The Sea-wolf

The Sea-wolf

by Jack London

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Overview

After embarking on a pleasure cruise, bookish young Humphrey van Weyden finds himself shipwrecked amidst a terrible storm. When he is picked up by a passing vessel, he initially believes he has been rescued by kind saviours. But Humphrey soon finds out that he has in fact boarded the GHOST - a seal-hunting ship captained by the incisive philosopher, brutal despot, and utterly terrifying Wolf Larsen. As Humphrey falls in love with Maud, a beautiful poet and fellow shipwreck survivor, he must contend not only with the dangers of being at sea, but also with competition from his cruel and scheming captain...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444823622
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Ulverscroft
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jack London was born in San Francisco in 1876. He is best known for his novels "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," written either side of his writing "The Sea Wolf." Coming from a working class background and having served a prison sentence for vagrancy in his youth, London would go on to become an activist for social reform. He died in 1916, aged just 40.Bear Grylls went from Eton to the SAS before a near-fatal spinal injury ended his career in the military elite. His undeterred thirst for adventure led him to become the star of the TV show "Born Survivor," which has been seen by over a billion viewers worldwide.

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The Sea Wolf 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story begins with the protagonist Humphrey Van Weyden on a ferry steamer called the Martinez. Humphrey is a literature critic who depends on his father for income, and is weak and frail. The Martinez eventually ends up in a collision with another ship. Humphrey is then rescued by seal-schooner called the Ghost ruled by the brutish yet intelligent Wolf Larsen and his cruel men. From here he must use his wits, gain strength, and courage to survive in his harsh new environment filled with madness. I could practically read the philosophy of Naturalism in every line of the story. The characters acts, thoughts, and personality only added more emphasis to this philosophy. For example some characters can have a caring nature, while others can have a more empathetic one. Humphrey also constantly describes the horrible conditions of his new environment and how he learns from it, which gives another great example to this theme. With this piece of classic American Literature, London also heavily highlights the need of self-reliance. He does this with his character Humphrey. Stuck on a boat with no one to support him, there would be no one else to trust but himself. London shows through Humphrey ways that self-reliance is an advantage that individuals can use as a benefit, then as a burden. I loved the way Jack London describes every event in perfect detail. His word choice and imagery could practically play a little movie or paint a vivid picture in my head. The pace of the book was very interesting too. It sped up right from the beginning and maintained its pace until the story was finished. Many of the characters could be likable depending on the person. I personally favored Humphrey because his ideals are similar to mines. Though Wolf Larsen is the antagonist of this story I could not hate him because of the pain of loneliness he feels. Many of the other characters I felt were average and were only used to make the story dramatic, which they succeed in doing. The main thing that disturbed me in this book though, was the precise detail of blood, gore, and crimes committed on the ship. Other than that little topic, I found this book very exciting, and adventurous. This book was very enjoyable to read, and was hard to put down. This characteristic can be shared in London’s many genius pieces of literature such as, Call of the Wild (one of my personal favorites), White Fang, and A Daughter of the Snows. If anyone is thirsting for a good sea adventure, then the Sea Wolf is the perfect choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Interesting.
Davidinwonderland More than 1 year ago
Any Rand must have loved Wolf Larsen. I found myself attracted to him, but, in the end...no, Dick Cheney personified. Humphrey Van Weydon is the true hero. This book causes us to question our beliefs. Hopefully, if you're not too dogmatic, you'll side with Van Weyden....be an arbiter of peace and love, rather than animalistic carnivorism. Beautifully written...a classic that should be revisited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy love all of Jack Londons books, and this one is good too, but it is hard because my favorite character is the Wolf. Hummphery Van weidein was not good enough of a guy for the whole setting.
BellGuginofan1 More than 1 year ago
it is okay. worth reading once. i was disappointed because i love most of his work. he is such a grest writer. but i was little let down by this one. great character in Wolf Larson. but no great character to match him. the hero's i ended up booing. no great chemistry was there between the hero and heroine. they were very naieve i felt and you would think after all Wolf put them through they would be a little more hardened or wiser for it but no just a couple of crazy intellectual kids in love in the middle of the north pacific. they were really good even great moments in the book - but they were very few and far between. recommend? yes. more than once? no.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had forgotten how readable and thrilling Jack London could be--The Sea Wolf is a thrilling story of survival on multiple levels, with a sadistic (and yet sometimes sympathetic) title character, a "young man grows up" narrator, and full-on nautical descriptions based on London's own experiences. Highly recommended.
HankIII on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like it as much as I did when read many years ago; still, Wolf Larsen is a character not soon forgotten.
dele2451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gentlemen is taken aboard a schooner full of seal hunters captained by a much-feared and revered Wolf Larsen who kidnaps him who replace a fallen crew member. It is a wonderfully told tale although I must admit that, having only a minimal amount of nautical experience, I found some of the more detailed sailing terminology a bit confusing. Fans of Mr London's other notable works will certainly not be disappointed by this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Laiser. Those fu<_>cking Annex's? There were TITO'S ki<_>lling them!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry Para. She's still a bit sick right now. Feel free to guess again though :) Plus, does Randi have a story written? If so, l demand to know where it is right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the bios book spacific? And may i rp one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does the worm. Like a bauss. <(*-*<) <(*-*)> (>*-*)> <(*-*)> <(*-*<)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lie on the ground. There was too much blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Striking to Randi! Swift!<p>Hey guys! I miss you two so much. Swift, I had a chance to post at our book yesterday, so go read it please. :) I hope you two are doing good, not getting into too much troubles without me around. Lol. I'm grounded right now, for who knows how long. I won't be around much for at least into the summer, if things continue with how they are. Please, don't forget me in that time. :D I won't forget anyone I've met long ago. I gotta run before the teacher locks my account again. Randi, I'mma post at our book tomorrow during school. Check sometime!</p>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched the camp boredly from her tree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I find it funny that Punction thinks my death would upset anybody." xD xD "Okay."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I have family in Texas. But i dont like him and the other woman he married. I never talk to my father. Anywho! Im bored. Ooooooohhh!!!!! Plat! Do you want to play Truth or Dare?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meant to ad a to"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She purred, "Hello, my love." She nuzzled him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kicked him in the b<e>alls. "Stay out of this."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch from the shadows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay!! Seeyas!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Testy test test.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If l disappear, then l've gone to bed. Fyi, tomorrow is Platinum's IC birthday, so you can except some strange behavior from her! Today's the birthday of someone in real who l am more or less friends with, and Sunday is not only my own birthday but also the 19th birthday of Kaete (KAY-tuh). She taught three of my dance classes at my homeschool group. Anywho. Oh yeah, l'm having dinner at my grandparents' house on Sunday so l won't be on 3:30-4PM ET. I'ma having pulled pork! #SoNotVegan l also have church that morning.