The Sea Wolf (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

The Sea Wolf (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Jack London
     
 

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Abduction at sea, a domineering captain, a mutinous crew, and a daring escape make Jack London’s The Sea Wolf thrilling seafaring literature.  In the novel, Humphrey Van Weyden, the cultured but frail literary critic, is kidnapped and pressed

Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Abduction at sea, a domineering captain, a mutinous crew, and a daring escape make Jack London’s The Sea Wolf thrilling seafaring literature.  In the novel, Humphrey Van Weyden, the cultured but frail literary critic, is kidnapped and pressed into service aboard the seal-hunting schooner Ghost.  At the helm is Wolf Larsen, a brutal, overpowering leader whose ferocity compels obedience. 

 

London’s gripping narrative simultaneously entertains and forces analysis of the complex interaction between individuals under stress.  Through the combination of philosophical inquiry and high-tension adventure, The Sea Wolf provides a valuable link to an earlier time in American history, and offers a way to reflect on the nature of individualism that is strikingly resonant today. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411466746
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
868,580
File size:
439 KB

Meet the Author


Looking for adventure, Jack London joined the crew of a seal-hunting ship in 1892, which provided material for The Sea Wolf.  After a brief period as a student, London again sought exploit, traveling to Alaska to join the gold rush. He returned impoverished, but with a surplus of creative material.  He went on to write the best seller The Call of the Wild in 1903. 

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The Sea Wolf 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 132 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.
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Paddded into the clearing "Whats this about?"
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Steeil More than 1 year ago
Steeil to All of BloodClan! I am getting a new NOOK at my birthday, a glowlight, hopefully. Someone tell AshClan that Stormflower will becoming back at Blazing Fire res 1. I miss you all dearly, Redd, Paladyn, Paradox, my kits, and Maelstrom. Also many others. I can watch you post! Just not reply. I only get one post per book. I love you all! ~ Steeil, Co. Leader of BloodClan
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Turned to run out
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry Para. She's still a bit sick right now. Feel free to guess again though :) Plus, does Randi have a story written? If so, l demand to know where it is right now.
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