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The novel begins when Van Weyden is swept overboard into San Francisco Bay, and plucked from the sea by Larsen's seal-hunting vessel, the Ghost. This ship's evil captain, Wolf Larsen - The Sea-Wolf - is a murderous tyrant who uses his superhuman strength to torture and destroy, his brilliant mind to invent sick games, and his relentless will to control his mutinous crew. P ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Bantam Classics (first published 1904)
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Brandi I'd say it's meant for more mature readers, because of the depth. But teenagers could probably appreciate it too. It has a Treasure Island feel.
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brian
this has gotta be one of the biggest piece of shit pulpy ridiculous shitshows of a novel. ever. and i freely admit that i love it. yeah, that's right. this is my Valley of the Dolls.

here’s the deal: an effete bookworm gets on a boat that crashes just off the san fransiscan coast and is scooped out of the water and brought onto the seal-hunting Ghost, headed to Japan, and captained by Wolf Larson, the darkest, most demented and brutal guy to walk the planet. this guy makes ahab, kurtz, and bligh
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Henry Avila
Millionaire Humphrey van Weyden, a bookish gentleman, (who reads anymore) was coming back , from visiting a close friend in the East Bay shore. Crossing the waters to San Francisco , again, his ferry boat collides in the thick fog, with a steamer. Quickly sinking her, the dilettante, can't swim, good thing he has a life preserver on... going overboard, amid piercing cries, in the gloom, drifting in the chilly waters, out through the Golden Gate (before the bridge was built). The tides and winds ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This classic adventure on the high seas, made into a miniseries in 2009 in the city of Halifax where I live (finally some great films being made around here!), this book is full of terror, confusion and mayhem as a man fights for survival with a ruthless sailboat captain and his unruly crew, but ultimately they make peace with him and what unfolds is one of what I think is Jack London's best works.
Daniel
"We were talking about this yesterday," he said. "I held that life was a ferment, a yeasty something which devoured life that it might live, and that living was merely successful piggishness. Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift. Look at the fish and their millions of eggs. For that matter, look at you and me.
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BrokenTune
Mar 11, 2016 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
“Do you know the only value life has is what life puts upon itself? And it is of course overestimated, for it is of necessity prejudiced in its own favour. Take that man I had aloft. He held on as if he were a precious thing, a treasure beyond diamonds of rubies. To you? No. To me? Not at all. To himself? Yes. But I do not accept his estimate. He sadly overrates himself. There is plenty more life demanding to be born. Had he fallen and dripped his brains upon the deck like honey from the comb, t ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sea Wolf, Jack London
عنوان: گرگ دريا ؛ نویسنده: جک لندن؛ مترجم: جواد پیمان؛ تهران، فرانکلین، 1339، چاپ دیگر: در سال 1345؛ در 415 ص؛ چاپ بعدی در 320 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، کانون معرفت، در 280 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی؛ 1394؛ در 378 ص؛ شابک: 9786001215490؛ موضوع: داستنهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 19 م
مترجم: علیرضا یاوری؛ تهران، ؟، ؟؛ در 36 ص؛
مترجم: فریدون حاجتی؛ تهران، آرمان، 1362؛ در 264 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: آرمان دبیر، 1370، در 144 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، دبیر اکباتان، 1386؛ چاپ بعدی 1387؛ در 148 ص؛
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Jim
Jan 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few of London's books although it was years ago for most. I've reread a few, but somehow never got to this one. I'm glad I remedied that. Wolf Larsen & Hump are certainly two of the most vivid & interesting characters I've had the pleasure to encounter. The story was all the more intriguing because it explores the meaning & purpose of life through a rousing adventure. London based much of it on a sailing voyage he took to Japan which explains the reality of the sett ...more
Paul O'Neill
An enjoyable sea faring tale, and not entirely what I was expecting.

The first half of this book would receive a solid four stars. It gets a bit boring at the end. The main reason being that I'd rather the 'sea wolf' character was indeed the main character. We've come a long way in what we want from our characters (thanks GRRM!) and their motivations. Is it wrong that I liked the 'bad guy' in this book and wanted to know more about him, his motivations and also agree with his pirate behaviour? I
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Joe
Jul 05, 2007 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manly Men Doing Manly Things
Anyone who needs a good shot of testosterone but thinks the movie 300 was a little to homo-erotic should read the Sea Wolf. This book makes Hemmingway run off like a little girly man. The main character is a woosy book-worm literary critic who gets press-ganged into a sealing crew led by the cruel and rutheless Wolf Larsson. Larsson is one of the greatest villians I've had the pleasure to read--he's intelligent and brutal, but at times you even sympathize with him.
By the way, I especially sugges
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Kenchiin
May 08, 2016 Kenchiin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You stand on dead men's legs. You've never had any of your own"
A book full of truth.
Matt
Jack London’s take on Nietzsches’s dubious concept of the Übermensch.

In the confined space of a seal-hunting schooner in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the most captivating antagonist ever, captain Wolf Larson, highly intelligent with superhuman physical strength, have it out with the somewhat stodgy protagonist Van Weyden, an intellectual bookworm, scholar, and landlubber. Their philosophies and views on life couldn’t be more different.

