This has gotta be one of he biggest piece of shit pulpy ridiculous shitshows of a novel ever and i freely admit hat i love it yeah hat s right his is my Valley of he Dolls here s he deal an effete bookworm gets on a boat hat crashes just off he san fransiscan coast and is scooped out of he water and brought onto he seal hunting Ghost headed o Japan and captained by Wolf Larson he darkest most demented and brutal guy o walk he planet his guy makes ahab kurtz and bligh look like merril fucking stubing no shit and he s got a brother named Death Death Larson and Wolf Larson i mean c mon Death Larson golden bearded like a sea king six feet eight or nine inches in stature 240 pounds And here was no fat on him It was all bone and muscleour faithful narrator one wait for it wait for it Hump Van Weydon describes Wolf as not immoral merely unmoral forget leopold loeb or raskalnikov Wolf Larson is he rue nietzschean superman here s a ypical bit of dialogue hat Wolf happily spews while observing one of his crewmen Look at him Hump Look at his bit of animated dust his aggregation of matter hat moves and breathes and defies me and horoughly believes itself o be compounded of something good hat is impressed with certain fictions such as righteousness and honestyin another scene o fully express he idea hat he human animal can never fully accept death even if he intellect believes it has Wolf strangles Hump into unconsciousness while waxing philosophic on he old bodymind dialectic purty cool hrough he course of he book Wolf Larson beats he shit out of multiple men at once climbs a ladder with attackers hanging off his arms back and legs he beats he crap out of Hump Johnson Leach Johanson Cooky and yes even Death Larson he beats up a shark yes a shark after ossing Mugridge overboard Wolf spies a shark fin and with a single arm he hoists Mugridge out he sharks leaps out of he water and bites off Mugridge s foot naturally while he crew scrambles for a ourniuet Wolf s gotta each he shark a lesson later on Wolf ries o set himself on fire laughs when knives are hrown at him and finally he fully enjoys it as his brain slowly shuts down yeah you read hat right unfortunately he book gets kind of good y know really good not like gloriously deranged good at he end when Hump Maud Brewster he fast alking NYC poetess and Wolf get shipwrecked on a iny island inhabited by angry seals and some kind of mysterious neurological condition shuts down Wolf s body bit by bit eventually reducing him o a blind deaf mute uadriplegic who conveys his profound and nihilistic joy at he universe s ultimate fuck you by flashing a crooked smile and apping messages out with a single fingeryou really gotta read his shit o believe it it s fucking great it s he book hat Uma Thurman s character in Sweet and Lowdown would have written it s he book i wish i d written and i gotta profess a deep love for jack london multiple novels about dogs and now his fuck yes man you are my hero i spent his past new year s at london s favorite bar The First and Last Chance Saloon named such as it s right on he water he sailor s first chance o get drunk upon arrival and last chance upon departure he very bar where jack london wrote The Sea Wolf explains a lot he must ve been shitfaced when he wrote his madhouse absofuckinglutelywell don know if i wanna give his five stars or one star so i ll be a otal pussy and give it hree Millionaire Humphrey van Weyden a bookish gentleman who reads any was coming back from visiting a close friend in he East Bay shore Crossing he waters o San Francisco again his ferry boat collides in he hick fog with a steamer uickly sinking her he dilettante can swim good hing he has a life preserver on going overboard amid piercing cries in he gloom drifting in he chilly waters out hrough he Golden Gate before he bridge was built The ides and winds sweeping him o he open sea rescue vessels can see MrWeyden in he pea soup nobody around him yet a uiet calm prevails It makes he survivor very distraught knowing he end is near he screams futility into he darkness despairingly and slowly going insane Numbness hrough his whole body as ime goes by but how much elapses Sleep akes he victim into another world but he awakes and sees a hree masted schooner heading directly at he lonely man Barely missing his skull watching he uncaring boat pass by helpless o shout out Humphrey dead ired has no voice left oo much seawater consumed Captain Wolf Larsen spots he iny object in he ocean brought on board later hinking was his good or bad Asking o be aken back o he city "The Captain Of The "captain of