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The Son of the Wolf: Tales of the Far North

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Jack London gained his first and most lasting fame as the author of tales of the Klondike gold rush. This, his first collection of stories, draws on his experience in the Yukon. The stories tell of gambles won and lost, of endurance and sacrifice, and often turn on the qualities of exceptional women and on the relations between the white adventurers and the native tribes.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 28th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1900)
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
A collection of tales set in the Klondike during the 1800's. All of the stories are of a good length my favourite being the first in the collection. Tales of survival, greed, madness and a touch of romance played out against a backdrop of an unforgiving and harsh environment.
Particularly enjoyed the homage to the women pioneers who forged a place for themselves alongside their menfolk.

For a free ebook I can't complain about the formatting. Really can't recall any typos in this edition. Time well
George K.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πέμπτο βιβλίο του Τζακ Λόντον που διαβάζω, πρόκειται για μια συλλογή επτά διηγημάτων που έχουν να κάνουν με τον παγωμένο Βορρά. Βλέπουμε ανθρώπους που ταξιδεύουν για τον Βορρά (π.χ. Αλάσκα), κυνηγώντας την δόξα, το χρήμα και την περιπέτεια. Στις ιστορίες παρακολουθούμε τις ακραίες συνθήκες που συναντάνε στις περιοχές της Αλάσκας και πως αυτές αλλάζουν τον χαρακτήρα, τα πιστεύω και γενικά την ζωή τους. Ο ίδιος ο Τζακ Λόντον έζησε κάποια χρόνια σ'αυτά τα μέρη και έτσι ξέρει για τι πράγμα μιλάει. Ω ...more
Santanu Dutta
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A very nicely put collections of selected north stories. May not be the best, however there are a number of stories included that will definitely be put in the top Jack London short stories. His descriptions about the the relationship between people, the nature and the dogs are really put in a very lucid and attaching way.
To put some lines from the first story, "The White Silence" ...... "Nature has many tricks wherewith she convinces man for his finity, the ceaseless flow of the tides, the fur
B.T. Clifford
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a setting book, and it's what Jack writes best. The Son of the Wolf is a group of short stories illustrating life on the Klondike in the late 1800s. He uses tales of death, madness, survival, revenge, lust and love to give the reader a thrilling glimpse into the lives of his characters. The stories flow from one to another, with references to one event appearing in later tales. Jack uses a few prominent characters to tie the whole together and give the reader an anchor. Throughout the bo ...more
superb writing style, it's beautiful!!
Hayley Shaver
I really liked this collection of short stories by London. They are all about the Yukon and surrounding areas. If you like stories of immigration, true grit, and self actualization, this book is for you.
De lo primero de Jack London y bastante premonitorio de por donde irían los tiros: el individualista fatalista enfrentado a naturaleza y otros hombres en situaciones límite.
P.S. Winn
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack London is a great story teller and his tales that take readers to the far north of the Klondike are some of his best
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
Every single short story in this collection is a treasure. The White Silence and In a Far Country are definitely my favourites.
Jack London is not only a wonderful story teller, but he is a master at the art of slipping heavy themes and important questions into seemingly simple and straightforward stories.

Daniel Andreacci
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The Son of the Wolf (Jack London)

First off, the praise, Jack London's writing style is simply superb. He does so briefly, beautifully and perceptively.

"The sleds groaned by on their steel-shod runners, and the dogs strained low in the harnesses in which they were born to die. Jacques Baptiste paused by the side of Sloper to get a last glimpse of the cabin. The smoke curled up pathetically from the Yukon stovepipe. The two Incapables were watching them from the doorway." (pg. 79)

It's percepti
Santanu Dutta
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second read. Feeling the same goodness and attraction in this read like the first one a year back. This is a collection of Jack London's stories on far north during the 1900 s Klondike-Yukon gold rush. Most of the stories are rounded around the central character Melmute Kid and the team. The stories included in this:

