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Five Great Short Stories

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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 Seed 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 February 21st 1992 by Dover Publications
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Jul 23, 2013 jw468 rated it 3 of 5 stars
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From most enjoyable to least enjoyable, for me, are:
The Seed of McCoy ****
The Mexican ****
An Odyssey of the North ****
In a Far Country ***
The White Silence ***

I do like these lines from "In a Far Country"

"He must not say 'Thank you;' he must mean it without opening his mouth, and prove it by responding in kind. In short, he must substitute the deed for the word, the spirit for the letter."
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'.
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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...more
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