Sea-Wolf

Sea-Wolf

eBook - 2013
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Jack London's thrilling narrative of the seven seas remains just as gripping today as it was 100 years agoA classic tale of adventure at sea, this is the story of the näive young Humphrey van Weyden, whose ship is wrecked in a terrible storm. He is rescued by the mysterious Captain Wolf Larsen of the ship Ghost. Humphrey's new life aboard Ghost will test him to the limits of his endurance but also bring him the greatest happiness he has ever known. Captain Wolf Larsen is a powerful, brutal man with a razor sharp intelligence. When there is an attempted mutiny on board he shows no mercy to the would-be mutineers, and when his brother Death Larsen attempts to take over the Ghost by force, there is no love lost between them in their vicious battle. Wolf's cruel manner is thrown into sharp relief by the gentle spirit of the beautiful poetess also rescued, Maud Brewster, who charms both Wolf and Humphrey. As Humphrey falls in love with Maud, he must contend not only with the dangers of being at sea but with competition from his cruel and scheming captain. This dramatic tale of mutiny and shipwreck is at its heart the story of a love that flourishes in the unlikeliest of places.--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Hesperus Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781780942001
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (320 pages)

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Twiggzette
Feb 18, 2016

This is my first and last exposure to Jack London. I'm not sure why he has such a good reputation as a novelist. I read the first chapter and I was disappointed by his overly florid and sensationalist prose. This embellishment made the prose turgid and the plot difficult to follow. Maybe this is because it was serialized and published in Century Magazine, so it had to have mass appeal. I'm not sure why critics love him so much, except maybe that he was one of the better 19th Century US authors.

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sfpatron
Jan 03, 2016

excellent version available at Presidio teen section

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Elle_80
Oct 12, 2015

Great book. It will help to familiarize yourself with schooner parts, or have an image of it ready when reading the book. The picture of one will especially be useful towards the end of the book

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lukasevansherman
Jun 03, 2014

"I shall never forget, in that moment, how instantly conscious I became of my manhood. The primitive deeps of my nature stirred."
Along with "White Fang" and &The Call of the Wild,"this is London's best-known and most read novel. The story of a Nietzschean far beyond driven sea captain (he has a little bit of Captain Ahab in him) and the naive, inexperienced man who ends up in his brutal crew, "The Sea-Wolf" is maybe the best example of London's fusion of the adventure story with philosophical musings on (Nietzsche, Darwin, Milton and Schopenhauer are all mentioned) the nature of man, as well as proto-Hemingway masculine men doing masculine things tale. It's entertaining, if a bit clumsily written. Filmed several times.

multcolib_susannel May 28, 2014

Wolf Larsen is the leanest, meanest sea captain to sail the seven seas. But his brother is called Death and he won't rest until he finds him.

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SeattleCentral
Oct 15, 2013

I never chose a sea story for entertainment until I decided to become acquainted with Jack London's literature. I noticed Sea Wolf on the shelf and took it home. I could not put the book down until completed. I was not a fiction fan until Sea Wolf. It has me on a new voyage of enjoying fiction for the first time in my over 50 years.

henrydeb Oct 03, 2013

Written in older speaking style, fascinating story of hardship suffered by kidnapped academic. Spent months on a sealing boat.

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John_of_Milpitas
Sep 26, 2013

Haven't read the book, but watched the movie many years ago starring Edward G. Robinson. Was really good, wish the library had a copy.
"It is far better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven." Milton, "Paradise Lost"

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