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The Valley of the Moon by Jack London
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it was ok
bookshelves: fiction

I'm a Jack London fan, but the xenophobia, the racism, and especially the male chauvinism in this novel is hard to stomach. I'm a stubborn reader, however, and saw it to its end. I wonder if the main character, Billy, has attitudes much like London himself. Billy treats his wife like a gold brick, and both he and she think her sole purpose in life is to stand by him, be beautiful for him, put up with all his horrible actions, and admire him in spite of it all.

I picked this novel up for research because I'm writing a novel partially set in Oakland during the 1910s. It did give me a good idea of early city life, the struggle to make a living in these times, and the terrible violence of the strikes union workers staged in their quest for fair pay.
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Reading Progress

February 1, 2020 – Started Reading
February 10, 2020 – Finished Reading
February 13, 2020 – Shelved
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: fiction

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