The Road

The Road

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by Jack London
     
 

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The Road is an autobiographical memoir by Jack London. He describes his experiences hopping freight trains, "holding down" a train when the crew is trying to throw him off, begging for food and money and making up extraordinary stories to fool the police.

In this entertaining collection of tales and autobiographical essays, London relates the days he spent on the

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The Road is an autobiographical memoir by Jack London. He describes his experiences hopping freight trains, "holding down" a train when the crew is trying to throw him off, begging for food and money and making up extraordinary stories to fool the police.

In this entertaining collection of tales and autobiographical essays, London relates the days he spent on the road. Each story details an aspect of the hobo's life -- from catching a train to cadging a meal. The wealth of experiences and the necessity of having to lie for a living brought depth London's subsequent stories. "There is a woman in the state of Nevada to whom I once lied continuously, consistently, and shamelessly, for the matter of a couple of hours. I don't want to apologize to her. Far be it from me. But I do want to explain. Unfortunately, I do not know her name, much less her present address. If her eyes should chance upon these lines, I hope she will write to me." - from "Confession"

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Library Journal
London hit the road long before Kerouac, hopping a train in 1894 at age 18 and traveling 10,000 miles as a hobo. He related his experiences in nine illustrated essays published in Cosmopolitan (not the one you're thinking of) between 1907 and 1908. This reprint is the inaugural volume in Rutgers's "Subterranean Lives" series, which will chronicle alternative looks at America. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605972541
Publisher:
Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.27(d)

Meet the Author

Jack London (January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916), was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild and other books. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a huge financial success from writing.

"Speakin' in general, I 'ave tried 'em all,The 'appy roads that take you o'er the world.Speakin' in general, I 'ave found them goodFor such as cannot use one bed too long,But must get 'ence, the same as I 'ave done,An' go observin' matters till they die."
-Sestina of the Tramp-Royal

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Road 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
shmuelman More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book about Jack London bumming it for a few years as a youth. No doubt that these experiences radicalized him for the rest of his life. However, it the book was quite brutal and explicit in descriptions of the violence and injustice he witnessed, and I did not finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this at my age.
KenBreckenridge More than 1 year ago
Humorous and entertaining accounts of Jack London's hobo-ing days. These stories are classics, and I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure.
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Walks in wearing armor that completely covers her body.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U r not the real gandalf from LOTR rp. Ask the real gandalf to join. (I know the real gandalf in rl) please dont be inappropriate and r u trying to join? *eyes starts to turn into fire and black mist rushes at u* <p> GOLLUM: hisses at you and pounces at u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hobbler result one.
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Lourdes Garcia More than 1 year ago
sucks more ass