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The Sea-wolf

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The Sea-wolf
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A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, The Sea-Wolf is a standard-bearer of its genre. It is the vivid story of a gentleman scholar, Humphrey Van Weyden, who is rescued by a seal-hunting schooner after a ferryboat accident in San Francisco Bay. London uses Van Weyden's ordeal at the hands of a schooner's devious crew to explore powerful themes of ambition, courage, and the innate will to survive. The Sea-Wolf also introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way. As Gary Kinder states in his Introduction, "Wolf Larsen is one of the most carefully carved characters in American literature....London, himself, seems as fascinated as the reader with his own creation."
A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, The Sea-Wolf is a standard-bearer of its genre. It is the vivid story of a gentleman scholar, Humphrey Van Weyden, who is rescued by a seal-hunting schooner after a ferryboat accident in San Francisco Bay. London uses Van Weyden's ordeal at the hands of a schooner's devious crew to explore powerful themes of ambition, courage, and the innate will to survive. The Sea-Wolf also introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way. As Gary Kinder states in his Introduction, 'Wolf Larsen is one of the most carefully carved characters in American literature....London, himself, seems as fascinated as the reader with his own creation.'

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A young art critic is forced to endure the wrath of Wolf Larsen, captain of the sealing-schooner that rescues him after a shipwreck.

Authors: London, Jack, 1876-1916
Statement of Responsibility: Jack London ; with an introduction by Gary Kinder ; notes by Christopher Gair
Title: The sea-wolf
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000
Characteristics: xv, 294 p. ; 21 cm.
LCCN: 00040111
ISBN: 0679783377
Branch Call Number: FIC L
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Jun 04, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I shall never forget, in that moment, how instantly conscious I became of my manhood. The primitive deeps of my nature stirred."
Along with "White Fang" and &The Call of the Wild,"this is London's best-known and most read novel. The story of a Nietzschean far beyond driven sea captain (he has a little bit of Captain Ahab in him) and the naive, inexperienced man who ends up in his brutal crew, "The Sea-Wolf" is maybe the best example of London's fusion of the adventure story with philosophical musings on (Nietzsche, Darwin, Milton and Schopenhauer are all mentioned) the nature of man, as well as proto-Hemingway masculine men doing masculine things tale. It's entertaining, if a bit clumsily written. Filmed several times.

Wolf Larsen is the leanest, meanest sea captain to sail the seven seas. But his brother is called Death and he won't rest until he finds him.

I never chose a sea story for entertainment until I decided to become acquainted with Jack London's literature. I noticed Sea Wolf on the shelf and took it home. I could not put the book down until completed. I was not a fiction fan until Sea Wolf. That story has me on a new voyage of enjoying fiction for the first time in my over 50 years.

Written in older speaking style, fascinating story of hardship suffered by kidnapped academic. Spent months on a sealing boat.

Haven't read the book, but watched the movie many years ago starring Edward G. Robinson. Was really good, wish the library had a copy.
"It is far better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven." Milton, "Paradise Lost"

Apr 18, 2012
  • AfrikanCanadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wolf Larsen is an intensely interesting character! The novel is a study of the mind and body, and what it means to be human and what it means to be moral, so be prepared to do a good deal of thinking! Overall, it is a very satisfying read.

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