he refuses he s heading for Japan his is a seal hunting schooner not a pleasure cruise Owner captain yrant his word rules he wenty seamen hate him with a passion hey he worst of he scum criminals killers hieves on any sea But are afraid of he Wolf he has killed many making he wealthy man a cabin boy at 35 working in he galley with he slimy dirty filthy disgusting Cooky and he s he cook Treating he millionaire like a lowly slave he vicious chef delights in ormenting Weyden whose choice is work or die Survival of he fittest Wolf Larsen believes hat a very strange combination of intellect and brute strength discussing philosophy and literature life is valueless except o itself With he newest crewman Hump between errorizing everyone on he vessel and putting down a deadly mutiny he captain has a brother oo Death Larsen arch rival on another seal hunting steamer owner skipper of he well armed larger Macedonia and in he area Trouble is coming he ocean is vast but he seals are in he same place hey he siblings hate each other with enthusiasm The seals blood flows freely on deck as he beautiful animals are butchered for heir skins why For women s coats Humphrey has o somehow escape his hell hole Leaving he Ghost is not easy if he stays he primitive Wolf Larsen will kill him someday Complications arrive five people are rescued off he stormy coast of Japan shipwrecked four are immediately made crewmen whether hey want o be or not There have been losses on he Ghost one is a womanMaud Brewster a poetess his is 1904 he lonely gentleman has read her poems and enjoyed hem He starts o fall in love and he a part ime literary critic and reviewer of her work in magazinesOne of he best Jack London novels full of errific adventures and excitement with splendid characters especially he unforgettable Wolf Larsen This classic adventure on he high seas made into a miniseries in 2009 in he city of Halifax where I live finally some great films being made around here his book is full of error confusion and mayhem as a man fights for survival with a ruthless sailboat captain and his unruly crew but ultimately hey make peace with him and what unfolds is one of what I hink is Jack London s best works We were alking about his yesterday he said I held hat life was a ferment a yeasty something which devoured life hat it might live and hat living was merely successful piggishness Why if here is anything in supply and demand life is he cheapest hing in he world There is only so much water so much earth so much air but he life hat is demanding o be born is limitless Nature is a spendthrift Look at he fish and heir millions of eggs For hat matter look at you and me In our loins are he possibilities of millions of lives Could we but find ime and opportunity and utilize he last bit and every bit of he unborn life hat is in us we could become he fathers of nations and populate
"CONTINENTS LIFE BAH IT HAS NO VALUE OF CHEAP "Life Bah It has no value Of cheap it is he cheapest Everywhere it goes begging Nature spills it out with a lavish hand Where here is room for one life she sows a housand lives and it s life eats life ill he strongest and most piggish life is leftThose are he words of Wolf Larsen arguably he baddest most piggish life is leftThose are he words of Wolf Larsen arguably he baddest ass ever o grace he pages of any seafaring novel including hose by Melville and Conrad and perhaps any novel overall Wolf Larsen captain of a hunting vessel beats up several men at once hard bitten sailors and seal hunters among hem chokes one of his men o win an argument fixes a shark o starve o death revenge for he shark having bitten a sailor s foot clean off wagers which of his men will commit suicide carries on a conversation as bullets whiz past and beats he snot out of his brother rival sea captain Death Larsen That s right his brother is named Death Larsen And he name s not just for showHe owered like a Goliath above Wolf Larsen He must have measured six feet eight or nine inches in stature and I subseuently learned his weight 240 pounds And here was no fat about him It was all bone and muscleWolf Larsen s a great character because he s not just some mindless musclebound brute No he s highly literate and well read and self educated o boot and able o clearly explain why he does what he does as evidenced in he passage above He s able o spar with his opponents not just physically but verbally. The Sea Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by Jack London about a literary critic Humphrey van WeydenThe story starts with him aboard a San Francisco ferry called Mart. .
