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In Search of Good Books
Wandering the rows of books always makes me feel excited. It's like I'm one of those Victorian era explorers, pushing my way through the dense jungle as I seek something new and undiscovered. I move forwards carefully, looking for signs of something wonderful hidden around me, hoping to unearth a treasure. And then I'll have a coffee.
That's how I would describe my average quest for a new book to read. I venture into a bookstore, thrilled at the prospect of finding a gem, and prowl the shelves with the expectation that there is something wonderful there, I just need to spot it. I enjoy the musky smell of paper books and relish the experience of turning each page, not knowing what I will encounter with every flip.
But like all great adventures, there are perils. Most dreaded is the risk that I will find nothing at all and go home empty handed. But that's not as bad as it might sound. Thanks to a vast reservoir of books that I know I will enjoy. That reservoir is the online treasure trove of books by the great Jack London.
A whole new series of adventures opened up for me when I realized that I could find the books of one of my favorite authors online. Not only that, but I could get those books instantly and for free! Read on and you'll be able to enjoy those same experiences for yourself.
Free adventure books on Kindle
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Jack London (1876-1916), famed adventurer, journalist, explorer, social activist, oyster pirate and American author has provided us with some of the most exciting adventure books available on Kindle. And the best part is, they are 100% free to download and read!
Jack wrote with an engaging realism that was so captivating because his fictional works were largely based on his own, real life experiences. London's life was filled with colorful deeds and extreme hardships, including a thirty day stint in jail that was so degrading that it became one of the defining moments of his life.
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To Build A Fire
Jerry of the Islands
‘Jerry of the Islands’ is a novel written by Jack London. It is set in the Solomon Archipelago and, as it can be read in the author’s foreword, was based on real-life events. Summary. Jerry is an Irish terrier bred in the Solomon Islands by Mister Haggins, a white trader.
In the preface, Jack London tells about the ship Minota on which he traveled and which wrecked in the Solomon Islands. Captain Kellar of Eugenie ship rescued Jack London after the shipwreck but later died by the hands of the cannibals. London mentions a letter that he received from C. M. Woodford, the Resident Commissioner of the British Solomons. In this letter, Woodford wrote about a punitive expedition on the neighboring island. The second aim of the operation was searching for the remains of Jack London's friends. During the voyage on Minota, Jack London and his wife found a dog aboard the ship, an Irish terrier named Peggy. The couple attached to Peggy so much that London's wife stole the dog after the wreck of the ship.
For the Love of Dog
Jack London was clearly a lover of dogs as is evidenced in the number of books he wrote that prominently featured canine protagonists including Jerry of the Islands, Michael, brother of Jerry, White Fang and the much loved The Call of the Wild. While I never thought I would, nor even could, enjoy any novel written from the point of view of an animal, I genuinely enjoyed these books. In particular I found Jerry of the Islands charming and heart warming.
But, as has so often been done, it is easy to get wrapped up in the almost child like appeal of these adventure stories and overlook the brilliance of the writing. In these novels, London demonstrates his masterful skills as a storyteller and we become completely wrapped up in the story and the protagonist, quickly and completely forgetting that our hero is a dog!
Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
On his return to California, London was unable to find work and relied on odd jobs such as cutting grass. He submitted a query letter to the San Francisco Bulletin proposing a story about his Alaskan adventure, but the idea was rejected because, as the editor told him, "Interest in Alaska has subsided in an amazing degree." A few years later, London wrote a short story about a dog named Bâtard who, at the end of the story, kills his master. London sold the piece to Cosmopolitan Magazine, which published it in the June 1902 issue under the title "Diablo — A Dog". London's biographer, Earle Labor, says that London then began work on The Call of the Wild to "redeem the species" from his dark characterization of dogs in "Bâtard". Expecting to write a short story, London explains: "I meant it to be a companion to my other dog story "Bâtard" ... but it got away from me, and instead of 4,000 words it ran 32,000 before I could call a halt."