The White Silence, The Son of the Wolf, The Men of Forty Mile, In a Far Country, To the Man on the Trail, The Priestly Prerogative, The Wisdom of the Trail, The Wife of a
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a compilation of short stories by Jack London. Set in the Klondike area, this stories are the result of London's experience in Alaska during its Gold Rush.
All of those stories deal with the hardships lived by the men in a environment, hellbent on breaking whoever took it slightly.
London presents with characters which have their own moral conduct forged in such a inhospitable land. Their way of thinking and acting differs from most of us "city-slickers" but its a reasonable choice in suc
Реализм зашкаливает. Кожа на руках лопается, мясо слезает с костей, обнажая кости. Гангрена в ненасытной жажде пожирает плоть, калеча людей. Такого Джека Лондона читатель видит в первый и последний раз. Писатель будет в последующих произведениях воспевать культ тевтонской расы, морализировать и ставить природу на колени перед смекалкой находчивых людей. Героев не испугает пятидесятиградусный мороз, они зажуют цингу картофелем и справятся с любыми трудностями. Пока же они загоняют до смерти собак ...more
Jim Misko
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack London uses a bunch of words we don't use in writing anymore and some I don't understand but he can grab you by the lapels and make you read on until the tale is finished.

The cover says this is the book that made Jack London famous and it may well have. It contains nine riveting stories of what happens to men and women in the far North when gold is to be had. All the good stuff; love, freezing, hunger, giants of men, the harshness of the trail, good dogs and bad dogs and people who used th
Voldemar Lemberg
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
As much as I love London's other works, I'm sad to admit that I'm a little disappointed with this collection.
I'm not really sure what exactly gone wrong. Maybe the problem for me was that I was expecting too much after reading his other, more famous novels, but both the style and the overall feel fell kind of flat on me.
I liked the theme of the stories, and I really enjoyed the characters traveling from one tale to another, but overall the tone and pace of the book just didn't have the right fee
Sara Cabrol
Interesting book

Collection of tales of the men living in the northlands. Some touching, some strange. Some heartwarming, some disturbing. All very short; few stories last more than 1-2 chapters, some characters appear in several of the stories. Somewhat enjoyable, though I personally enjoy London's books about animal characters more as they are without human deceitfulness. Just my $0.02.
Daron Sheehan
Some wonderful tales which take you into the heart of the Yukon, very evocative, raw nature, raw passions - all beautifully captured in London's unique language and style. I found a couple of mistakes in the translation where the translator had misunderstood the original, hence three stars rather than four.
London, Jack
The Unabridged Jack London

In compilation only.

1) The White Silence
2) The Son of the Wolf
3) The Men of Forty Mile
4) In a Far Country
5) To the Men on Trail
6) The Priestly Prerogative
7) The Wisdom of the Trail
8) The Wife of a King
9) An Odyssey of the North
Nilanjan Paul
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Terrific storytelling. The immortal writer writer of The White Fang & Call of the Wild does it again. However, a few stories were not as simple and lucid. Overall, enjoyed the ride. Good, not outstanding as per my reading requirements.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I've read:
1) In a Far Country
2) The Men of Forty Mile
3) An Odyssey of the North
4) The Priestly Prerogative
5) The Son of the Wolf
6) To the Man on the Trail
7) The White Silence
8) The Wife of a King
9) The Wisdom of the Trail
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Loved the "Aloha Oe" Tale. Amazing and kind of current, like it was a present story.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Chris Turek
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
A bit muddled unfortunately. Once you stray away from Call of the Wild and To Build a Fire the results become hit or miss.
pedro andrade
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book with a very sensitive and touching ending. One dives to late 19th century build of north America in particular to it's human dimension
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good short stories from Jack London's first collection. Haunting and harrowing. Quite interesting to see his style in early forms before his classic books, The Call of the Wild and White Fang!
Georgi Nikolaev
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Най-хубавото нещо при Джак Лондон е стилът му. Историите не са нещо особено, но са описани много добре.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay stuff. Two of London's recurring characters Malemute Kid & Sitka Charlie make numerous appearances.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
No one captures the essence of the far north better than London. Great book although Call of the Wild is his masterpiece.
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A pleasant read. Reminded me of Karl May's books set in that wild territories. I recommend it to those who want to take a break from too much sci-fi/fantasy.
Filipe Taveira
rated it really liked it
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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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