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The Sea Wolf by Jack London
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May 08, 2012

really liked it

Just finished The Sea Wolf and found it a provocative read. I have always like Jack London, but he surpassed himself in this one. It tells of a man 'rescued' from a sinking ferry in the San Francisco Bay, then 'kidnapped' to work on a sealing vessel, the Ghost. It is captained by Wolf Larsen, the meanest son of a gun on the high seas. He is intelligent and well read. He longs for a like mind to discuss what he's read and philosophize on it.

At first, this turned me off. I loved Frank Herbert's Dune, and read his others, but they morphed into volumes of philosophizing. I thought The Sea Wolf would be the same, but it was not. It became a wonderful story. The plot did not dissolve with the philosophizing but kept itself alive and grew into a life and death struggle, not only between man and nature, but between Wolf Larsen and Humphrey Van Weyden (our hero).

A good read.

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