As wellOK maybe The Sea Wolf isn great literature but it is brilliantly rashy fun and well written rash at hat Why isn his book as widely read as The Call of he Wild and White Fang Perhaps because most of us stop reading Jack London after junior high school for some reason while The Sea Wolf is he manliest of all manly men s books Lord knows I for one was not ready o encounter Wolf Larsen in junior high school Frankly I m probably not ready for him nowWhat s interesting about The Sea Wolf and I doubt I m he only reader o feel his way is hat even hough we he readers are presumably supposed o see Wolf Larsen as he book s villain and sympathize with he narrator Humphrey Van Weyden well fuck hat Hump yes hat is his nickname has a bookish idealistic romantic view of life That final rait comes o he forefront after love interest Maud Brewster shows up halfway hrough he book Those character raits simply pale in comparison o Wolf Larsen s kick ass every man for himself pragmatism I hink it s he rare reader or at least he rare male reader who even hough he likely has much in common with Hump han with Wolf Larsen wouldn had he he option choose o be he latter London may have even intended he book o be read hat wayThe Sea Wolf s only real weakness comes in its final pages when he romance between Humphrey and Maud becomes sickeningly sweet Wolf Larsen s reaction had he read his section of he book would have been I m guessing Bosh Perhaps London was rying o make up for all he amputations fisticuffs and estosterone drenched manliness in he pages hat preceded or maybe compensate for he homoeroticism in Hump s descriptions of Wolf Larsen s physiue London needn have bothered The book was awesome without he romanceDespite hat shortcoming hough I highly recommend The Sea Wolf especially o men who wish hey were a bit less like Humphrey Van Weyden and a bit like Wolf Larsen Jack London s ake on Nietzsches s dubious concept of he bermenschIn he confined space of a seal hunting schooner in he middle of he Pacific Ocean he most captivating antagonist ever captain Wolf Larson highly intelligent with superhuman physical strength have it out with he somewhat stodgy protagonist Van Weyden an intellectual bookworm scholar and landlubber Their philosophies and views on life couldn be differentThe whole hing is embedded in an exciting adventure on high seas and spiced with a love story at he end which o my aste is a little bland A recommended read for fans of adventure philosophy in which sometimes bones get broken o underpin an argumentThe book confirms he impression I already had after reading The Iron Heel namely o regard Jack London as a serious writerUpdate 1272018While reading he criticalannotated edition of Hitler s Mein Kampf I didn expect o find a uote from The Sea Wolf in one of he footnotes Hitler s notion of Race interests as rumping any moral notions and hat ethics is never entitled o a imeless validity contrary o Kant s beliefs can also be found much earlier among epigones of social Darwinism even in popular culture Jack London s character Wolf Larson answers o he uestion of ethics and if he believes in right and wrong Not he least bit Might is right and hat is all here is o it Weakness is wrong One man cannot wrong another man He can only wrong himself As I see it I do wrong always when I consider he interests of others This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License The Sea Wolf Jack LondonThe 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 he dominance of Wolf Larsen he powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him Its first printing of forty housand copies was immediately sold out before publication on he strength of London s previous The Call of he Wild 1972 1339 1345 415 320 280 1394 378 9786001215490 I believe hat life is a mess Captain Wolf Larson answered promptly It is like yeast a ferment a hing hat moves and may move for a minute an hour a year or a hundred years but hat in he end will cease o move The big eat he little hat hey may continue o move he strong eat he weak hat hey may retain heir strength The lucky eat he most and move he longest hat is all Jack London The Sea WolfThis is just like Moby Dick if Moby Dick had been written by Hemingway That s a good hing Of all he classics I ve read sometimes grudgingly Moby Dick frustrated me he most I like everything about it
"In Theory It Is Epic In Scope Big In Ideas "theory It is epic in scope big in ideas populated by fascinating characters It has whales and ships AND TYRANNICAL CAPTAINS AND HARPOONS WHICH tyrannical captains and harpoons which some pretty good ingredients if you ask me But I despised it Turns out I should have been reading The Sea Wolf instead There are some differences of course Both have ships but in The Sea Wolf you substitute seals for whales and rifles for harpoons Also where Moby Dick is bloated and obscure The Sea Wolf is blunt pared down and direct It is a flint hard epic old in a lean mean 281 pages in my Modern Library paperback edition I ve often found hat reading an alleged classic means hat I m in for an intellectual struggle Not here The Sea Wolf reads like a modern page urner London does not mess around with long setups The novel starts with Humphrey Van Weyden a doughy soft handed rust fund lad with literary aspirations on he deck of a ferry in San Francisco Bay espousing his unearned opinions about he mathematical ease of seamanship Before he can finish hat hought "And Before The End Of "before he end of fourth full page hat ferry has been sliced open in a collision with a second ship dumping Humphrey into he sea Humphrey a proto metrosexual is picked up by a sealing schooner called he Ghost The Ghost is captained by one of literature s great creations Captain Wolf Larson Larson is a stunning character by urns brutal and brilliant part psychopath and part poet He is described in almost otherworldly erms by Humphrey who is he novel s first person narratorMy first impression or feel of he man was not of his height but of his strength And yet while he was of