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The Night-Born

Jack London

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It is not usual to have horses in the bull-ring at Quito," said Luis Cervallos, looking up from the program. "In Spain they always have them. But to-day, by special permission we shall have them. When the next bull comes on there will be horses and picadors-you know, the men who carry lances and ride the horses."

"The bull is doomed from the first," said John Harned. "Are the horses then likewise doomed!"

"They are blindfolded so that they may not see the bull," said Luis Cervallos. "I have seen many horses killed. It is a brave sight."

"I have seen the bull slaughtered," said John Harned "I will now see the horse slaughtered, so that I may understand more fully the fine points of this noble sport."

"They are old horses," said Luis Cervallos, "that are not good for anything else."

"I see," said John Harned.

The third bull came on, and soon against it were both capadors and picadors. One picador took his s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A nice collection of ten early London stories.

Various topics and themes, from boxing to the fury of women to the struggle on Man against his more basic natures. Social commentary was included in such stories as Benefit Of The Doubt , where a crooked judge gets a lesson in justice.

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Series of short stories. Not my favorite of his works.

A good collection. Not London's most imaginative work or his best writing, but still far more than adequate.

Old ranconteur style prose, vivid and captivating.

The master of the short story. I can never get enough of his excellent prose and bizarre circumstances.