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To Build a Fire and Other Stories

by Jack London

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I never knew Kipling and Stevenson were his literary heroes, but it stands to reason. His writing has the same strengths and defects as theirs does: great raconteur-ism, vivid scenes, relentless, graphic gore, a tendency to turgid prose, and thumpingly condescending portraits of the non-white "others" who people his exotic landscapes (portraits that actually seem meant, in London's case, to pay them tribute). There's still something worth looking for in fiction to be found here--maybe a sense, even if a failed sense, of the mythic. How many of the "best-selling and highest paid" authors of today (whoever they are) will we say the same about in a hundred years? ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
1. To Build a Fire- 5.0; wonderful, descriptive writing of a great story
  jntjesussaves | Feb 5, 2014 |
Gripping short story ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 31, 2013 |
To Build A Fire' - arguably the greatest short story written in the English language? London at his very best. ( )
  Polaris- | Jan 24, 2011 |
My time in Warrant Officer School did not quite include the coldest winter of the decade, and Lapland doesn't quite reach the depths of freeze that Yukon finds commonplace. The trekking in the wilderness came freshly back to my mind with London's yarn. Shivers. Wonderful.
  ari.joki | Sep 30, 2010 |
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Day had broken cold and grey, exceedingly cold and grey, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little-travelled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland.
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This "Penguin 60s" edition of this title does not include 25 stories, or "introduction, biographical note, and afterword by David Lubar." It includes only 3 of London's stories: To Build a Fire, The Chinago, and Love of Life (which is called "Love of Live" in the table of contents.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553213350, Mass Market Paperback)

To Build A Fire and Other Stories is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging collection of Jack London's short stories available in paperback. This superb volume brings together twenty-five of London's finest, including a dozen of his great Klondike stories, vivid tales of the Far North were rugged individuals, such as the Malemute Kid face the violence of man and nature during the Gold Rush Days. Also included are short masterpieces from his later writing, plus six stories unavailable in any other paperback edition. Here, along with London's famous wilderness adventures and fireband desperadoes, are portraits of the working man, the immigrant, and the exotic outcast: characters representing the entire span of the author's prolific imaginative career, in tales that have been acclaimed throughout the world as some of the most thrilling short stories ever written.


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A diverse collection of London's best including 12 Klondike stories and many of his later works.

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