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The Sea Wolf: (Jack London Classic Collection)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a

This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a ferry steamer called the Martinez. Humphrey is a literature critic who depends on his father for income, and is weak and frail. The Martinez eventually ends up in a collision with another ship. Humphrey is ...
This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a ferry steamer called the Martinez. Humphrey is a literature critic who depends on his father for income, and is weak and frail. The Martinez eventually ends up in a collision with another ship. Humphrey is then rescued by seal-schooner called the Ghost ruled by the brutish yet intelligent Wolf Larsen and his cruel men. From here he must use his wits, gain strength, and courage to survive in his harsh new environment filled with madness.

I could practically read the philosophy of Naturalism in every line of the story. The characters acts, thoughts, and personality only added more emphasis to this philosophy. For example some characters can have a caring nature, while others can have a more empathetic one. Humphrey also constantly describes the horrible conditions of his new environment and how he learns from it, which gives another great example to this theme. With this piece of classic American Literature, London also heavily highlights the need of self-reliance. He does this with his character Humphrey. Stuck on a boat with no one to support him, there would be no one else to trust but himself. London shows through Humphrey ways that self-reliance is an advantage that individuals can use as a benefit, then as a burden.

I loved the way Jack London describes every event in perfect detail. His word choice and imagery could practically play a little movie or paint a vivid picture in my head. The pace of the book was very interesting too. It sped up right from the beginning and maintained its pace until the story was finished. Many of the characters could be likable depending on the person. I personally favored Humphrey because his ideals are similar to mines. Though Wolf Larsen is the antagonist of this story I could not hate him because of the pain of loneliness he feels. Many of the other characters I felt were average and were only used to make the story dramatic, which they succeed in doing. The main thing that disturbed me in this book though, was the precise detail of blood, gore, and crimes committed on the ship. Other than that little topic, I found this book very exciting, and adventurous.

This book was very enjoyable to read, and was hard to put down. This characteristic can be shared in London’s many genius pieces of literature such as, Call of the Wild (one of my personal favorites), White Fang, and A Daughter of the Snows. If anyone is thirsting for a good sea adventure, then the Sea Wolf is the perfect choice.

posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i lo

it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i love most of his work. he is such a grest writer. but i was little let down by this one. great character in Wolf Larson. but no great character to match him. the hero's i ended up booing. no great chemistry ...
it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i love most of his work. he is such a grest writer. but i was little let down by this one. great character in Wolf Larson. but no great character to match him. the hero's i ended up booing. no great chemistry was there between the hero and heroine. they were very naieve i felt and you would think after all Wolf put them through they would be a little more hardened or wiser for it but no just a couple of crazy intellectual kids in love in the middle of the north pacific. they were really good even great moments in the book - but they were very few and far between. recommend? yes. more than once? no.

posted by BellGuginofan1 on July 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Really good book.

    Good book. Interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Any Rand must have loved Wolf Larsen. I found myself attracted t

    Any Rand must have loved Wolf Larsen. I found myself attracted to him, but, in the end...no, Dick Cheney personified. Humphrey Van Weydon is the true hero.
    This book causes us to question our beliefs. Hopefully, if you're not too dogmatic, you'll side with Van Weyden....be an arbiter of peace and love, rather than animalistic carnivorism.
    Beautifully written...a classic that should be revisited.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Shimmer

    Is locked out. As well as Daylight.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Teddy to Lumi

    That makes two of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Demon2

    Darkeh your scaring me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Teddy

    Wow. I have family in Texas. But i dont like him and the other woman he married. I never talk to my father. Anywho! Im bored. Ooooooohhh!!!!! Plat! Do you want to play Truth or Dare?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Teddy

    Horray!!!!!!!!

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    Posted April 1, 2015

    Demon

    Xd you guys names remind me of poptartsxD) laughs

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    Posted April 1, 2015

    Demon2

    Ohhh yeah i forgt its april fools day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Owl-Swuft

    '>3>'

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    Posted March 31, 2015

    Owl2

    Give me a question from it and also what graee level?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Owl

    Yeah. Where can i find your bio?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Owl2

    Good night everyone. Love you all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    TO ALL

    HIGHSCHOOL RP AT 'cool kids' res 2&6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Alum to Redd

    Wo.just WO

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    Posted March 31, 2015

    Killerwhisp

    Can i join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    JOJO IS LOCKED OUT

    From the Nook helper

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    Posted March 31, 2015

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    Posted March 31, 2015

    Scarlette

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