The Sea-wolf

The Sea-wolf

Book - 2000 | 2000 Modern Library pbk. ed.
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A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, The Sea-Wolf is a standard-bearer of its genre. It is the vivid story of a gentleman scholar, Humphrey Van Weyden, who is rescued by a seal-hunting schooner after a ferryboat accident in San Francisco Bay. London uses Van Weyden's ordeal at the hands of a schooner's devious crew to explore powerful themes of ambition, courage, and the innate will to survive. The Sea-Wolf also introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way. As Gary Kinder states in his Introduction, "Wolf Larsen is one of the most carefully carved characters in American literature....London, himself, seems as fascinated as the reader with his own creation."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, [2000]
Edition: 2000 Modern Library pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©1904
ISBN: 9780679783374
Branch Call Number: FIC Londo
Characteristics: xv, 294 pages ; 21 cm.


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Feb 15, 2019

Jack London is my all-time favorite! I love all his works!

Feb 18, 2016

This is my first and last exposure to Jack London. I'm not sure why he has such a good reputation as a novelist. I read the first chapter and I was disappointed by his overly florid and sensationalist prose. This embellishment made the prose turgid and the plot difficult to follow. Maybe this is because it was serialized and published in Century Magazine, so it had to have mass appeal. I'm not sure why critics love him so much, except maybe that he was one of the better 19th Century US authors.

Jan 03, 2016

excellent version available at Presidio teen section

Oct 12, 2015

Great book. It will help to familiarize yourself with schooner parts, or have an image of it ready when reading the book. The picture of one will especially be useful towards the end of the book

Jun 03, 2014

"I shall never forget, in that moment, how instantly conscious I became of my manhood. The primitive deeps of my nature stirred."
Along with "White Fang" and &The Call of the Wild,"this is London's best-known and most read novel. The story of a Nietzschean far beyond driven sea captain (he has a little bit of Captain Ahab in him) and the naive, inexperienced man who ends up in his brutal crew, "The Sea-Wolf" is maybe the best example of London's fusion of the adventure story with philosophical musings on (Nietzsche, Darwin, Milton and Schopenhauer are all mentioned) the nature of man, as well as proto-Hemingway masculine men doing masculine things tale. It's entertaining, if a bit clumsily written. Filmed several times.

multcolib_susannel May 28, 2014

Wolf Larsen is the leanest, meanest sea captain to sail the seven seas. But his brother is called Death and he won't rest until he finds him.

Oct 15, 2013

I never chose a sea story for entertainment until I decided to become acquainted with Jack London's literature. I noticed Sea Wolf on the shelf and took it home. I could not put the book down until completed. I was not a fiction fan until Sea Wolf. It has me on a new voyage of enjoying fiction for the first time in my over 50 years.

henrydeb Oct 03, 2013

Written in older speaking style, fascinating story of hardship suffered by kidnapped academic. Spent months on a sealing boat.

Sep 26, 2013

Haven't read the book, but watched the movie many years ago starring Edward G. Robinson. Was really good, wish the library had a copy.
"It is far better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven." Milton, "Paradise Lost"

Apr 18, 2012

Wolf Larsen is an intensely interesting character! The novel is a study of the mind and body, and what it means to be human and what it means to be moral, so be prepared to do a good deal of thinking! Overall, it is a very satisfying read.

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