Written as a frontier story about the gold rush, The Call of the Wild was meant for the pulp market. It was first published in four installments in The Saturday Evening Post, which bought it for $750 in 1903. In the same year, London sold all rights to the story for $2,000 to Macmillan, which published it in book format. The book has never been out of print since that time.
Man's Best Friend
This 1935 screen adaptation of one of Jack London's most famous novels, The Call of the Wild, is my favorite movie based on London's work. Clark Gable, as Jack Thornton, is funny and magnetic, a true leading man. Trivia: while they were working together on this movie, Clark Gable and Loretta Young had a fling that resulted in a daughter out of wedlock.
ACADEMY AWARD® winner Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur) heads an international cast as John Thornton in this adaptation of the classic novel by Jack London, famed author of The Sea Wolf and White Fang. Government mail carriers Thornton and Pete Smith (Raimund Harmstorf) take mail and supplies across the brutal Yukon wilderness from Skagway to Dawson City during the 1898 Klondike gold rush. An intelligent German Shepherd, Buck is stolen from his beloved owner in California and sold to John as a sled dog, whose loyalty to his new master is tested when John tries his own hand at prospecting. Praised by Leonard Maltins Movie & Video Guide for its "striking...scenery," this 1972 version of the family adventure was shot in Norway by Ken Annakin (The Swiss Family Robinson, The Longest Day).
John Thornton (Charlton Heston) a prospector in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush is trying to eke out a living in the harsh conditions of the bitterly cold Yukon region of Canada, with Buck the German Shepherd dog he befriends. Thornton struggles against unscrupulous rivals and natural hazards in the extreme conditions and is greatly helped by Buck who has his own story to tell: he was abducted from a family home and taken north to become a working sled dog. Man and dog forge a true bond of friendship, working together to survive life in the treacherous frozen North. Thornton is killed by Yeehat Indians, but Buck kills the men to avenge John Thornton. At the end of the film, Buck comes to the White River to mourn the place where he died.
Charlton Heston can do no wrong in my opinion so when he's given such rich and exciting material as Jack London's The Call of the Wild, the results are screen magic. I first saw this movie as a young boy and found it to be a little disturbing to be honest. The scene where the dog has to pull the sled made a powerful impression on me. Interestingly, Charlton Heston was not a fan of this movie.
Jack London's immortal tale of courage and survival comes to glorious life amid the breathtaking beauty of the great Alaskan frontier! Ethan Hawke (DEAD POETS SOCIETY) stars as a young man trying to fulfill his father's dying wish to find gold in the treacherous Yukon valley. His incredible journey begins when he meets a veteran gold miner (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who guides young Jack to his father's claim. Along the way, Jack discovers a kindred spirit who will change his life forever -- a magnificent wolf-dog named White Fang. From the taming of a wolf, to the taming of the wild, he must find the courage to conquer his fears and become a man in this spectacular outdoor adventure!|The movie, based on the novel by Jack London, was filmed on location in Alaska. A sequel, WHITE FANG 2: THE MYTH OF THE WHITE WOLF, was released in 1994.
Ethan Hawke, fresh faced and full of determination, tackles the icy wilds and rowdy boom towns of Alaska in Disney's 1991 adaptation of Jack London's turn-of-the-century gold rush classic. Though somewhat tamed for young audiences, the story of a city kid who befriends a feral half-wolf/half-dog orphan while learning to survive the dangers of nature and man has its share of peril and rousing scenes of wilderness adventure. But the humans are upstaged by both the animals (the standoff between White Fang and a wild brown bear is a highlight) and the Alaskan landscape, from the snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes of winter to the rich green forests and whitecap rivers of summer. The scenes of dogfights and wild wolves hunting game are carefully shot to avoid bloodshed (the opening disclaimer takes pains to remind viewers that all such scenes have been simulated), but they may still be too intense for young children. Recommended for 9 and up
White Fang is the companion novel to London's best known work The Call of the Wild. Set in the rough and tumble days of the Klondike gold rush in the Yukon Territory of Canada at the end of the 19th century, this narrative follows the life of White Fang, a dog-wolf mix. Written largely from the point of view of Fang, this compelling tale will change the way you look at and interact with your own pets.
