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A Daughter of the Snows

Jack London

Book Overview: 

In Jack London's first novel, he tells the story of Frona Welse, a strong and interesting heroine, "a Stanford graduate and physical Valkyrie," who heads to the Yukon gold fields after creating a stir in her hometown by being strong and forthright and by befriending the town's prostitute. In the course of her adventures, she finds herself at the distaff point of a love triangle. This novel contains very overt racial and gender stereotypes and as such reflects the attitudes growing in society at the time it was written.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At sight of this there was a snap and sparkle in Jacob Welse's eyes. It was the first omen, and it was good, he thought. She was still a Welse; a struggler and a fighter. The years of her culture had not weakened her. Though tasting of the fruits of the first remove from the soil, she was not afraid of the soil; she could return to it gleefully and naturally.

So he mused till the boat drove in, ice-rimed and battered, against the edge of the rim-ice. The one white man aboard sprang: out, painter in hand, to slow it down and work into the channel. But the rim-ice was formed of the night, and the front of it shelved off with him into the current. The nose of the boat sheered out under the pressure of a heavy cake, so that he came up at the stern. The woman's arm flashed over the side to his collar, and at the same instant, sharp and authoritative, her voice rang out to the Indian oarsmen to back water. Still holding the man's head above water, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

(NOTE: This is a long review, because at the time of this writing, most of the other reviews, are short and would not have helped me make up my mind about choosing to read the book. So this is quite lengthy, but is designed for the ones trying to decide whether to read it or not.)

This book brings...more

Here’s one for the white supremacy bookshelf. Hard to find a book with more crack-brained ideas about race than this first novel by Jack London. Set in northern Canada during the gold rush on the Klondike, it’s also a mixed bag of yarns about miners and adventurers on the north frontier.

The daugh...more

I am a huge fan of Jack London. This is definitely not one of his better works, but I think it's accepted that his first full novel is lacking in quality, especially as compared to his earlier short stories and some of his later classic novels. The novel is bit purple in prose and drags in many s...more

This is not the typical Jack London style of novel that I am used to (it is not about dogs :)). I found the love triangle a little long and boring in some sections and the adventures on the Klondike lacking in details. However, I did like the way it ended, it seemed very befitting to the characte...more

3.5 stars
This is one of Jack London's earlier works. There was a bit of jumping around in the story, which may have seemed worse inthe ebook that I read than in a physical copy, since the jumping around appeared to happen within a paragraph.
Overall it was a really interesting story of the Klondik...more

Nicht das Beste von London. Für zwischendurch als nette Geschichte geeignet.

3.5 stars

I've arranged my takeaway thoughts into a haiku:

"Dull heartbreak wont do,
Ice queens like a spectacle
For crushing their beaus."

Probably my favourite book. I keep returning to her all the time. Beautifully written with great characters.

200 pages of not much happening, then a pretty exciting rescue scene that makes the book worth reading, followed by a mini murder mystery that feels tacked on. All infused with weird treatises about the "superior Anglo Saxon race" and distracting dialects. There are flashes of London's brilliance...more

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