The Cruise Of The Snark

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 172 pages
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Inspired by the examples of his heroes Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joshua Slocum, Jack London determined to sail around the world. In April 1907 he sailed from San Francisco in the forty-five-foot ketch "Snark," with his wife, Charmian, a skeleton crew, and his writing to keep him company. Beset by seasickness and tropical disease, London wrote incessantlyanot only his major autobiographical novel "Martin Eden" and numerous short stories, but also a series of sketches recording the voyage itself. These entertaining pieces, collected together into the book he called "The Cruise of the Snark," reveal Londonas indefatigable spirit and love of adventure at sea and among the Pacific islands.

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User Review  - Terry Cornell - Goodreads

Excellent chronicle of Jack London's exploits on his sail of the Pacific aboard the Snark. His descriptive writing makes you feel like part of his crew. My only complaint is that it ended too soon! Read full review

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Excellent chronicle of Jack London's exploits on his sail of the Pacific aboard the Snark. His descriptive writing makes you feel like part of his crew. My only complaint is that it ended too soon! Read full review

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About the author (2004)

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

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