents as a sports writer with a sympathetic portrayal o ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 20th 1992 by Dover Publications Inc. (first published February 21st 1992)
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Lisa
Dec 12, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Each of these five short stories kept me interested from start to finish.

We pampered Westerners live in times of great comfort, leisure, and isolation from nature. It is difficult for us to remember that we live in a very peculiar time and in a very peculiar setting. Typically, life brings with it much hardship, physical pain, uncertainty, and death. Nature is incomprehensibly unforgiving. However, people will trek on in the face of these difficulties - for what choice do you have? Sometimes pe
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K. Rezaiezadeh
Jan 11, 2017 K. Rezaiezadeh rated it really liked it
Honestly, the first four stories were interesting but did little for me, but I would recommend The Mexican to anyone. Worth the price of the collection alone - even if that's not saying too much seeing as it's a Dover Thrift Edition.
Gale
May 11, 2016 Gale rated it really liked it
“From Frozen Climes to the Steamy Tropics “

The first three tales are set in London’s beloved but unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. The first two are short—grim and grimmer—as he warns of the insidious danger on Western man’s soul and psyche of the great White Silence on sunless Alaska, and the cruel indifference
of the uninhabited mountainous vastness. Man versus both Man and Nature are the themes which are played out with disastrous results.

But London’s unique style as storyteller—gripping our
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Heather Fryling
Jan 26, 2016 Heather Fryling rated it really liked it
If it weren't for Jack London, I wouldn't know the terror of the North. He is the ultimate writer on the brutality of cold.

The first three stories in this collection conform to our usual expectations for Jack London: stories of death and survival in the Klondike.

The last two show a different side. The Seed of McCoy gives us London's take on the real life Lord of the Flies, Pitcairn Island. The Mexican gives us London's take on the Mexican revolution. Both flesh out the author London as not just
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Terrie Purkey
Jul 28, 2015 Terrie Purkey rated it liked it
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this short book of short stories. I'm not much of a fan of short stories - they always seem so incomplete to me. However, London does a good job of character development and action and resolution in each of these stories, that I wasn't left wanting more.

There are 3 stories set in his signature Yukon territory, 1 story is a sailing story (probably my least fave of the 5) and the last story is about boxing and revolution.

I read this for my 2015 reading challenge, "short s
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Laura Verret
Feb 17, 2011 Laura Verret rated it did not like it
In this collection of short stories, Jack London seems to be dedicated to proving the meaninglessness of existence. I won't deny that the stories are well written, but they are also quite depressing. The only story which actually held my interest was 'The Mexican'.
Caleb
Dec 26, 2011 Caleb marked it as to-read
Shelves: torchlight-list
'The Mexican'
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 Barb Bailey
Jul 25, 2008 Barb Bailey rated it really liked it
My husband and son love Jack London books. These stories were very well written but a bit too violent and raw for me.
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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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