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Burning Daylight

Jack London

Book Overview: 

Burning Daylight, Jack London's fictional novel was one of the best selling books of that year and it was his best selling book in his lifetime. The novel takes place in the Yukon Territory in 1893. The main character, nicknamed Burning Daylight was the most successful entrepreneur of the Alaskan Gold Rush. The story of the main character was partially based upon the life of Oakland entrepreneur "Borax" Smith. (Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d in it coarse gold, testpans running as high as six and eight dollars. Unfortunately, this streak of gravel was not more than an inch thick. Beneath it was more muck, tangled with the trunks of ancient trees and containing fossil bones of forgotten monsters. But gold they had found—coarse gold; and what more likely than that the big deposit would be found on bed-rock? Down to bed-rock they would go, if it were forty feet away. They divided into two shifts, working day and night, on two shafts, and the smoke of their burning rose continually.

It was at this time that they ran short of beans and that Elijah was despatched to the main camp to bring up more grub. Elijah was one of the hard-bitten old-time travelers himself. The round trip was a hundred miles, but he promised to be back on the third day, one day going light, two days returning heavy. Instead, he arrived on the night of the second day. They had just gone to bed when they heard him . . . Read More

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this is the narrative of the Klondike that I thought i would find in call of the wild! excellent read!
it got a little wordy in part two, and I sincerely wondered at times when it would end, but I did enjoy it immensely

Elam Ohnivák, hrdina románu, sa pohybuje v rozmanitej spoločnosti - od prostých aljašských priekopníkov až po multimilionárov slnečnej Kalifornie. Cez portrét sympatického a statočného muža, ktorého životnou vášňou je hazardná hra, opisuje London mechanizmus vykorisťovania.

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This is essentialy a story about a man's journey to find out what is important in life. Along the way he develops strength and vitality, loses it in his quest for fortune and power, then eventually gives up his worldly trappings for a return to his vitality and to gain the woman he loves.

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Бърнинг Дейлайт. Само името може да те накара да настръхнеш. А легендата за него е страховита и увлекателна. Дивият северняк, който с животинска издръжливост се справя с глада, студа, умората и свирепата природа. От нищото се издига до популярен милионер. А с годините, прекарани в охолство и бога...more

A surprise: after the first part in Alaska, the novels gets to California, and look at the financial world, at the importance of money in a life, and of books and trees. How I'd like to believe in the existance of a man - and a woman - able of turning their back to millions of dollars. I don't kn...more

Елам Харниш, известен още с прякора Сияйния, е главен герой в тази изключителна книга, която всеки ценител на качествената литература трябва да прочете.
Действието се развива в края на XIX в. по време на Златната треска в Северна Америка. Сияйния е представен като свръхсилен, умен, амбициозен млад...more

These books are my earliest memorymemory in adventure genre . this paticular novel i started multipal times and found it rather boring.... But for nows it was an imporant read, since in myself fed up with the city life

Best London so far. Everyone who works a sit down job/has a career needs to read.

Encore un immense chef d'œuvre de Jack London. Les personnages sont forts et bien développés. Les paysages décrits avec merveille. Radieuse Aurore est l'histoire d'un homme qui va se perdre dans les travers du capitalisme et du monde des affaires avant de trouver l'amour et retrouver le goût de l...more

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