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Als Schiffbrüchiger gerät der gebildete van Weyden auf den Robbenfänger "Ghost" unter dem berüchtigten Kapitän Wolf Larsen, der den Literaten zum Küchenjungen macht, denn für ihn gilt allein das brutale Recht des Stärkeren. Und Wolf Larsen ist der Stärkere. Voller Abscheu und doch auch fasziniert erlebt van Weyden, wie sich bei diesem Mann tierhafte Kraft und Schönheit mit ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published 1968 by Verlag Neues Leben Berlin (first published 1904)
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Paul Of Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Short, detailed and a shocker! One of my favorite sailing ship reads. Billy - foretopman on a British man-of-war at…moreBilly Budd by Herman Melville. Short, detailed and a shocker! One of my favorite sailing ship reads. Billy - foretopman on a British man-of-war at odds with Claggart the master-of arms. Captain Vere's resolve. Consequences.(less)
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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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.

heres 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sea Wolf, Jack London
The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Its first printing of forty thousand copies was immediately sold out before publication on the strength of London's previous The Call of the Wild....

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم
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 sweeping ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that life is a mess, [Captain Wolf Larson] answered promptly. It is like yeast, a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a minute, an hour, a year, or a hundred years, but that in the end will cease to move. The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat the weak that they may retain their strength. The lucky eat the most and move the longest, that is all
- Jack London, The Sea-Wolf

This is just like Moby Dick, if Moby Dick had been written by Hemingway. That
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.
Mar 11, 2016 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, ...more
"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.
Jay Schutt
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, classics
This terrific tale of the sea is character driven. Also, a study of human nature. Life, death, courage, hope for survival, immortality and love. A really good, but under-rated read.
Jack Londons take on Nietzschess 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 couldnt be more different.

The whole thing is embedded in an exciting adventure on high
Jul 05, 2007 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
Jan 02, 2014 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 ...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?
Jan 09, 2008 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 ...more
May 08, 2016 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.
Feb 09, 2010 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
Jun 03, 2013 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 ...more
Jan 05, 2011 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.
Jun 22, 2014 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
Jun 21, 2014 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
Tristram Shandy
What a Maudlin Brews That

I dont know whether Jack Londons 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
David Hines
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read one of my favorite books of youth and it still does not disappoint. The character of Wolf Larson, his intelligence but brutality, is one of the most memorable in literature, while Van Wyden's transformation from a weak gentleman to a strong and powerful man is as equally memorable. All set in a terrific sea-faring tale. The only detractants to this work are the ridiculous portrayal of the female as weak and helpless even as her actions in the book suggest real strength and the book's ...more
Andy Kahl
Jul 07, 2007 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 ...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Feb 17, 2016 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.
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J.M. Hushour
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tense and supremely satisfying morality play whose message is simple and twofold: don't be an asshole & apathy is for losers.
A pampered upper middle class waste-of-space, lost at sea after a boating accident, gets picked up by the "Ghost", a sealing schooner captained by one of the great, ruthless assholes of modern literature, Wolf Larsen. Larsen keeps the crybaby against his will and sets him up as cabin boy, nicknames him "Hump" and proceeds to torture and torment him into vitality.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In general, I enjoy nautical novels for their adventures and camaraderie. The Sea-Wolf brings things to whole new level of homo-eroticism and moral quandaries. Humphrey Van Weyden, a literary critic, is shipwrecked on his way to San Francisco. He is rescued by Captain Wolf Larsen, who refuses to bring him to shore, instead forcing him to join his crew, in order to make a man of Humphrey.

London has a lot of feelings about manliness, most of which are pretty objectionable to the 21st century
Nov 30, 2015 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 Readers 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 Shelleys Frankenstein. I wanted to get one more book, but I didnt know which one to get. Kipling, Verne, Austen, Dickens. So I asked the proprietor ...more
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 ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ocean
The Sea-Wolf is my mom's favorite book. My mom grew up in East Germany where it wasn't possible to buy a copy of this book. Her solution was to check it out from the library repeatedly and hand-copy the entire thing into a notebook so she could possess it herself. That's how much she loved this book. So I decided to read it and find out what's so great about it. All I can say is... I can see why someone would love The Sea-Wolf, especially as a teenager, but my god was it hilariously pulpy. Is ...more

Im with those who say that the book was great until the introduction of the only female character. Sometimes, convulsively masculine books can be quite readable until a woman joins the cast and makes the whole pathetic ugliness, artifice and fragility of the patriarchal narrative explode or implode. Here, it implodes. I would have liked Maud on her own, not as an appendix to the main character she is designed to show that he also can be oh so manly, by taking care of her, because she is a
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