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The Valley of the Moon [with Biographical Introduction] [Formato Kindle]

Jack London

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Jack London (1876-1916) was born in squalor and rose to become one of the most recognized names in American literature. London's travel and adventure stories have made him a favorite not only among young American boys, but also among scholars and authors like George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway because of his ability to infuse his writing with his own unique philosophical beliefs. As an ardent Socialist, London's views were an often overwhelming mix of Nietzsche, Marx and Darwin's theories on evolution and society, in whom he was thoroughly well-read. His 1913 novel, "The Valley of the Moon", chronicles the journey of a working-class couple, Billy and Saxon, who leave Oakland, CA in the midst of labor strife to search for suitable farmland farther north. They find what they're looking for in the Valley of the Moon, a Native American name for the Sonoma Valley, where Jack London lived on his ranch for the last part of his life.


John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 814 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 406
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1406946257
  • Editore: Digireads.com (1 aprile 2004)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B000FC1EWG
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Amazon.com: 3.9 su 5 stelle  52 recensioni
21 di 23 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle WARNING! 13 gennaio 1999
Di mbystrytsky@hotmail.com - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This book is a reprint of the 1913 edition published by Cosmopolitan Magazine. IT IS NOT A COMPLETE VERSION. Some parts, I think the most typical for Jack London, are absent. (For example sport games and fighting in Weasel Park, Chapter IV, are not present in this edition.)
I think the version can be used to comparative analysis by specialists in history of literature but if you want to take pleasure in reading I strongly recommend you to purchase another edition.
14 di 16 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle What a great book!! 30 aprile 2001
Di Dave - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I read this book after biking through a lot of the California towns London mentions. I pedaled through Glen Ellen and saw some of the missions. Since I am male, I could relate to the character of Billy. He is an early 20th century renaissance man. I never got bored with this book. It has a lot of personal meaning to me. I come from some of the "old stock" Billy and Saxon refer to. Tons of detail. I had to read it twice to get all the details. If you like northern California and want to know what it was like 100 years ago, read this.
11 di 12 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Testament of Love 31 marzo 1999
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
As in many of his books, Jack London enraptes the reader, but this time in a story of love. It is extremely refreshing because it shows the good side of true love without that sickening sweetness so many love stories have... I read this book a few years back and read it again just recently. I am SIXTEEN. This book is definetly one that many can enjoy, no matter your age.
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Pursuing dreams in a simpler age 9 luglio 1998
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Against a backdrop of the deadly struggles of organized labor in turn-of-the-century California, Jack London created an odyssey of two young lovers who pursue their dream of returning to the roots of their American pioneer ancestors. This book was originally written as a serial for Cosmopolitan magazine, and is reprinted in sections representing each issue. It is wonderfully illustrated by Howard Christy. Despite the xenophobia (quite common in the era), the book presents two compelling protagonists, and follows them in a struggle against union-busting bosses, poverty, and nature. The pages fly by.
6 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle the Super Cool Facebook Readers Club Review 14 giugno 2011
Di T. J. Plunkett - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The Valley of the Moon
Jack London

When the name Jack London is thrown around it is usually by a high school literature class pertaining to his most famous work of fiction, the Call of the Wild, but never in reference to the Valley of the Moon (VM). VM is one of Jack London's rarest books, so rare that most readers today have never heard of it. Thanks to the competition between Amazon and other companies over customers interested in e-books and e-readers books like VM once relegated to the dust bins of history are being rediscovered for free. Amazon and other companies are reissuing older books for free that cannot be or are not copy right protected any longer by one exclusive publishing company, to help lure in customers. VM is a book that Amazon offers for free, making it accessible to new generations of readers the world over. VM was originally written for Cosmopolitan Magazine in installments nearly one hundred years ago. VM is about the complexities of love and life for a working class couple in California at the dawn of the twentieth century. The love that the main characters share is so profound that it pushes them out of the working class slums of Oakland in search of their own piece of paradise dubbed the Valley of the Moon. Like most of London's works of fiction VM is an adventure story, with rich, bold characters that depicts true life down to the very language they speak.

The first striking aspect that a reader will encounter in VM is its language structure and content. In order for Jack London to give clout and realism to his characters and ultimately his book he uses the dialect and language that is truest to those characters he is writing about. In VM London is writing an adventurous love story about working class characters and thusly uses the crass, offensive and uneducated dialect and language used most often amongst the working class themselves at the time he wrote this story. Racism, sexism, xenophobia and vulgarity are commonly found in VM, not to promote oppressive ideology but to create characters that are more vibrant and true to life. Jack London's best quality as a writer is his ability to bring to the reader a description of life that is most accurate and to do so he understood that language is one of the most important ways of doing that in both structure and content.

The strong characters are the second thing readers will come across in reading VM. Jack London is known for making the characters in his stories strong and proud and the characters in VM follow London's normal writing habits as it pertains to characterization. London is also known to incorporate himself into the characters, which is the reason his characters tend to be proud and strong. Jack never one to be fond of sitting around was always adventuring throughout the world, which helped him have the experiences necessary to create rich characters that come across believable to his readers. Billy Roberts "Big Bill" one of the main characters in VM is a caricature of Jack London. Big Bill was a strong, sure footed prizefighter, whom remained calm except under the influence of alcohol, and who was completely devoted to his family. Even in the female lead we find traces of Jack. Saxon Roberts is strong in spirit and devotion that uses her mind to conquer situations instead of brawn like her husband. Saxon and Billy complement one another because they are both representations of Jack London. It is their union that gives the characters Saxon and Billy strength, each relies on the other for help at one point or another in VM whether in the working class slums of Oakland or as they tramp across the beautiful California country and sea sides, they need each other to survive.

The last important feature of VM is the adventure story itself. All of Jack London's books are adventure stories but this one is unique because it is a multi-layered adventure story. The physical escapades of Saxon and Billy as they struggle to survive in the wildness of the city and as they tramp the gentle rural areas of California are just the superficial adventures that Jack writes about. These physical adventures are necessary because they entertain the reader as well as develop the main characters. The second more elusive adventure story is the mental one that rages on between husband and wife and life and death. The mental adventure is the one most subjective to interpretation by the reader and not always necessary in a book. Books that have mental adventures or secondary adventures tend to create discussion between the various readers of the book and have a lasting impression. Secondary adventures or subplots are not always resolvable either, especially if an author never clarifies what he was striving to subliminally express in his writing. The dual adventures in VM work well together and it is this unity between the adventures that create a wonderfully complex story that keeps the reader flipping pages.

VM is a book considered to be dated and unimportant to today's readers by some critics, which is why its physical availability is limited but it is being given a second chance at redemption thanks to the e-reader wars of the current digital age. VM is a multi-layered adventure story about a working class couple in love, who finds strength in their union and dare to make a better life for themselves in the rural areas of California. The main characters Saxon and Billy are working class and use dialect and language that are very plebeian but necessary to create realism in VM. VM is a book full of strong characters that will entertain you with escapades and have you discussing its meaning with friends. VM is a book that should not be forgotten that was written by one of the greatest authors of American adventure, Jack London.

(The review above is from the Super Cool Facebook Readers Club, written by the Administrator of the group on 5/10/2011)

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