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Love of Life and Other Stories

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He knew that he could not crawl half a mile.  And yet he wanted to live.  It was unreasonable that he should die after all he had undergone.  Fate asked too much of him.  And, dying, he declined to die.  It was stark madness, perhaps, but in the very grip of Death he defied Death and refused to die.

He closed his eyes and composed himself with infinite precaution.  He steeled himself to keep above the suffocating languor that lapped like a rising tide through all the wells of his being.  It was very like a sea, this deadly languor, that rose and rose and drowned his consciousness bit by bit.  Sometimes he was all but submerged, swimming through oblivion with a faltering stroke; and again, by some strange alchemy of soul, he would find another shred of will and strike out more strongly.

Without movement he lay on his back, and he could hear, slowly drawing near and nearer, the wheezing intake and output of the sick wolfR. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I truly enjoy London. He does two things really well: tales of the Yukon and tales of Socialism. This collection if of the former variety. Its a captivating way of life from a bygone era. I love it. Of these, Keesh was my favorite, although almost all of these are worth a skim. He actually addres...more

"'Look you,' he said; 'you are a painter-man. How would you paint this which I saw, a picture without beginning, the ending of which I do not understand, a piece of life with the northern lights for a candle and Alaska for a frame.'" <-- put this on the book jacket

I used to think t...more

Every time I think I've finished with them, I find another collection of short stories about the Yukon from Jack London! This one was more interesting than some of the ones I've read so far, though. I wonder if there are even more...?

This was the first Jack London book I've read, but it surely won't be the last. This book was beautiful.

In 2016 I read a book called Wolf Totem. Jack London's story Love Of Life was mentioned there, and at the time I put the title on my Told You So list, where I keep track of interesting books mentioned in other books. I was curious about why young people in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia would hav...more

Prima poveste a fost cu adevărat impresionantă, însă celelalte nu au reușit să mă atragă. E totuși tristă nedreptatea cu care au fost tratate unele personaje, de la chinezul care sfârșește ghilotinat fără a avea vreo vină, până la un fiu al pădurilor și al munților care ajunge boxer, înșelat de m...more

Interesting collection of stories about life in Alaska.

This is a collection of short stories of Jack London. The book contains a total of eight short stories a couple of which are rare to find. All the stories are based on the Gold Rush adventures in far north and Klondyke in the early 1900s.
1. LOVE OF LIFE
2. A DAY’S LODGING
3. THE WHITE...more

Jack London is one of my favorite authors. He dive-bombs straight into an exploration of the endurance of the human spirit, and makes it walk to the very brink of insanity and death before pulling it back to see what burned off in the struggle. He subjects his stories' heroes to the most tortuous...more