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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,353 ratings  ·  358 reviews
El vagabundo de las estrellas es la ultima novela que escribio Jack London. Es una feroz critica de la tortura y de la pena de muerte, y una metafora del placer emancipador de la lectura. Convicto por asesinato en la carcel de San Quintin, Darrell Standing es sometido al castigo adicional de verse inmovilizado en una terrible camisa de fuerza. El tormento fisico le dara ac ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 1914)
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
THE STAR ROVER is just an amazing book, especially for its time. This is an incredible look into the mind of a prisoner and his visionary quests as he mentally escapes the brutality of his asylum. What a powerful story.
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Star Rover by Jack London - Uleash the Powers of Your Mind I’ve struggled with how to review this one. It’s getting five stars because I think it’s greater than the sum of its parts. The book description states that this is a collection of closely related short stories. Having read it, I think that’s either a mistake or a very sad attempt to water down, what I feel is a very thought provoking story. Jack London, for his day, was a great researcher and shrewd observer of the human condition. In f ...more
Robert
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Jack London's output never ceases to surprise me with its diversity. There's a lot more to him than stories about dogs and the Arctic. For example, the sailing adventure cum debate about evil, The Sea Wolf, autobiographically inspired story of a self-educated writer, Martin Eden, pro-Communist revolutionary tale, The Iron Heel, tongue-in-cheek philosophical action adventure,The Assassination Bureau, Ltd., and various science fiction shorts (many of them also pro-Communist) including ones with pr ...more
Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Star Rover is unknown compared to Londons other works but this is an amazing book. A straight jacketed prisoner is brutalized and basicly left in the dark in solitary confinement, wills himself to learn astral projection, and relives past lives from previous incarnations. Very unique book that is unlike anything else Jack London wrote. Although the theme of struggle, defiance, strength of spirit and willpower are one of the main themes in The Star Rover as in most of Londons other work, but ...more
Miquel Reina
I finished reading The Star Rover a few days ago, but I wanted to let the story rest in my head so I could write a better review.
I wanted to read something about Jack London for a long time ago, so when I read the synopsis of the Star Rover I didn't think it twice. The approach of the novel is tremendously original, especially considering that it was written at the beginning of the 20th century. But while I was reading and getting more and more into the story I realized that I couldn't totally c
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Jan
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite an extraordinary book has been recommended to me recently. The book’s name Star Rover, written by Jack London, may raise a feeling of doubt and uncertainty in readers, especially if they are interested in universe or stars, and in that case they should look for another read. Being slightly dubious, I gave it a try and was suffused with elation that I did not put it away.

Darell Standing, the protagonist, first tells the readers how he got to be in prison. The inmates are plotting a break ou
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Jim
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, The Star Rover is by no stretch of the imagination science fiction. Its hero, Darrell Standing is a prisoner at San Quentin. Because of lies told by a snitch, the prison warden erroneously believes that Standing knows where a hoard of dynamite is stored. Because Standing does not "cooperate," he is wrapped tight into a straight-jacket for days at a time.

Most of the book tells of Standing's previous lives, which he dreams of while in his straight-jacket. These range from Egypt, Kor
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Mila
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie, I went into this book without knowing the actual plot, I was simply intrigued by the title and a friend of mine was willing to let me borrow it. And it turned to be not at all what I had anticipated. It was mostly a very long prison story and I don't like them. There weren't a lot of actual adventures and even they were quite depressing and not exciting at all, in my opinion. So, I understand that it was partially my fault for not looking up the synopsis before reading the ...more
Ritchie
The main protagonist of "The Jacket" is Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison for murder.

Due to some low-level intrigue amongst prisoners, he is suspected of hiding dynamite and sent to solitary confinement. There he is put into the jacket, a canvas jacket which is tightly laced to compress the whole body and at first he experiences excruciating pain. However, another prisoner, Ed Morrell introduces him to a "trick" that would make his co
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Jonathan Roseland
It's often said that the best books are old books, having just finished the novel The Star Rover published in 1915, I'm a bit more convinced of this!
Jack London
Authors of ages past spoke frankly and with some damn common sense about things that get modern authors totally excluded from the literary mainstream for talking about. Something this beautifully written and compelling tale is a sensational example of.

The Premise
Is this very educated and sophisticated guy, Darrell Standing who is a prisoner on death
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Rita
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before finishing The Star Rover, my favorite Jack London story was The White Silence. I thought that while being short and simple, it was incredibly layered and had the core elements of what I love about Jack London's work. But now that ive finally read The Star Rover, I no longer think that the White Silence is the epitome of his writing. The Star Rover might be more deserving in it's place, and I think I understand why it is so well loved and admired by those who have read it.

The books begins
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Kat
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me just about forever to finish this short book -- not at all due to how I felt about it; it wasn't bad to my tastes. In my opinion, it was just so well written that it managed to effortlessly compact a LOT in less than 300 pages. I absolutely loved it in every story, every lesson, the writing style, even the conversations. It helped that there was so much to agree on.
Patrick
There is a lot to write about this book. Death seems like a petty thing for Darrell Standing who is about to be hanged for killing his professor. The mere thought of being confined in a solitary makes you wiser and closer to understanding what's the reality of your true self, it also makes you ponder the perplexing questions which people are afraid to answer. London narrates his previous selves traveling beyond his prison walls living thousands of lives, he is a vagabond that roves in the past a ...more
Joe Kelleher
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is really a series of short adventure stories. The narratives are tied together in the recollections of a death-row inmate who has learned to visit his many re-incarnations throughout history. London's take on the penal system, capital punishment, and religion are generously applied to the main story frame. When the book was written, these views were pretty radical, and this attitude of daring makes up for some of the excess in verbiage and plot.

