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The Sea Wolf by Jack London
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Oct 04, 2011

it was amazing

The Sea Wolf is the story of an American gentleman who gets involved in an unfortunate boating accident and winds up being lost in the bitterly cold waters of the San Francisco bay. He ends up being spotted by a sealing schooner and gets his life saved. However, his luck runs short when it turns out the schooner that picked him up is run by a notoriously brutal sea captain by the name of Wolf Larsen. Larsen then forces the main character, Humphrey Van Weyden, to become a member of the boats crew. The rest of the story documents Humphrey's horrifying experiences on the schooner as it makes its journey across the brutal seas to Japan for seal hunting season.

This particular novel by Jack London, while at times is over the top brutal and a bit tacky, is easily one of my favorites novels. Wolf Larsen's cruelty makes the story worth reading, what's particulary fascinating about Larsen's cruelty is he is able to explain the reasoning behind it. Being a self-read man has also allowed Larsen to decide his own purpose without any influence from others, which in turn has allowed him to come up with some pretty wild out looks on life. I highly recommend reading this book solely because of Larsen's character; on top of being wildly fascinating he is also a total badass. However, while the majority of the story is really great, the ending stinks. The story goes from a cruel, bloodbath to a mind-dulling, cliche love story. But other than that, I advise all of you to read this book.
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