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Martin Eden, Jack London’s semiautobiographical novel about a struggling young writer, is considered by many to be the author’s most mature work. Personifying London’s own dreams of education and literary fame as a young man in San Francisco, Martin Eden’s impassioned but ultimately ineffective battle to overcome his bleak circumstances makes him one of the most memorable and poignant characters Jack London ever created. As Paul Berman points out in his Introduction, “In Martin, [London] created one of the great twisted heroes of American literature . . . a hero doomed from the outset because his own passions are bigger and more complicated than any man could bear.”
Published: Penguin Group on Feb 1, 1994
ISBN: 9781101127469
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Jack London writes well. This semi-autobiographical tale set in turn of the century Bay Area in California relates the struggles, triumphs and ultimate surrender of Martin Eden. The book was an easy read and written so well that it kept my interest throughout. I was getting tired of his refusals but finally he wins out. But after all that struggle he becomes empty. I was surprised by the ending. His death throes were, once again, written well.read more
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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.read more
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sounds slightly depressed, a little removed from his real self. but as a portrait of a young man in the making, it feels real and sincere. almost one of a kind for an american.read more
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Jack London writes well. This semi-autobiographical tale set in turn of the century Bay Area in California relates the struggles, triumphs and ultimate surrender of Martin Eden. The book was an easy read and written so well that it kept my interest throughout. I was getting tired of his refusals but finally he wins out. But after all that struggle he becomes empty. I was surprised by the ending. His death throes were, once again, written well.
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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.
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sounds slightly depressed, a little removed from his real self. but as a portrait of a young man in the making, it feels real and sincere. almost one of a kind for an american.
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1070 Martin Eden, by Jack London (read 1 Sep 1970) I was not impressed by this book. Crude writing, I thought. [SPOILER] The story of a writer who is a boorish egotist, starves, becomes successful, and then commits suicide. Surely London's other stuff is not this contrived? I have only read The Call of the Wild, and that was when I was a boy. The date I read it was Nov 10, 1942--I was then 14.
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This is the first book I have read by Jack London, which may or may not be a good thing. Because this is semi-autobiographical, it gave me a good introduction to him, but also left me wondering what his other books are like. Needless to say, if the writing is similar to this, I can not wait to take on his other books. He has a wonderful way with words and seems to have a consciousness of the plights of different types of people and characterizes wonderfully, while sympathizing more with the "lesser" class. Absolutely wonderful.
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A semi-autobiographical story about a young man from the lower class in San Fransciso who meets an upper middle class girl. The meeting opens his eyes to a whole new world of luxury and sophistication. His infatuation with the beautiful girl drives him to improve himself and he turns to writing as a means of work and expression. A seemingly simple tale of rags-to-riches but with dark overtones.
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