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A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, a standard-bearer of its genre. This 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. Powerful conflict of opinion on life... A touch of different worlds...--Submitted by Alexander
The Sea-Wolf is a tale of life under pressure; set across the great oceans, and will carry you on a voyage under the terrible circumstances of the weak young man pressed into service on the ship of a tyrannical monster: Wolf Larsen, the Sea-Wolf. The protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden becomes trapped and beleaguered as he faces off with the crushingly physical conditions around him, the cold-- the cynical philosophy of the ship's captain, and the voyage of discovery brought about by pure struggle. This book presents a multi-layered texture that speaks of suffering, the will to live, and the terrible strength of those who hate. A thought-provoking philosophical and psychological journey. Irony in no short supply.--Submitted by comingaflame
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