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  • Mass Market Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449300536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449300534
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has some hard to find stories that I like.
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Not Just Wolf Stories 22 Feb. 2009
By Philip W. Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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The Best Short Stories of Jack London
As I enter my second childhood, I am re-reading my favorites from my first childhood. Right now I have a shelf of books checked out from the Library: Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe and Jack London. London could write about watching paint dry and make it interesting. His reporter's eye missed nothing; he had a gift of observation and recording life. From his oystering days in San Francisco, to gold panning in the Klondike, to the South Seas, he was a masterful writer. Occasionally his socialist moralizing becomes tedious, as in "People of The Abyss", but for plain exposition he has few equals.
London was one of those fortunate writers who achieved fame and considerable wealth in his lifetime, which ended at the age of forty.
This collection contains some of the best of his short stories."The Story of Keesh," "The League of the Old Men," and "To Build A Fire" among them.
After reading the latter, I know I'm not going out in the woods without a down sleeping bag, propane stove, and GPS.
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Excellent Writing. 25 Oct. 2005
By James B. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Occasionally a writer creates a story that is both horrible and wonderful; TO BUILD A FIRE is one of these stories. Reading it I thought of some negative criticism I had recently read about London's writing. I think the critic is full of it. TO BUILD A FIRE and much of London's writing is high octane, powerful stuff.
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Jack London 31 Dec. 2010
By Amy J. Barnhart - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't read any Jack London since high school, do yourself a favor and try " To Build a Fire". What a brilliantly crafted story. So much of London you have to be older to understand and appreciate. These are all definitely worth a revisit. I think you'll be surprised.
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Some seminal tales from a master storyteller... 8 May 2008
By Schmathan - Published on Amazon.com
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For all their moods of isolation, Jack London crafted some soulful stories filled with a kind of humanity that is outside of conventional terms. All of these stories are worth delving into, often more than once even, but the opener 'To Build a Fire' packs a whallop to the gut that has never left me. The narrator's struggle to keep warm, originally one of pride and daring that slowly is reduced to one of futility says all that needs to be evoked about the cold, merciless disposition of Mother Nature towards a sole human being struggling to overcome, but if you are a glass half-full person, as I have known to be on occasion, you just might find the beauty an' enormity of the world around you in even such a tragedy. I am no socialist or existentialist (in fact I'm a Christian) but I find much of worth in Jack London's writings. This is a good place to start.
Great Collection. 15 Sept. 2013
By XCrement - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the normal no though top 5 London stories put into a cheap paperback; but a clever mix of stories that illustrate his dynamic and nostalgic writing style. This book will be in my library for the rest of my life.
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