The whole thing is embedded in an exciting adventure on hi
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Martha
Jan 09, 2008 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be one of my all-time favorite novels. I've read it over and over and over :) Jack London (an atheist to the chore) is one of our great, American authors. His story is extremely gripping and intense, while he weaves throughout the story-line his thoughts of God vs. Atheism. The protagonist (the Christian) and the antagonist (the Atheist) are frequently involved in debates about right vs. wrong, design vs. accident, and God vs. evolution. Jack London does not, however, endorse eit ...more
Allison
Feb 09, 2010 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god. This book is...well, it defies description.

At first, I thought "Oh, illegal seal hunting, violence, and poor health conditions on a ship lost in the Bering Sea. What's not to love?" (Note the heavy sarcasm.)

Turns out, all of those things have a very minor role in the story. It is mostly about the learning experiences of a gentleman aboard a brutal ship, and his conversations with the captain, who is a very unusually educated man. I could go on for pages about the discussions that the
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Sketchbook
Jan 05, 2011 Sketchbook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A breathless, over-the-top "Pop" adventure. Based on
Jack London's travels (sensitive sissy confronts beastie
schooner captain), it presents in technicolor the author's
double vision of himself. Between wrenching physical
jousts, the duelists quote Swinburne, Milton & Omar Khyyam.
For the Douglas Sirk finale there's a mermaid from
Boston. "My man," sighs she, offering her lips to the newly
muscled chappy after his captivity. The Darwinian
seafaring manners: bitchin' & butch.
Nesli
Mar 06, 2016 Nesli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
Wolf Larsen akılda yer edebilen bir karakter, onunla tanışmak adına kitap okunmalı derim. Kitabın ilk üçte birlik kısmı çok hareketli geçiyor, kendi adıma heyecanlı bir okuma süreciydi. Kitabın geri kalanından aynı tadı alamadım.
Wanda
Jun 22, 2014 Wanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Dagny, Karen, Cheryl
31 JUL 2014 -- will start this one on Saturday, 2 AUG. Tomorrow, 1 AUG, is a day off from work and I will also give a listen-to Eugenie Grandet on BBC Radio 4X. So, the Sea-Wolf and I will sail together on Saturday. See you Saturday Sea-Wolf.

2 AUG 2014 -- Chap. 5. The Sea-Wolf is a nasty piece of cod. He is bossy and overbearing. A bully personality is his way of life. A man who dearly needs a major time-out. Another baby-man.

3 AUG 2014 -- Chap. 8. "Sometimes I think Wolf Larsen mad, or half-m
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Semih Eker
Oct 21, 2016 Semih Eker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphane
3,5'tan 4 verdim diyebilirim.
Eser kesinlikle kötü değil, konu olarak da anlatım olarak da başarılı ama bazı olaylar üzerinde çok durulmuş. 272 sayfalık Oda Yayınları versiyonunu okudum, bence 150 sayfa civarı yazılsa daha etkili olabilirdi, belki de iş yoğunluğumdan dolayı ara vererek okuyabildiğim için bana öyle geldi.

Spoiler vermeden kısaca eserin içeriğine değinmek gerekirse;

Humphrey Van Weyden isimli eserin birinci ağızdan anlatıcısı(kendisi bir yazar ve babadan zengin), bindiği geminin kaza
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Έλλη Δ
Jun 07, 2016 Έλλη Δ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΒLOG ΣΤΟΝ ΑΣΤΕΡΙΣΜΟ ΤΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ
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Αποτιμώντας τον με μια φράση θα τον χαρακτηρίζαμε μια ρομαντική ναυτική περιπέτεια με άρτια ψυχογραφήματα και φιλοσοφικές προεκτάσεις!

Ενα "μεγάλο" έργο "προσιτό σε κάθε αναγνώστη κι εκεί ακριβώς έγκειται η σπουδαιότητά του:
Ο "Θαλασσόλυκος" μπορεί να ικανοποιήσει με τις υπαρξιακές του αναφο
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Kris
Jun 03, 2013 Kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sadists
Shelves: own-it
How many ways did I loathe this book? Well, first there was the constant theme that in order to be a "real man" (I'll save discussion of women for later) that one has to work with his hands, and has to brave the elements, and laugh in the face of danger, and be cruel, sadistic and amoral, and that these are all things to be admired! Oh, and don't forget that you have to have the body of a Greek god and a a self-taught intellect that is only used to back up one's own views, not to explore other v ...more
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Dorcas
Jun 21, 2014 Dorcas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my absolute favorite "desert isle " book choice as a teenager. I absolutely adored it .Which is a bit unusual, I know. But there you have it. I cant tell you how many times Ive read this.