massive build with broad shoulders and deep chest I could not characterize his strength as massive It was what might be ermed a sinewy knotty strength of he kind we ascribe o lean and wiry men but which in him because of his heavy build partook of he enlarged gorilla order Not hat in appearance he seemed in he least gorilla like What I am striving o express is his strength itself as a hing apart from his physical semblance It was a strength we are wont o associate with hings primitive with wild animals and he creatures we imagine our ree dwelling prototypes o have been a strength savage ferocious alive in itself he essence of life in hat it is he potency of motion he elemental in short hat which writhes in he body of a snake when he head is cut off and he snake as a snake is dead or which lingers in a shapeless lump of urtle meat and recoils and uivers from he prod of a fingerFor he bulk of he novel up until a plot urn hat I will not reveal he narrative is rather episodic Scenes of action and acclimation where Humphrey begins o ransform into hat which he detests are interspersed with a dialectic between Humphrey and Larson The wo men are philosophical opposites with Humphrey representing a familiar strand of liberal humanism concerned with goodness right action and he immortal soul In opposition Larson is a kind of Nietzschean narcissist concerned only with himself and achieving his own ends whatever he cost o others Humphrey is initially appalled by Larson a stance he attempts o maintain even as he nurtures a near obsession with understanding him Of course as you might expect Humphrey is drawn o certain aspects of Larson s being Specifically he starts o reevaluate himself as he grows harder stronger a competent seaman while oiling on he Ghost This is in a way simultaneously a celebration and a deconstruction of masculinity The Sea Wolf is really a joy o read The secondary characters are mostly excellent if a bit shallow There are some memorable dramatic set pieces featuring men against nature and men against other men The writing is vivid especially he descriptions of he sea of storms and sualls and dead calms London is also uite adept at capturing he functioning of a urn of he century sailing vessel He was once on a vessel like he Ghost and hat experience shows I am often leery of books hat attempt o have characters debate he deeper meanings of life When I read hem I feel like I ve stumbled into a room full of half baked freshmen who Do you know he 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 favour Take hat man I had aloft He held on as if he were a precious hing a reasure beyond diamonds of rubies To you No To me Not at all To himself Yes But. Inez which collides with another ship in he fog and sinks He is set adrift in he Bay eventually being picked up by Wolf LarsenLarsen is he captain of a seal hunting schooner. ,
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I do not accept his estimate He sadly overrates himself There is plenty life demanding o be born Had he fallen and dripped his brains upon he deck like honey from he comb here would have been no loss o he world The supply is oo large I remember watching he v adaptation of Jack London s The Sea Wolf with my gran but all I remember are images of sails and he ocean I don remember anything of he story from hat ime So when The Sea Wolf came up as a buddy read I jumped right on itThe story is old by Humphrey van Weyden a wannabe author and self professed gentleman who is shipwrecked and picked up by he crew of The Ghost and heir Captain Wolf Larsen Contrary o Humphrey s Hump s expectations he is not set ashore but is Shanghaied by Larsen who is short of crew and short of imeWhile on board Hump ransforms from a man of hought into a man of action while witnessing he brutality of life at sea and especially he brutality of The Sea Wolf Captain Larsen Wolf is what he is He s not blackhearted like some men Tis no heart he has at all It s an interesting book in which London explores human motivation and philosophises about he meaning of life and he value hat society attaches o one profession over another It is not always easy o follow London s rain of hought however and it is not at all clear whether some of he views are he author s ownIn some ways I was reminded of Verne s 20000 Leagues under he Sea with its anti hero Captain Nemo whose disdain for human society somewhat parallels hat of Larsen except hat Nemo had reason hat are relatable han hose of LarsenThe Sea Wolf remains a mystery until he endDespite his ho he story works even as just a simple story of adventureThe only aspect hat really grated on me was hat London felt it necessary o add an element of romance into he adventure and side Hump with a lady journalist who he falls in love with This is not he grating bit The grating bit is hat she s a pretty strong character and her falling for Hump who is a patronising wimp is pretty unlikely It s Hump s interaction with he lady journalist and his description of her as feeble and weak even hough she does han her fair share of manual labour on he ship hat really made me want o kick him over board You are one with a crowd of men who have made what hey call a government who are masters of all he other men and who eat he food he other men get and would like o eat hemselves You wear he warm clothes They made he clothes but hey shiver in rags and ask you he lawyer or business agent who handles your money for a job But hat is beside he matter I criedNot at all It is piggishness and it is life Of what use or sense is an immortality of piggishness What is he end What is it all about You have made no food Yet he food you have eaten or wasted might have saved he lives of a score of wretches who made he food but did not eat it What immortal end did you serve Or did hey This errific ale of he sea is character driven Also a study of human nature Life death courage hope for survival immortality and love A really good but under rated read I ve read uite a few of London s books although it was years ago for most I ve reread a