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The Sea Wolf

Jack London

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The Sea-Wolf is a novel written by American author Jack London. An immediate bestseller, the first printing of forty thousand copies was sold out before publication. Of it, Ambrose Bierce wrote “The great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen… the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Don’t you see?  And what have you to say?”

“That you are at least consistent,” was all I could say, and I went on washing the dishes.

CHAPTER VII

At last, after three days of variable winds, we have caught the north-east trades.  I came on deck, after a good night’s rest in spite of my poor knee, to find the Ghost foaming along, wing-and-wing, and every sail drawing except the jibs, with a fresh breeze astern.  Oh, the wonder of the great trade-wind!  All day we sailed, and all night, and the next day, and the next, day after day, the wind always astern and blowing steadily and strong.  The schooner sailed herself.  There was no pulling and hauling on sheets and tackles, no shifting of topsails, no work at all for the sailors to do except to steer.  At night when the sun went down, the sheets were slackened; in the morning, when they yielded up the damp of the dew and relaxed, they were pulled tight again. . . Read More

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I've read quite a few of London's books although it was years ago for most. I've reread a few, but somehow never got to this one. I'm glad I remedied that. Wolf Larsen & Hump are certainly two of the most vivid & interesting characters I've had the pleasure to encounter. The story was all...more

Millionaire Humphrey van Weyden, a bookish gentleman, (who reads anymore) was coming back , from visiting a close friend in the East Bay shore. Crossing the waters to San Francisco , again, his ferry boat collides in the thick fog, with a steamer. Quickly sinking her, the dilettante, can't swim,...more

"We were talking about this yesterday," he said. "I held that life was a ferment, a yeasty something which devoured life that it might live, and that living was merely successful piggishness. Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so...more

The Sea Wolf, Jack London
The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea c...more

“‘I believe that life is a mess,’ [Captain Wolf Larson] answered promptly. ‘It is like yeast, a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a minute, an hour, a year, or a hundred years, but that in the end will cease to move. The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat...more

گرگ دریا رمانی از جک لندن نویسنده آمریکایی است. این رمان در سال ۱۹۰۴ منتشر شد و به سرعت با استقبال خوانندگان روبرو گشت.

جک لندن در این رمان داستان «هامفری وان ویدن»، روشنفکری را بیان میکند که در اثر غرق کشتی اسیر گروهی ملوان خشن به سرپرستی شخصی بنام «ولف لارسن» میشود که او را با کشتی خود به دریاها...more

This classic adventure on the high seas, made into a miniseries in 2009 in the city of Halifax where I live (finally some great films being made around here!), this book is full of terror, confusion and mayhem as a man fights for survival with a ruthless sailboat captain and his unruly crew, but...more

Jack London’s take on Nietzsches’s dubious concept of the Übermensch.

In the confined space of a seal-hunting schooner in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the most captivating antagonist ever, captain Wolf Larson, highly intelligent with superhuman physical strength, have it out with the somewhat s...more

“Do you know the only value life has is what life puts upon itself? And it is of course overestimated, for it is of necessity prejudiced in its own favour. Take that man I had aloft. He held on as if he were a precious thing, a treasure beyond diamonds of rubies. To you? No. To me? Not at all. To...more

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