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Martin Eden (1909)

by Jack London

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  captbirdseye | Feb 20, 2014 |
Martin Eden é um livro que quebra estereótipos. As pessoas dá tanto valor à educação formal, aos títulos, às imagens exteriores de educação e cultura. Esse livro não é somente sobre um autodidata que descobre a falsidade de tudo isso, ele é escrito por um. Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously - Chesterton.
O final é um dos suicídios mais interessantes da literatura. London pretendia mostrar seu herói como um individualista, que teve que morrer não por sua falta de fé em deus, mas por sua falta de fé nos homens. Já foge dos estereótipos, mas ainda não é tão interessante.
O interessante é que os tempos mudaram, o socialismo real caiu (London mesmo tinha grande fé no socialismo), e hoje a falta de fé nos homens de Martin Eden atinge muita gente, que passou a considerar seu suicídio como um ato heróico de recusa a um mundo que jamais será como deveria ser, um mundo sem esperança.
Obras-Primas permitem muitas interpretações, mesmo se contrárias à intenção do autor: London afirmava que nenhum leitor descobriu sua crítica ao individualismo. É por isso que esse livro deve ser relido. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
Published in 1909, three years earlier than G.B Shaw's Pygmalion (1912), Martin Eden is a male Eliza Doolittle. Saving an upper-class gent in a brawl leads to Martin's introduction into this wealthy family, where he falls in love with the daughter, Ruth Morse. From his point of view, Martin realizes that he must 'improve' himself to meet Ruth at an equal level: he sets out to learn proper English, mend his ways, and goes to school to learn all subjects. Bent on giving up his life as a sailor, he tries to change jobs, and hits on the idea that a career in writing is the best way to go to make a fortune, which would put him on an equal footing with Ruth. Years of toil and rejection follow, but Martin perseveres. In the meantime, however, Ruth's parents steer her away from an unthinkable marriage with Martin Eden, who, in their eyes, will always remain an unworthy choice. Losing Ruth, and achieving fame and riches through the (same) stories which were rejected so many times before, Martin Eden becomes disillusioned. He writes no new stories, and in the end goes back to sea, where he came from.

At just over 400 pages, Martin Eden by Jack London is a remarkably readable novel. It is semi-autobiographical, and puts an interesting angle of the reality of becoming a writer, in particular getting stories published in literary magazines. With class differences in the young American nation being less important than in Shaw's Great Britain, the Morse family supposedly nouveau riche, class plays a minor role in the novel. ( )
1 vote edwinbcn | Apr 1, 2012 |
London's best, I think. I understand he is outre among serious (meaning academic) critics, but I still find his character development and the pacing of his narrative first-rate.

And besides, one of Tom Waits' best songs, "Shiver Me Timbers", has that line "Oh I know Martin Eden gonna be proud of me/ Many before me have been called by the sea," so that sort of obligates us to read it once in a while. ( )
1 vote steve.clason | Nov 22, 2010 |
In my opinion one develops a taste for London when young - ready for an Adventure... But he can be appreciated at any age and read many times, each time offering something new. And so Martin Eden, after the initial head spin at - say - 13, caused by the hero's valiant struggle, his rise and (inevitable) fall, becomes "simply" a very good read. No trivia, just Life. ( )
  Soska | Feb 9, 2010 |
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Berdagué, RoserTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giménez-Frontín, José LuisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The one opened the door with a latch-key and went in, followed by a young fellow who awkwardly removed his cap. He wore rough clothes that smacked of the sea, and he was manifestly out of place in the spacious hall in which he found himself. He did not know what to do with his cap, and was stuffing it into his coat pocket when the other took it from him. The act was done quietly and naturally, and the awkward young fellow appreciated it. “He understands,” was his thought. “He’ll see me through all right.”

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The semiautobiographical "Martin Eden" is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame. London, dissatisfied with the rewards of his own success, intended Martin Eden as an attack on individualism and a criticism of ambition; however, much of its status as a classic has been conferred by admirers of its ambitious protagonist. Andrew Sinclair's wide-ranging introduction discusses the conflict between London's support of socialism and his powerful self-will. Sinclair also explores the parallels and divergences between the life of Martin Eden and that of his creator, focusing on London's mental depressions and how they affected his depiction of Eden.

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London tells the story of Martin Eden, a young sailor who, through self-education and determination, rises out of poverty to passionately pursue a dream of literary and intellectual achievement. But soon he discovers a life of success is not what he hoped it would be.… (more)

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