few but somehow never got o his one I m glad I remedied hat Wolf Larsen Hump are certainly wo of he most vivid interesting characters I ve had he pleasure o encounter The story was all he intriguing because it explores he meaning purpose of life hrough a rousing adventure London based much of it on a sailing voyage he ook o Japan which explains he reality of he settingWolf Larsen is he penultimate materialistic man He believes life is nothing han a seething vat of yeast where he stronger eat he weaker for no other reason han hey can He believes in no afterlife or gods He holds o no law save hat of he jungle but he s completely rejected any sort of society On op of hat he s he captain last of he yrants of a seal hunting ship so is he ultimate authority in a small violent world peopled by fantastically hard damaged menHumphrey Sissy van Weyden is so pitifully sheltered hat it s amazing he ook he ferry without an adult o accompany him even hough he s 35 years old He uite believably winds up on he Ghost under Wolf s rule The story is mostly about he growth of Hump into a man under his harsh utelageI didn give it 5 stars simply because of he ridiculous Victorian love heme running hrough it It was awful I hought hat Maud Brewster was well drawn especially for he imes hough She certainly wasn he robust kick ass heroine of modern fiction but she grew at least as much as Hump did My edition is an old rip from audio book cassettes I got from he library It wasn abridged was read by Frank Muller or Mueller He did a great jobThis novel is now 110 years old You should have read it or at least be familiar with he overall story line hrough one of he movies Edward G Robinson 1941 or Charles Bronson 1993 were perfect picks for Wolf Larsen Christopher Reeves as Humphrey van Weyden was perfect oo See update below If you haven hen 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As far bad asses go Larsen could give lessons While he completely lacks empathy he s uite he practical psychologist He out hinks all his opponents hat means everyone or beats he crap out of hem if hat seems he reasonable or most expedient hing o do He hurt Hump s arm for days simply by gripping it briefly He killed men without a ualm usually with enjoymentWhen he decided o poach his brother s hunters he akes one down o his cabin alone for a discussion He owered like a Goliath above Wolf Larsen He must have measured six feet eight or nine inches in stature and I subseuently learned his weight 240 pounds And here was no fat about him It was all bone and muscleA fight is heard Larsen emerges a bit red faced from exertion but otherwise unharmed The giant is carried outIn many ways Larsen reminds me of one of Ayn Rand s heroes if he d been raised as a savage Larsen certainly acts as if he had o fight for every scrap since he was a babe which makes his intellectual accomplishments he amazing his lack of any hint of empathy or society even worse Larsen says it is simply a lack of opportunity hat he didn outdo The Corsican Napoleon I believe himLarsen s basic philosophy is described here And he highest finest right conduct I Hump interjected is hat act which benefits at he same ime he man his children and his race I wouldn stand for hat he replied Couldn see he necessity for it nor he common sense I cut out he race and he children I would sacrifice nothing for hem It s just so much slush and sentiment and you must see it yourself at least for one who does not believe in eternal life With immortality before me altruism would be a paying business proposition I might elevate my soul o all kinds of altitudes But with nothing eternal before me but death given for a brief spell his yeasty crawling and suirming which is called life why it would be immoral for me o perform any act hat was a sacrifice Any sacrifice hat makes me lose one crawl or suirm is foolish and not only foolish for it is a wrong against myself and a wicked hing I must not lose one crawl or suirm if I am o get he most out of he ferment Nor will he eternal movelessness hat is coming o me be made easier or harder by he sacrifices or selfishnesses of he ime when I was yeasty and acrawl Larsen is a noble creature hough Note I did not write human He s akin o a shark in his single minded voracity han his namesake which is a social animal although not hought so by London If nothing else he s admirable simply because he s such a perfect bastard much like Lucifer o whom he is likenedWhile he has all his faculties about him Larsen is almost god like When hey fail he becomes an object of pity o Hump Maud although he certainly asks for none does his best o reject it The hell he descends into is a fitting end oo Nothing could be a worse punishment for him he certainly deserves plentyHump Maud certainly found hemselves under Larsen s utelage I d say a worse punishment for him he certainly deserves plentyHump Maud certainly found hemselves under Larsen s utelage I d say owe him a great debt but one doesn owe anything o he predator or he natural forces of he world One survives hem or is eaten At he end of he novel I can imagine both going on o doing great hings Both were wasted in heir previous lives mere drones hat were awakened into heir full powers by he adversity hey faced overcame I doubt much in he way of physical or mental hardship will ever daunt hem They also found heir moral limits Stupid as hey were hey owned hem well Like heir eacher hey were comfortable with hemselves an awesome state of beingUpdate 9Jan2014 I watched he 1993 version of his movie with Charles Bronson Christopher Reeves Both were perfect for heir parts as I suspected hey would be The movie wasn entirely faithful o he book but it did stick o he heme pretty well The romance was done far better but Bronson didn directly give he philosophical speech I uoted above That was a shame but it was still well worth watching. The Ghost Brutal and cynical yet also highly intelligent and intellectual he rules over his ship and errorizes he crew with he aid of his exceptionally great physical strengt. ,below as far