The Jacket (Star-Rover)
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Jack London (1876-1916) was a Californian writer and adventurer who was accustomed to working hard and learning all he could by an early age. Born in San Francisco, London was raised primarily by his mother and a family servant. London's family moved from the rural farmlands of the San Francisco Bay Area to the more metropolitan suburb of Oakland, where young Jack went to school and spent many hours poring over the shelves of the local public library. Still a child, London went to work in a cannery in order to help his family make ends meet. When the Alaskan gold rush of the 1890s reached its height, London left to seek his fortune. Having endured the incredible hardship of the Alaskan Klondike, London returned to California and set out to make a name for himself as a writer. He enjoyed his first success on the pages of periodical magazines, writing short stories that delighted a broad range of readers. His works often featured animals, a trademark of his most famous novel, The Call of the Wild. With the public's warm reception of his writing, London had finally achieved the security and comfort that had evaded him throughout his childhood. He continued to write novels and shorter works, publishing such well-known novels as White Fang and Martin Eden before his death in 1916.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
All my life I have had an awareness of other times and places. I have been aware of other persons in me.--Oh, and trust me, so have you, my reader that is to be. Read back into your childhood, and this sense of awareness I speak of will be remembered as an experience of your childhood. You were ...Back to top
Reviewed by changolote on Oct 1, 2008
different, yet the same
Jack London writes a sci-fi!! Wow, that's different. Yet in this tale of a condemned convict who experiences something akin to astral projection, it is typical ( a good thing, btw) London adventure. This convict, when placed in a strait-jacket like contraption for perceived violations of death-row protocol, retreats in his consciousness and re-lives past lives across history. Some are simple events that maybe did or didn't happpen; in one instance he is a child in the Mountain Meadows Massacre in April 1857 (Mormon terrorists slaughtered a group from Arkansas headed to California). The book is pretty good if you like Jack London, by no means his finest. The various adventures are almost like extra-short short stories. While reading the short story parts, it's typical London tales of human will overcoming and being overcome.
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