The 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. Ambrose Bierce wrote, “The great thing—and it is among the greatest of things—is that tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen… the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime… The love element, with its absurd suppressions, and impossible proprieties, is awful.” (Wikipedia)
This was another gorgeous book I’ve read.
I’ve read a few books by Jack London but this is my favorite, and I can say that this book enters in my top10 favorite books, so it’s pretty amazing, in my opinion.
I’ve read it so quickly because I couldn’t get enough of it, I was very curious what would happen next.
Humphrey van Weyden and Wolf Larsen are two very distinctive people, they are very different from each other, but books bring them together.
Humphrey is a soft person, and when he has a nearly dead experience, he is “saved” by Wolf Larsen, he is under his dominance.
He has to work for him on his ship because Larsen saved his life.
Larsen is a brutal man, who has no feelings, he almost kills Humphrey because he wants his crew to strictly follow his orders, and Humphrey didn’t know where he ends up.
He has to work very much but he’s not accustomed to working this way, so is hard for me.
Larsen sees that he’s soft and fragile and works him even more.
But something kinda changes, Larsen sees that Humphrey reads and likes books, Larsen reads too and from there, they have sort of a connection.
They talk about books a lot, but Larsen doesn’t change much, he remains that brutal man.
I encourage you to read this wonderful book, you will like it.
“But, – and there it is, – we want to live and move, though we have no reason to because it happens that it is the nature of life to live and move, to want to live and move. If it were not for this, life would be dead. It is because of this life that is in you that you dream of your immortality.”
“My mistake was in ever opening the books.”
“You stand on dead men’s legs. You’ve never had any of your own. You couldn’t walk alone between two sunrises and hustle the meat for your belly”
“I was jealous; therefore I loved.”
“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 favor. 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, there would have been no loss to the world. The supply is too large.”
“He was not immoral, but merely unmoral.”
“Pray do not interrupt me,” he wrote. “I am smiling.”
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Books I’ve read with the letter S:
- Scenes from Village Life – Amos Oz
- Seasons of the Heart/Four Complete Novels – Janette Oke
- Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres
- The Silence in the Garden – William Trevor
- The Starlight Barking – Dodie Smith
- Stick to the Raft – George Gladstone
- The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
- The Sunflower – Paul Evans Richard
- Si Nu Ne Duce Pe Noi In Ispita- Vladimir Pustan
- The Signature of all Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Set-Apart Motherhood: Reflecting Joy and Beauty in Family Life – Leslie Ludy
- The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
- Sa Radem cu Nea Marin – Amza Pellea
- Scrisoarea de Dragoste – Mihail Drumes
- The Secret of Loving – Josh McDowell
- SeinLanguage – Jerry Seinfeld
- The Shack – Paul William Young
- Someone I Loved – Anna Gavalda
- A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
- Suflet Romanesc – Dan Puric
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