Jack's classic adventure novel has been expanded into a TV series suitable for the whole family. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, this series narrates the exciting experiences of a wolf-dog and his human companion, a teenager played by Jamiz Woolvett. A truly wonderful boy and his dog story.
Jack London For Kids
Up in a northern land called Klondike, there lives an animal who is part wolf and part husky. His name is White Fang. When thousands of people decide to go North in search of gold and fortune, White Fang's life is change forever. However, when young Wendy earns his admiration and respect, the two become great friends. They learn to depend on each other and work together in times of need, and their adventures will go on to become a Northern legend.
White Fang Cartoon
This animated series, based on Jack London's book is a great way to get your children interested in literary classics. In this four-episode collection a 12 year old girl, Wendy, and a wolf-husky mix, White Fang, share thrilling adventures in Alaska's rugged Klondike territory. Together they explore the wilderness, encounter wolf packs, gold thieves, American Indians, otter poachers, treacherous avalanches and much more.
The Sea Wolf
Now we've come to my personal favorite, The Sea Wolf. Inspired by Jack's own experiences when, in 1893, he signed on to the sealing schooner Sophie Sutherland, bound for the coast of Japan. This amazing tale of high seas thrills and drama is an absolute must read for anyone and everyone. Part adventure tale, part psychological thriller, this book ranks among the very best sea stories ever written.
The antagonist, Wolf Larsen, is the brutal, amoral captain of the sealing vessel Ghost and proves the old maxim that great villains make great entertainment. Wolf is such a savage, fearful creature that he should always appear at the top of any 'greatest fictional villains' list. What makes this character even more exciting is that he is based on an actual person, Captain Alex MacLean (see link further down the page).
If you appreciate great literature and thrilling tales, download The Sea Wolf for your Kindle (it's free!) Jack London's stellar talent has never been more incandescent than the blistering drama etched onto these pages. It's a book you will find yourself reading over and over again for years to come.
Captain Alex MacLean
Alex MacLean was the inspiration for the title character, Wolf Larsen, in Jack London’s bestselling novel, The Sea-Wolf. Originally from Cape Breton, MacLean sailed to the Pacific side of North America when he was just twenty-one and worked there for thirty-five years as a sailor and sealer. His achievements and escapades while in the Victoria fleet in the 1880s laid the foundation for his status as a folk hero.
Although MacLean is a colourful character both in his own right and as mythologized by London, his biography reveals more than the construction of a legend. Don MacGillivray opens a window onto the complex world of pelagic sealing in the North Pacific. The sealing dispute brought the United States and Britain to the brink of war, with Canadian sealing interests frequently enmeshed in espionage, scientific debate, diplomatic negotiations, and vexing questions of maritime and environmental law. This vivid account brings history into focus.
MacLean’s story will appeal to maritime historians, historians of the Pacific Northwest, and readers interested in the history of sealing, international relations, and environmental politics. It will also appeal to readers interested in this fascinating character, both in his own right and as mythologized by Jack London.
The Real Sea Wolf
Read all about the real life mariner that Jack London based his electric character, Wolf Larsen, on in another free book from Don MacGillivra. His name was Captain Alex MacLean and his tale is another great salty yarn for all fans of action and stories of the 7 seas.
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Other Jack London Hubs
- Siwash by Jack London
A review of the short story, Siwash, written by the famous, American author, Jack London. London also wrote Call of the Wild and White Fang which are famous world-wide for their quality.
- Grit of Women by Jack London
A review of the story Grit Of Women by Jack London. A tale of tough choices a man and wife must make in order to survive the bitter wilderness of the Klondike at the turn of the century.
- The Cruise of the Snark
If you like the fictional character Indiana Jones then you will love Jack and Charmian's account of their sailing adventure The Cruise of the Snark. Cannibals, storms, disease and more thrills!
- Love of Life by Jack London
Jack London's short story, Love of Life, is the most gripping tale of survival you will ever read. One man's struggle for life against impossible odds including bears, wolves and starvation.