The Sea Wolf [NOOK Book]

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The Sea-Wolf is a 1906 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London about a literary critic, survivor of an ocean collision who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Its first printing of forty thousand copies were immediately sold out before publication on the strength of London's previous The Call of the Wild. Ambrose Bierce wrote, "The great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen... the ...
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The Sea Wolf

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Overview

The Sea-Wolf is a 1906 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London about a literary critic, survivor of an ocean collision who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Its first printing of forty thousand copies were immediately sold out before publication on the strength of London's previous The Call of the Wild. Ambrose Bierce wrote, "The great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen... the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime... The love element, with its absurd suppressions, and impossible proprieties, is awful."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012447999
  • Publisher: Cresset Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 386 KB

Meet the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)[2][3][4][5] was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.[6] He is best remembered as the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild, set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life".[citation needed] He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.

London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    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 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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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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 August 27, 2012

    Good book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Awesome Storyline!

    I have read the book several times through the years. This format being free had numerous typos- but I dealt with it. Still a great story!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Jaggedclaw2

    This place has a lot of linked books. That's why I chose it. <p> I tought my two yr old sis to chase someone around trying to lick them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Sea Wolf Revenge-BloodClan ooc

    I trained my grandmother's dog to attack (or lick)someone's face XD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    JAGGEDCLAW TO ALL BEFORE U POST

    Look at the amount of ratings!!! xD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Vivia

    White fang

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Am going....

    Am going somwhere tommorow, & need good books( MUST be free) ! Got any cool ideas? Answer to KoolKatz! :)

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Awesome

    Awesome

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    Posted July 2, 2013

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    Posted February 10, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Umm

    No matter wut book i go to there is always something to do with warrior cats it gets annoying too

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Great writing, but ebook format slightly flawed

    Like many readers, I was introduced to Highsmith's Ripley character via the 1999 movie (Damon as Ripley, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood). As often the case, the movie takes some liberties, so the book is definitely worth reading as an "alternate" version. In both versions, Ripley is an opportunist and more than a bit of a sociopath, someone who feels entitled to the good life he sees others enjoying, no matter what. The book version can seem homophobic by today's standards, but in this regard I think Highsmith's characterization is more about the deformation brought about by the "closet" than disapproval of non-heterosexuality per se. (Highsmith was apparently bisexual herself as well as a long time expat in Europe; might Ripley may be a bit of an alienated self-portrait?) The story is all the more remarkable for still engaging the reader on Ripley's behalf - it's remarkable how one wants the story to go on, for Ripley to get away with it all, even knowing that he's quite capable of more.

    = = =
    My quibble with the ebook version -- at least the one available via Nook -- is that the publishing process appears to have been flummoxed by diacritical marks, most annoyingly the e-accent-acute in "cafe", which is rendered "cafA(with a tilde!)(c)(the copyright symbol)". Since Tom likes to spend time at cafes congratulating himself on living the good life in Europe, this pops up frequently in the book. Given that the mistake has a diacritical mark of its own, I wonder if this is an easy one to fix by substituting one ASCII character set for another or some such maneuver. Other errors are harder to understand, e.g. "He wrote finally: Fm giving up the idea of an apartment" or "unless something concrete comes tout of it" or "bent close to them, apparently studying their tides" (should be "titles"). These seem to point to slight carelessness in an otherwise largely successful OCR process. All in all, Cresset Press and/or Barnes&Noble should take just a bit more care in proofing these publications before selling them; just a skim of the book or asking oneself "I wonder what it did with 'cafe'?" would have revealed some of these errors. I hope that a corrected version will be provided soon, and that versions purchased earlier will be updated free of charge.

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    One other thing: the synopsis in the Overview here is *way* too detailed; talk about spoilers.

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    OK, now my review has been moved to an entirely different book, "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London. I was advised re a different problem to reinstall nook for PC; either that or my complaint resulted in an unwanted substitution of the London book for the Highsmith one on one of the PCs I use. This is turning into a clown show.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    there are some typos but you can make out the words worth the time to download or the money if you purchase it.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Good Book

    Dealt with typos since book was free.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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