There are people who will be annoyed b
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Marina (Sonnenbarke)
2.5 stars.

Yes, this book is a strong censure of death penalty and of the terrible conditions of the convicts in US prisons at the beginning of the 20th century. This is all very well, and I really liked how London managed to convey his condemnation of what happened in the prisons at the time, especially of the terrible strait-jacketing endured by many convicts. This is all horrible and London is great in this respect.

The concept of reincarnation is quite interesting, too. I liked the first few t
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David Stringer
The author Jack London I understand to be a classical American author from the late 19th century, who has previously written other famous fiction books that I am sorry to say in my ignorance have not heard of our come across before. Am I right in believing his work wasn't released or available over here in the UK? Or did I make that up? Anyway here we have, I also believe, to be his last book and one of his darker ones.

The story is about an unfortunate prison inmate, Standing, who is wrongly acc
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Shia Polux
The concept is really interesting and I'd sure love to read more of it... with a different main character.

Standing is a whiny petty idiot who can't see beyond his own nose. Yes, everything that happens to him is terrible, I know that intellectually. Had it been any other character, I'd feel terrible for them. But this one is just so utterly insufferable I can only think he deserves it.
Donald Kirch
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that Jack London could write such fascinating SCIENCE FICTION??!
Vojta
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book on power of human will. It took me a while to get in to the story, couldn’t stop afterwards.
Anton Suslik
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This surprise of a book might just be the best one I have read this year.
Telling the story through the eyes of a straight-jacketed Darrel Standing this book takes you on a journey through time and space. Its well writtne in the sense that the phylosophical parts, albeit necessary, were not much of a hindrance to read through. My takeaway from this book is that of the neverending endurance of the human spirit. Each past adventure of Darrel seems to have ended tragically by pursuing his goals, onl
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Donna
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book that is part biography, part paranormal fantasy, part historical fiction, and finally, part treatise against capital punishment and other punishments in the California penal system at the beginning of the twentieth century. This story was inspired by experiences of a friend of London's who was imprisoned in California during that time. London's friend, Ed Morrell, claimed that while placed in a strait jacket for long periods in solitary confinement, he was, in spirit, ...more
Lorraine
Darrell Standing is a former professor of agronomics, convicted of murder, and serving a life sentence in San Quentin Prison. He did commit the murder, but he did not conspire to escape, for which he is given five years in solitary confinement, much of the time bound in a strait jacket. After a time, Standing developed a way to separate his physical body from his consciousness and thus is able to do some time traveling and experience past lives. He describes his time travel personalities—a reinc ...more
Sam Flanagan
Jack London's the Star Rover is horrific yet hopeful, visceral yet profound. It is the story of Darrel Standing, a life-sentenced inmate in California's infamous San Quentin prison who, while serving extended bouts with the penal system's most torturous device, the straight jacket, attains the ability to transcend his body and relive the experiences of his past lives. He is a French nobleman in Renaissance Paris and a Roman soldier at the trial of Christ before Pilate. He is an Englishman who co ...more
rosamund
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read "The Sea-Wolf" and "Call of the Wild", I expected this novel to be another story of adventure and comradeship, but "The Star Rover" is much more experimental than those novels. At the opening, meet Darrell Standing, who has been imprisoned for murder and is waiting to be hanged. He undergoes excruciating torment by being regularly shut in a straight-jacket, sometimes for periods of ten days. London gives the reader an account of the inhumanity and torture in prisons, and as an indict ...more
Bryan Wood
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Star Rover was a great book, and such an imaginative premise for a book written 100 years ago. The book was based off Ed Morrell, (who is also a character in the story) who had spent years in prison, and later became friends with Jack London. While imprisoned and serving the death sentence, Darrell Standing serves most of his time in solitary confinement wrapped bone crushingly tight in a straitjacket. During these periods, Darrell learns a tapping language with other solitary inmates and es ...more
Christina
"ALL my life I have had an awareness of other times and places. I have been aware of other persons in me. Oh, and trust me, so have you, my reader that is to be. Read back into your childhood, and this sense of awareness I speak of will be remembered as an experience of your childhood. You were then not fixed, not crystallized. You were plastic, a soul in flux, a consciousness and an identity in the process of forming? ay, of forming and forgetting."

This must be one of my all time favorites. Thi
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GoodlyWitch
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack London’s last book written before he died, it’s well written and easy to get absorbed into the story. Based on interviews with an actual San Quentin inmate, it wavers in between reality and imagination. Each character is very believable, and London’s descriptions are perfect: not too detailed, but detailed enough to make every part seem more real than fantasy. I loved it.
Caitlin
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Probably my new favourite book. It was such a wonderful read.. can't wait to read it again!!
Infada Spain
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...more than amazing!
Heather
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
Racist in parts, testosterone-laden throughout, but a good story.
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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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