Basically, the hero Humphrey "Hump" is tossed overboard during a storm at sea and picked up by a passing sealer ship captained by the infamous "Wolf Larssen ". Wolf has no intention of carrying Hump to his destination. He can become one of the crew and tow the line or he can be eaten by the fishes. His
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Andy Kahl
Jul 07, 2007 Andy Kahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This is another of my book club (The Irregulars) picks, and one I'd put in the win column. Our discussion of the book pointed out that the men generally liked the first part better and the women liked the second part better. Me, I liked both. I enjoyed the philosophical discussions in the first half, and the sheer audacity of Wolf Larson. But I also enjoyed the second half with the introduction of the Maud character. Call me a sappy romantic, but that "please, please" thing just strummed my hear ...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Feb 17, 2016 Steven Wedgeworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A harrowing tale of shipwreck and survival, The Sea-Wolf combines classic Jack London adventure with philosophical meditations on life, truth, and love. Certain parts are very dark, but the book manages to have a happy ending. I'm not sure it brings everything together throughout, and the role of Wolf Larsen is a little open-ended. But it is a compelling read nonetheless.
Raya  Ka'abneh
Jun 07, 2014 Raya Ka'abneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كم هي راااائعة!!!
في البداية لم أتوقع أن تكون بهذه الروعة..
حياة البحر والصيادين والقبطان..
القبطان الشرير وولف لارسن الذئب ، القبطان المتوحش قبطان سفينة الشبح المتغطرس الذي لا يعرف الرحمة..
فان ويندن وفلسفته وتحديه للارسن ونجاته مع حبيبته مود...
رااائعة
Omaira
“Es el champán de la sangre, la efervescencia de la levadura lo que hace que algunos hombres tengan pensamientos puros y que otros vean a Dios o Lo-que-inventen cuando no pueden verlo. Eso es todo; la ebriedad de la vida, la agitación y la inquietud de la levadura, el murmullo de la vida poseída de la conciencia por estar viva. Mañana tendré que pagar por esto, como el borracho. Y sabré que he de morir, posiblemente en el mar, que dejaré de agitarme para pudrirme en el mar; para convertirme e
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Shaun
Nov 30, 2015 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It began simply, on a regular day, except this day I was fortunate enough to find myself in my favorite local bookshop. Right near the door, the owner had purchased and set up a set of books, beautiful-looking Reader’s Digest books, classics. I specifically went there looking for Mark Twain, and I ended up with three of them. I also had my eye on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. I wanted to get one more book, but I didn’t know which one to get. Kipling, Verne, Austen, Dickens. So I asked the propr ...more
Tristram
What a Maudlin Brew’s That …

I don’t know whether Jack London’s seafaring novel The Sea-Wolf enjoys the same popularity in the U.S. as it does in Germany, where practically every member of my generation fondly remembers the Weihnachtsvierteiler on TV, in which Raimund Harmstorf as Captain Wolf Larsen mashed a potato in his hand. Speaking of fond memories, though, one must admit that the adaptation came over as rather lengthy when I last watched it. But that is neither here nor there: The most imp
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Marwan
هذه الرواية ذات محتوى شديد الذكورية مثل كاتبها . فى ذلك العهد كانت الأفكار النيتشوية و الدارونية ذات شعبية ففكرة البقاء للأفضل المستوحاة من نظرية النشوء و الأرتقاء و فكرة السوبرمان كانتا فى زروتيهما.
و جاك لندن فى رواياته كان يرى أن الطبيعة و قسوتها هى خير معلم و ملهم للأنسان فهى مصدر الحياة و الموت و هى ملهمة الصراع و بالتالى يجب أن تكون ملهمةالأخلاق أيضا .
فى هذه الرواية يوضع نقيضين فى مواجهةو مسرح المواجهة هى سفينة الصيد ( الشبح)فى عرض البحر فى غياب اى تدخل حضارى أيا كان الأول شخص متعلم و متح
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João Duarte
Mar 17, 2015 João Duarte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pois é, pois é...
Um verdadeiro resgate. Tem a capacidade de nos fazer olhar para a humanidade com uma réstia de esperança, ainda que de forma muito célere e perene, um pouco como os filmes a preto-e-branco em que o que interessa é verdadeiramente o que se quer sentir, mais do que o que se sente.
Pode ser uma mentira, mas quero mesmo muito acreditar nela.
Se o que conta é a intenção, pelo menos que o núcleo da intenção seja puro. O resto, estragamos nós, com toda a responsabilidade a que nos habi
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Natalie
The Sea wolf has been a very exciting journey, not failing to keep me interested. Though the book was very long, it was very satisfying when a chapter was finished and I could move onto the next. The story is lead by a man living in a domesticated environment, named Humphrey van Weyden. Taking a boat trip on a san francisco ship called the 'martinez', the boat collides with an another, sending him into the water and eventually getting picked by another ship called the 'ghost'. He is forced to le ...more
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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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“Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift. Look at the fish and their millions of eggs. For that matter, look at you and me. In our loins are the possibilities of millions of lives. Could we but find time and opportunity and utilize the last bit and every bit of the unborn life that is in us, we could become the fathers of nations and populate continents. Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Everywhere it goes begging. Nature spills it out with a lavish hand. Where there is room for one life, she sows a thousand lives, and it's life eats life till the strongest and most piggish life is left.” 78 likes
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