Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jack London

Apparently I have been on a Jack London kick.
I have read South Sea Tales and White Fang in the past week.
I really enjoyed both, a lot, just classics.
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South Sea Tales: Cri-za-zy. Life in the late 1800's-early 1900's in the South Pacific islands was...not as it is today. Cannibalism, hurricanes, ship wreaks, slavery, its all in this book. It's a compilation of many short stories that are all intense and leave you thinking all sorts of things: "it must really suck to be eaten by another human", "I want to be a on a beach","could I beat up a shark?", "I want to learn how to sail" for example. I like Jack London's style of writing, he doesn't get in the way of the stories, just tells it how it was.

White Fang: Loved it. Shows the transformation that can take place in even the most hardened souls when consistent love and patience is given. I was really touched by this story, I thought it was going to be a book where I could learn what the gold rush era was like in the Yukon, which was true, but really it gave me a better perspective on love. (And, I think if you are a dog lover, you would like this story even more.)

ps-if you have an iphone, you can get these for free on ibooks!

1 comment:

Melanie (aka Timber) said...

I've been hitting "next blog" since I'm stuck at home in a storm, and came across yours - I read Jack London's "Smoke Bellew" and LOVED it! First book of his that I'd actually read. Now I'm looking forward to...rats, forgot the name, but the one on the left, hehe...I love old books and authors. James Hilton is another fave. Now, on to explore more of your blog!