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The Road

Jack London

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Jack London credited his skill of story-telling to the days he spent as a hobo learning to fabricate tales to get meals from sympathetic strangers. In The Road, he relates the tales and memories of his days on the hobo road, including how the hobos would elude train crews and his travels with Kelly’s Army.

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. . .They let the first blind, occupied by the shack, go by, and jumped on the second and third blinds. Of course, the shack jumped off the first and on to the second as it went by, and scrambled around there, throwing off the men who had boarded it. But the point is that I was so far ahead that when the first blind came opposite me, the shack had already left it and was tangled up with the tramps on the second blind. A half dozen of the more skilful tramps, who had run far enough ahead, made the first blind, too.

At the next stop, as we ran forward along the track, I counted but fifteen of us. Five had been ditched. The weeding-out process had begun nobly, and it continued station by station. Now we were fourteen, now twelve, now eleven, now nine, now eight. It reminded me of the ten little niggers of the nursery rhyme. I was resolved that I should be the last little nigger of all. And why not? Was I not blessed with strength, agility, and youth? (I was eighteen, and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not your typical Jack London tale but very interesting and entertaining. It's about his life on the road and his experiences riding the rails as a hobo. A series of anecdotal tales of dodging conductors, railroad security, town sheriffs, and bumming meals while perfecting the art of lying.

What an...more

The Road by Jack London was published in 1907, years before George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and decades before Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

This compilation of stories and essays is gleaned from the remembrances of an older and more successful London, looking back on his days as a...more

The 'Road' in question is the railroad - motor cars were almost unheard of when Jack London was travelling around America as a hobo. This is a fascinating look at a very different country. It's full of great characters and long-forgotten slang and exciting tussles with policemen and railroad empl...more

Big Rock Candy Mountain
~~ written by Harry McClintock

Chorus:
Oh the buzzin' of the bees in the cigarette trees
The soda water fountain where the lemonade springs
And the bluebird sings in that Big Rock Candy Mountain

On a summer day
In the month of May
A burly bum came ahiking
Down a shady lane
Through...more

Ein Schlitzohr mit Erzähltalent über das unerträgliche Vergnügen, ein Schwarzfahrer und Schnorrer zu sein.

Έβδομο βιβλίο του Τζακ Λόντον που διαβάζω και δεύτερο που το βαθμολογώ με πέντε αστεράκια στο Gooreads, μετά το καταπληκτικό "Ο ταξιδιώτης τ'ουρανού" που διάβασα και απόλαυσα πέρυσι. Επίσης είναι το πρώτο αμιγώς αυτοβιογραφικό έργο του Λόντον που είχα την τύχη να πιάσω στα χέρια μου. Φυσικά κάποι...more

When he was a teenager, London decided, for the pure fact that the road was there, to become a hobo. Later, he compiled his wanderings into a series of essays, thus, The Road. These stories are wonderful, testament to the fact that London was something far beyond The Guy Who Wrote the Wolf Books....more

This is The Road before On the Road. It's funny and ugly and individualistic and crafty and bad and good and American and human.

I can't imagine what it's like to be so far over the edge, and then to come back.

"I became a tramp-well, because of the life that was in me, of the wanderlust in my blo...more

The Road, Jack London
The Road is an autobiographical memoir by Jack London, first published in 1907. It is London's account of his experiences as a hobo in the 1890s, during the worst economic depression the United States had experienced up to that time. He describes his experiences hopping freig...more

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