Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

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The Sea Wolf is Jack London's powerful and gripping saga of Humphrey Van Weyden, captured by a seal-hunting ship and now an unwilling sailor under its dreaded captain, Wolf Larsen. The men who sailed with Larsen were treacherous outcasts, but the captain himself was the legendary Sea Wolf-a violent brute of a man.

Jack London was a worshipper of the strong and virtuous hero, and a firm believer in the inevitable triumph of good. The master storyteller nowhere demonstrates this theme more vividly than in this classic American tale of peril and adventure, good and evil.
ISBN: 9780553212259
Characteristics: 278 pages

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WOLUF
Feb 15, 2019

Jack London is my all-time favorite! I love all his works!

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Twiggzette
Feb 18, 2016

This is my first and last exposure to Jack London. I'm not sure why he has such a good reputation as a novelist. I read the first chapter and I was disappointed by his overly florid and sensationalist prose. This embellishment made the prose turgid and the plot difficult to follow. Maybe this is because it was serialized and published in Century Magazine, so it had to have mass appeal. I'm not sure why critics love him so much, except maybe that he was one of the better 19th Century US authors.

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sfpatron
Jan 03, 2016

excellent version available at Presidio teen section

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Elle_80
Oct 12, 2015

Great book. It will help to familiarize yourself with schooner parts, or have an image of it ready when reading the book. The picture of one will especially be useful towards the end of the book

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SeattleCentral
Oct 15, 2013

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. It has me on a new voyage of enjoying fiction for the first time in my over 50 years.

henrydeb Oct 03, 2013

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

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John_of_Milpitas
Sep 26, 2013

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"

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AfrikanCanadian
Apr 18, 2012

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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taupe_llama_12
Mar 03, 2015

taupe_llama_12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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