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A Valley of the Moon
     

A Valley of the Moon

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by Jack London
 

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Saxon Brown, a young girl who works in a laundry at Oakland, Cal., falls in love with Billy Roberts, a teamster and ex-prizefighter, who is also attempting to maintain himself in the industrial society of the town. Not long after their marriage, the teamsters' union goes on strike, and Billy, an ardent advocate of the strike, becomes poverty-stricken. Saxon's baby is

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Saxon Brown, a young girl who works in a laundry at Oakland, Cal., falls in love with Billy Roberts, a teamster and ex-prizefighter, who is also attempting to maintain himself in the industrial society of the town. Not long after their marriage, the teamsters' union goes on strike, and Billy, an ardent advocate of the strike, becomes poverty-stricken. Saxon's baby is born dead when she witnesses a horrible fight between police and strikers, in which Billy's best friend is killed. Brutalized by his ensuing economic struggle, Billy is jailed for assault. Upon his release, he and Saxon leave the town and the unsuccessful strike, determining to find a homestead. At Carmel they are befriended by various bohemians, on whose advice they go to the “Valley of the Moon,” in Sonoma County, where they find peace and economic stability, and await the birth of another child.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148441229
Publisher:
Romeo Publications
Publication date:
07/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
705 KB

Meet the Author

Jack London (1876-1916), was an American author and a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction. He was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career exclusively from writing. London was self-educated. He taught himself in the public library, mainly just by reading books. In 1898, he began struggling seriously to break into print, a struggle memorably described in his novel, Martin Eden (1909). Jack London was fortunate in the timing of his writing career. He started just as new printing technologies enabled lower-cost production of magazines. This resulted in a boom in popular magazines aimed at a wide public, and a strong market for short fiction. In 1900, he made $2,500 in writing, the equivalent of about $75,000 today. His career was well under way. Among his famous works are: Children of the Frost (1902), The Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea Wolf (1904), The Game (1905), White Fang (1906), The Road (1907), Before Adam (1907), Adventure (1911), and The Scarlet Plague (1912).

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The Valley of the Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SuperCoolFacebookReaders More than 1 year ago
The Valley of the Moon (VM) is a book considered to be dated and unimportant to today's readers by some critics, which is why its physical availability is limited but it is being given a second chance at redemption thanks to the e-reader wars of the current digital age. VM is a multi-layered adventure story about a working class couple in love, who finds strength in their union and dare to make a better life for themselves in the rural areas of California. The main characters Saxon and Billy are working class and use dialect and language that are very plebeian but necessary to create realism in VM. VM is a book full of strong characters that will entertain you with escapades and have you discussing its meaning with friends. VM is a book that should not be forgotten that was written by one of the greatest authors of American adventure, Jack London. (The review above is the abbreviated version of the Valley of the Moon from the Super Cool Facebook Readers Club, written by the Administrator of the group on 5/10/2011)
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful