The Sea-Wolf

The Sea Wolf The Sea Wolf belongs in the honorific tradition of American sea fiction where the voyage motif became a means of exploring the meaning of life as in Richard Henry Dana s Two Years Before the Mast

  • Title: The Sea-Wolf
  • Author: Jack London Keith Carabine Lionel Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781840225808
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Sea Wolf belongs in the honorific tradition of American sea fiction where the voyage motif became a means of exploring the meaning of life, as in Richard Henry Dana s Two Years Before the Mast 1840 , Edgar Allan Poe s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 1838 , and Herman Melville s Moby Dick 1851 The dominant subject is an intellectual conflict between a ship wreckThe Sea Wolf belongs in the honorific tradition of American sea fiction where the voyage motif became a means of exploring the meaning of life, as in Richard Henry Dana s Two Years Before the Mast 1840 , Edgar Allan Poe s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 1838 , and Herman Melville s Moby Dick 1851 The dominant subject is an intellectual conflict between a ship wrecked literary figure, Humphrey Van Weyden, and the brutal captain of a seal hunting schooner, Wolf Larsen, who rescues Van Weyden and puts him to menial work on the schooner The central chapters focus on the gory details of seal hunting, and the final section shows how far Van Weyden has learned seamanship as he restores The Ghost to sailing health and returns to port with the only woman passenger, another shipwrecked figure, to plight their troth.

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    1. this has gotta be one of the biggest piece of shit pulpy ridiculous shitshows of a novel. ever. and i freely admit that i love it. yeah, that's right. this is my Valley of the Dolls. here’s the deal: an effete bookworm gets on a boat that crashes just off the san fransiscan coast and is scooped out of the water and brought onto the seal-hunting Ghost, headed to Japan, and captained by Wolf Larson, the darkest, most demented and brutal guy to walk the planet. this guy makes ahab, kurtz, and bli [...]

    2. Millionaire Humphrey van Weyden, a bookish gentleman, (who reads anymore) was coming back , from visiting a close friend in the East Bay shore. Crossing the waters to San Francisco , again, his ferry boat collides in the thick fog, with a steamer. Quickly sinking her, the dilettante, can't swim, good thing he has a life preserver on going overboard, amid piercing cries, in the gloom, drifting in the chilly waters, out through the Golden Gate (before the bridge was built). The tides and winds swe [...]

    3. “‘I believe that life is a mess,’ [Captain Wolf Larson] answered promptly. ‘It is like yeast, a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a minute, an hour, a year, or a hundred years, but that in the end will cease to move. The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat the weak that they may retain their strength. The lucky eat the most and move the longest, that is all…’”- Jack London, The Sea-WolfThis is just like Moby Dick, if Moby Dick had been writt [...]

    4. The Sea Wolf, Jack LondonThe Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Its first printing of forty thousand copies was immediately sold out before publication on the strength of London's previous The Call of the Wild. تاریخ نخستین خوان [...]

    5. This classic adventure on the high seas, made into a miniseries in 2009 in the city of Halifax where I live (finally some great films being made around here!), this book is full of terror, confusion and mayhem as a man fights for survival with a ruthless sailboat captain and his unruly crew, but ultimately they make peace with him and what unfolds is one of what I think is Jack London's best works.

    6. “Do you know the only value life has is what life puts upon itself? And it is of course overestimated, for it is of necessity prejudiced in its own favour. Take that man I had aloft. He held on as if he were a precious thing, a treasure beyond diamonds of rubies. To you? No. To me? Not at all. To himself? Yes. But I do not accept his estimate. He sadly overrates himself. There is plenty more life demanding to be born. Had he fallen and dripped his brains upon the deck like honey from the comb, [...]

    7. "We were talking about this yesterday," he said. "I held that life was a ferment, a yeasty something which devoured life that it might live, and that living was merely successful piggishness. Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift. Look at the fish and their millions of eggs. For that matter, look at you and me. [...]

    8. Jack London’s take on Nietzsches’s dubious concept of the Übermensch.In the confined space of a seal-hunting schooner in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the most captivating antagonist ever, captain Wolf Larson, highly intelligent with superhuman physical strength, have it out with the somewhat stodgy protagonist Van Weyden, an intellectual bookworm, scholar, and landlubber. Their philosophies and views on life couldn’t be more different.The whole thing is embedded in an exciting adventur [...]

    9. گرگ دریا رمانی از جک لندن نویسنده آمریکایی است. این رمان در سال ۱۹۰۴ منتشر شد و به سرعت با استقبال خوانندگان روبرو گشت.جک لندن در این رمان داستان «هامفری وان ویدن»، روشنفکری را بیان می‌کند که در اثر غرق کشتی اسیر گروهی ملوان خشن به سرپرستی شخصی بنام «ولف لارسن» می‌شود که او را [...]

    10. I've read quite a few of London's books although it was years ago for most. I've reread a few, but somehow never got to this one. I'm glad I remedied that. Wolf Larsen & Hump are certainly two of the most vivid & interesting characters I've had the pleasure to encounter. The story was all the more intriguing because it explores the meaning & purpose of life through a rousing adventure. London based much of it on a sailing voyage he took to Japan which explains the reality of the sett [...]

    11. An enjoyable sea faring tale, and not entirely what I was expecting. The first half of this book would receive a solid four stars. It gets a bit boring at the end. The main reason being that I'd rather the 'sea wolf' character was indeed the main character. We've come a long way in what we want from our characters (thanks GRRM!) and their motivations. Is it wrong that I liked the 'bad guy' in this book and wanted to know more about him, his motivations and also agree with his pirate behaviour? I [...]

    12. This has got to be one of my all-time favorite novels. I've read it over and over and over :) Jack London (an atheist to the chore) is one of our great, American authors. His story is extremely gripping and intense, while he weaves throughout the story-line his thoughts of God vs. Atheism. The protagonist (the Christian) and the antagonist (the Atheist) are frequently involved in debates about right vs. wrong, design vs. accident, and God vs. evolution. Jack London does not, however, endorse eit [...]

    13. Anyone who needs a good shot of testosterone but thinks the movie 300 was a little to homo-erotic should read the Sea Wolf. This book makes Hemmingway run off like a little girly man. The main character is a woosy book-worm literary critic who gets press-ganged into a sealing crew led by the cruel and rutheless Wolf Larsson. Larsson is one of the greatest villians I've had the pleasure to read--he's intelligent and brutal, but at times you even sympathize with him.By the way, I especially sugges [...]

    14. Oh my god. This book iswell, it defies description. At first, I thought "Oh, illegal seal hunting, violence, and poor health conditions on a ship lost in the Bering Sea. What's not to love?" (Note the heavy sarcasm.)Turns out, all of those things have a very minor role in the story. It is mostly about the learning experiences of a gentleman aboard a brutal ship, and his conversations with the captain, who is a very unusually educated man. I could go on for pages about the discussions that they h [...]

    15. A breathless, over-the-top "Pop" adventure. Based onJack London's travels (sensitive sissy confronts beastieschooner captain), it presents in technicolor the author'sdouble vision of himself. Between wrenching physicaljousts, the duelists quote Swinburne, Milton & Omar Khyyam.For the Douglas Sirk finale there's a mermaid from Boston. "My man," sighs she, offering her lips to the newlymuscled chappy after his captivity. The Darwinian seafaring manners: bitchin' & butch.

    16. 31 JUL 2014 -- will start this one on Saturday, 2 AUG. Tomorrow, 1 AUG, is a day off from work and I will also give a listen-to Eugenie Grandet on BBC Radio 4X. So, the Sea-Wolf and I will sail together on Saturday. See you Saturday Sea-Wolf. 2 AUG 2014 -- Chap. 5. The Sea-Wolf is a nasty piece of cod. He is bossy and overbearing. A bully personality is his way of life. A man who dearly needs a major time-out. Another baby-man. 3 AUG 2014 -- Chap. 8. "Sometimes I think Wolf Larsen mad, or half-m [...]

    17. 3,5'tan 4 verdim diyebilirim.Eser kesinlikle kötü değil, konu olarak da anlatım olarak da başarılı ama bazı olaylar üzerinde çok durulmuş. 272 sayfalık Oda Yayınları versiyonunu okudum, bence 150 sayfa civarı yazılsa daha etkili olabilirdi, belki de iş yoğunluğumdan dolayı ara vererek okuyabildiğim için bana öyle geldi.Spoiler vermeden kısaca eserin içeriğine değinmek gerekirse;Humphrey Van Weyden isimli eserin birinci ağızdan anlatıcısı(kendisi bir yazar ve babad [...]

