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The Sea Wolf
     

The Sea Wolf

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by Jack London
 

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From the author of The Call of the Wild, this is the compelling novel of the long and perilous sea voyage of Wolf Larsen, the fascinating and repelling captain of the ship Ghost, and his reluctant crewman Humphrey Van Weyden. Jack London (1876-1916) is best known for The Call of the Wild, which brought him worldwide popularity. The Sea-Wolf was

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The Sea Wolf 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Interesting.
Davidinwonderland More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy love all of Jack Londons books, and this one is good too, but it is hard because my favorite character is the Wolf. Hummphery Van weidein was not good enough of a guy for the whole setting.
BellGuginofan1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I am in the quest as well so were to first
Anonymous 10 months ago
*appears on Fen's shoulder* "I'm ready to sail!"
Anonymous 10 months ago
She gets on the ship"This will be fun!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the horse herd?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creeps silently through shadows. Pulls mask up to top of the bridge of nose. Take out shuriken. Aims and flicks wrist throwing it at Mace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS REALLY ANNOYING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks around he was wearing a black cloak not reviling him self
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rey walked in slowly, gun holstered at the side of her body. Lettibg out a soft sigh, she made her way to a chair before sitting in it, letting her thoughts drift eveywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello. *he bows* I am Ked-Drithian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i hope you all have fun and avoid the darkside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to erin hunter and join a better rp!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pure black horse troted in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He trotted in beside freya, his sister. "Me too."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new palmino enters the field "whats all the commotion about" She asks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What makes this result any different?" Rose asked curiously.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silently pads in trying not to be noticed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paddded into the clearing "Whats this about?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi....ijoined the dotty family!see ya chatting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the dotty family...hi