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Title:
Best of Jack London short stories
Author:
London, Jack, 1876-1916.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Deluxe edition.
Publication Information:
Renton, WA : Topics Entertainment, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (approximately 9 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
To build a fire -- Chinago -- Told in the drooling ward ; Leopard man's story -- Piece of steak -- That spot ; Man with the gash -- Amateur night -- Under the deck awnings ; To kill a man -- Too much gold -- Winged blackmail ; Created He them -- When the world was young -- Unexpected -- House of pride -- White silence ; Wicked woman -- Shadow and the flash -- War ; Which make men remember -- In a far country.
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ISBN:
9781591500247
UPC:
781735400715
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Summary

Summary

Jack London is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's greatest outdoor adventure writers of all time. With a total of 22 short stories, and a cast of different readers for each story, this collection compiles the best from Jack London's repertoire. Compilation includes To Build a Fire and The Call of the Wild.


Author Notes

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences.

London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction.

After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew.

London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

The idea behind this collection is an intriguing one: 11 different readers (including Lee Atherton, Martha Austen, and Simon Walker) narrate 22 different London stories. Unfortunately, its execution leaves much to be desired. The selection of tales is fine, and their titles are labeled on individual cassettes, which is unusual; however, the readings themselves are, at best, a mixed lot. Several speakers are okay, but most come across sounding little better than enthusiastic amateurs. Anyone listening to London's incredibly intense "To Build a Fire" shouldn't fall asleep faster than the story's slowly freezing protagonist. Powerful stuff, London's works need powerful readers such as Recorded Books' Frank Muller. Not recommended. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.