    18. Wolf Larsen akılda yer edebilen bir karakter, onunla tanışmak adına kitap okunmalı derim. Kitabın ilk üçte birlik kısmı çok hareketli geçiyor, kendi adıma heyecanlı bir okuma süreciydi. Kitabın geri kalanından aynı tadı alamadım.

    19. ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΒLOG ΣΤΟΝ ΑΣΤΕΡΙΣΜΟ ΤΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥstonasterismotouvivliouspΟ Θαλασσόλυκος του Τζακ Λόντον συνιστά μαζί με τον Μόμπι Ντικ , το εμβληματικότερο ναυτικό μυθιστόρημα της Παγκόσμιας Λογοτεχνίας!Αποτιμώντας τον με μια φράση θα τον χαρακτηρίζαμε μια ρομαντική ναυτική περιπέτεια με άρτι [...]

    20. Jack London kırk yıllık hayatı boyunca, çamaşırcılık, gazete satıcılığı, balıkçılık, demiryolu işçiliği gibi ağır fiziksel güç gerektiren işlerde çalışırken bir yandan da durmadan okuyup yazmış. Bu kısa ve zorlu hayatın izlerini eserlerinden takip etmek mümkün. Deniz Kurdu da haliyle denizcilikle ilgili teknik bilgisinin ve deneyimlerinin bol bol yer aldığı bir roman. Birbirinin anti-tezi iki kahraman var; zalim, güçlü ve materyalist kaptan Wolf Larsen i [...]

    21. How many ways did I loathe this book? Well, first there was the constant theme that in order to be a "real man" (I'll save discussion of women for later) that one has to work with his hands, and has to brave the elements, and laugh in the face of danger, and be cruel, sadistic and amoral, and that these are all things to be admired! Oh, and don't forget that you have to have the body of a Greek god and a a self-taught intellect that is only used to back up one's own views, not to explore other v [...]

    22. This was my absolute favorite "desert isle " book choice as a teenager. I absolutely adored it .Which is a bit unusual, I know. But there you have it. I cant tell you how many times Ive read this. Basically, the hero Humphrey "Hump" is tossed overboard during a storm at sea and picked up by a passing sealer ship captained by the infamous "Wolf Larssen ". Wolf has no intention of carrying Hump to his destination. He can become one of the crew and tow the line or he can be eaten by the fishes. His [...]

    23. This is another of my book club (The Irregulars) picks, and one I'd put in the win column. Our discussion of the book pointed out that the men generally liked the first part better and the women liked the second part better. Me, I liked both. I enjoyed the philosophical discussions in the first half, and the sheer audacity of Wolf Larson. But I also enjoyed the second half with the introduction of the Maud character. Call me a sappy romantic, but that "please, please" thing just strummed my hear [...]

    24. A harrowing tale of shipwreck and survival, The Sea-Wolf combines classic Jack London adventure with philosophical meditations on life, truth, and love. Certain parts are very dark, but the book manages to have a happy ending. I'm not sure it brings everything together throughout, and the role of Wolf Larsen is a little open-ended. But it is a compelling read nonetheless.

    25. “Es el champán de la sangre, la efervescencia de la levadura lo que hace que algunos hombres tengan pensamientos puros y que otros vean a Dios o Lo-que-inventen cuando no pueden verlo. Eso es todo; la ebriedad de la vida, la agitación y la inquietud de la levadura, el murmullo de la vida poseída de la conciencia por estar viva. Mañana tendré que pagar por esto, como el borracho. Y sabré que he de morir, posiblemente en el mar, que dejaré de agitarme para pudrirme en el mar; para convert [...]

    26. كم هي راااائعة!!!في البداية لم أتوقع أن تكون بهذه الروعةحياة البحر والصيادين والقبطانالقبطان الشرير وولف لارسن الذئب ، القبطان المتوحش قبطان سفينة الشبح المتغطرس الذي لا يعرف الرحمةفان ويندن وفلسفته وتحديه للارسن ونجاته مع حبيبته مودرااائعة

    27. What a Maudlin Brew’s ThatI don’t know whether Jack London’s seafaring novel The Sea-Wolf enjoys the same popularity in the U.S. as it does in Germany, where practically every member of my generation fondly remembers the Weihnachtsvierteiler on TV, in which Raimund Harmstorf as Captain Wolf Larsen mashed a potato in his hand. Speaking of fond memories, though, one must admit that the adaptation came over as rather lengthy when I last watched it. But that is neither here nor there: The most [...]

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