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The Valley Of The Moon
     

The Valley Of The Moon

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by Jack London
 

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A road novel fifty years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through Central and Northern California in search of land they can farm indepently—a journey that echoes Jack London's own escape from urban poverty. As London lost hope in the prospects of the

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A road novel fifty years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through Central and Northern California in search of land they can farm indepently—a journey that echoes Jack London's own escape from urban poverty. As London lost hope in the prospects of the socialist party and organized labor, he began researching a scientific and environmentally sound approach to farming. In his novel, it is Saxon, London's most fully realized heroine, who embodies these concerns. The Valley of the Moon is London's paean to his second wife Charmian and to the pastoral life and his ranch in Glen Ellen, the Valley of the Moon.

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Library Journal
Far away from his snowy Yukon adventures, London set this 1913 novel in the warmth of California's green hills. It follows Billy and Saxon Roberts, who, after becoming disillusioned with labor difficulties, strike out on the road north to find a place where they can live close to the land. This edition sports a new foreword by California State Librarian Kevin Starr. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421832784
Publisher:
1st World Library
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (1876 - 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone, including science fiction. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both 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". 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. --Wikipedia

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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