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Before Adam (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack London

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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0083ZG9WM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An australopithecine delight 1 février 2012
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur
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Before Adam is a science fiction novel by Jack London, first published in 1907. It is based around Darwin's theory of evolution and the idea of racial memory. The narrator is a self-described "freak of nature" who has the ability to consciously experience the ancestral memories of a distant progenitor. By day he's a typical San Francisco gentleman living in the early twentieth century. By night, however, in his dreams, he becomes this prehistoric ancestor, whom he refers to as Big-Tooth. This bygone ancestor was an evolutionary link between ape and man, between tree dweller and ground dweller, who inhabited a primeval wilderness at times idyllic, at times harsh. Big-Tooth is a member of the Cave People, also known amongst themselves simply as the Folk. These creatures are more evolutionarily advanced than their neighbors, the simian Tree People, yet not as advanced as the Fire People, a more human-like species that wears animal skins, builds fires, and hunts with bow and arrow. Through the memories of Big-Tooth, the reader is introduced to other members of the Folk, including his best friend Lop-Ear, his nemesis Red-Eye, and the love of his life, the Swift One. These australopithecine humanoids spend most of their time gathering food and engaging in social play. On rare occasions they may make a ground-breaking discovery like gourds can be used to carry things or logs can be used to float down a river. Big-Tooth and his companions live in a dangerous world, however, and they must be ever vigilant against attacks by saber-toothed tigers, giant snakes, the mysterious Fire People, or each other.

London was fascinated by evolution, and his zealous enthusiasm for the subject really shines through in this novel which must have been a labor of love for him. He constructs a detailed, naturalistic recreation of the daily lives of these early hominids, based upon the latest science of his time, which doesn't seem to be too far off from what we now know a century later. London also manages to create distinct, memorable characters of these creatures, each with an individual personality, much as he had done previously with dogs in his Klondike novels. From the simple lives of these apemen London crafts an exciting and absorbing story loaded with drama and adventure. The commentary of the modern narrator also adds an interesting perspective to the book, as he uses biological science and evolutionary theory to speculate as to the reason for his bizarre ability to recall these prehistoric memories.

The world of Before Adam is founded on a mixture of sound science and sci-fi speculation. There's nothing utterly profound about this novel, but it does provide a lively and enjoyable reading experience. The eighteen short chapters breeze by in a flash, and the ending comes all too soon. One really becomes engaged in the simple joys, fears, and loves of these subhuman characters. This novel is a shining example of how London used his prodigious skills as a writer and his vivid, audacious imagination to transcend the typical boundaries of the adventure fiction genre and create original, compelling work that stands the test of time.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 cool early sci-fi 5 octobre 2012
Par Lloegyn - Publié sur
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London wins major creativity points for this exciting and bizarre novel. Much of the best science fiction ever written came from this time period, and "Before Adam" is no exception. Based on the science of evolution and race memory, London wove together a vivid picture of early hominid life. However, the prehistoric tale by itself would have lagged if not for insights delivered by the 1900s protagonist with respect to his primitive alter-ego. Altogether, a very enjoyable novel for the scientifically-inclined, and those with a keen interest in early man. Just keep in mind that this novel more closely resembles a scientific treatise than an adventure story.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Suprisingly, the author's references to the different hominid types ... 12 avril 2015
Par Jim B. - Publié sur
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Suprisingly, the author's references to the different hominid types is not that far off from recent anthropological findings. Jack intros his knowledge as coming from reading Darwin. Regardless of some scientific differences from the latest thinking, this is still a rousing story. It told in period language in an example of written art. After all, this is Jack London.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting 6 mars 2015
Par Eduardo Romero - Publié sur
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This book was a great, entertaining read. i know, is filled with outdated science, but interesting to read the point of view of someone so close to the origins of the evolution theory by Darwin. I really recommend this book to any enthusiast of evolution theory.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Scientifically outdated 29 novembre 2014
Par deb - Publié sur
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I know we are talking about Jack London, but it's clear that he was no scientist. He obviously embraced Darwinism, and the tone reflects the accepted "scientific" thinking of the time.
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