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The Sea-wolf

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sea-wolf
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Publisher: New York, Heritage Press [1962, c1961]
Characteristics: 354 p. illus. 27 cm.

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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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