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Burning Daylight (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack London

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An action-filled story of the Yukon Territory in 1893, the surging novel of the men who gambled their lives and opened the vast Canadian North in their lust for gold, Burning Daylight was Jack London's best selling book during his lifetime. It was filmed as a First National movie starring Milton Sills with Doris Kenyon

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 409 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 248 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B004FD5MC4
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0082ZDQJW
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What a good woman can do to a bad man. 19 février 2000
Par Tom Bruce - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Burning Daylight" was Jack London's best selling book during his lifetime, yet amazingly since his death, the book has been totally neglected except for an occassional reprint, and currently it is again out of print. The book begins as a two-fisted macho adventure on the Klondike, as the hero --nicknamed Burning Daylight -- becomes the most successful entrepreneur during the Alaskan Gold Rush. However, after acheiving his fame and fortune, he finds no more challenge in the north and heads to the States for new worlds to conquer. But, first he is flim-flammed out of his fortune by Wall Streeters. However, he learns the lesson of dog-eat-dog and becomes as much of a scoundrel as those who robbed him. He ventures to California and envisons the future success of Oakland, buys property, sets up utilities and public transportation systems through overbearing and shady tactics. He begins to drink, starts to go soft in the belly, loses his good looks and vitality. And then, for the first time, he falls in love. The last third of the book charmingly relates how a good woman turns a now bad man around. It is a love story. A rousing adventure. A trieste on the ills of big business. All superbly written by Jack London. It's easy to see why this book was so popular in London's day. If you can find it, read it. It will be time well spent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Larger than life danger and a love story as well. I loved it! 20 mars 2011
Par Linda Linguvic - Publié sur Amazon.com
This novel which was serialized in the New York Herald in 1910 is a most enjoyable read. It's larger than life and set in a landscape of courageous deeds and a wide variety of dangers. It is also a tender love story and a lesson on what really matters in a world gone crazy with a lust for money and power. Jack London truly got it right and this book, which was the best selling of his works in his lifetime, is certainly worth revisiting.

In starts in the Yukon when our hero, nicknamed "Burning Daylight" loses what seems a small fortune in a poker game. To make up for his loses, he bets on a mail route he can create during the long winter months. He and his partner are then subject to cold and storm and lack of food during Alaska's dark months. But he does win his bet and that very same day goes looking for a gold mine. I shuddered at the depravations and near starvation he had to go through. And I identified with him and hoped he would win his goal. He does this. But the story is just beginning. He then goes on to move to California, where he takes other kind of chances and is soon worth millions of dollars. Life seems good for him as the years go by and he soon falls in love with his secretary. But she rejects him over and over again.

How this all plays out is the stuff of legend. It takes place in a time and a place when men took huge risks, both with body and soul. And it introduces a woman who, actually, can relate to the modern women of today.

I loved this book. It introduced a time and a place that is no more and is certainly exaggerated in true Jack London style. But I literally couldn't put it down and related to the hero as well as the woman he loved. Hooray of the author for creating a book which has indeed stood the test of time.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 You can take the man out of the Yukon, but you can't take the Yukon out of the man. 8 avril 2013
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Although he has just marked his 30th birthday, Burning Daylight is considered an old-timer among the populace of Circle City, Alaska. Long before the dawning of the Klondike Gold Rush he was hitting the snowbound trails in search of the precious yellow dust. Blessed with seemingly limitless stamina, intelligence and strength, the former Elam Harnish earned his colorful nickname from his oft-repeated, good-natured scolding to softer and lazier men reluctant to wake up and hit the trail. A born gambler, Daylight thrives in the environment of the northern wilds, where fickle fortune can make or break a man in the blink of an eye. His gambler's mentality, however, drives him to seek ever bigger stakes, prompting him to return to civilized society, settle in San Francisco, and try his hand in the world of big business.

This novel by Jack London was originally published in 1910. The first third of the book takes place in the North, and with the exception of The Call of the Wild it may be his best Klondike novel. At times it resembles a collection of scenes lifted from his early short stories, but London does a fine job of integrating these scenes into a compelling, well-crafted adventure story. Unfortunately, Burning Daylight is one of those books that gets worse as it goes along. It doesn't descend so far as to be a bad book, but Part II never quite lives up to the promise of Part I. When London writes about Daylight's financial adventures, such as hostile takeovers or stock market maneuverings, he uses so many poker and boxing metaphors it's often difficult to tell exactly what is being transacted. At times the book shows inklings of becoming a superman-versus-the-corrupt-establishment narrative, but about halfway through, Daylight finds a love interest. Though love was never London's strong suit, the relationship between Daylight and Dede is more realistic and less annoying than most of his romances, but the dialogue between the two does become tediously repetitive. Though it would have made a great subplot to the business adventure story, instead their romance dominates the latter half of the book. This unfortunate turn is easily forgiven, however, because Daylight is such a likeable and engaging character that the reader will willingly follow him anywhere.

For those familiar with London's writing, it's obvious that the hero of Burning Daylight shares many personal characteristics with his creator. Daylight is an incredibly idealized version of the already larger-than-life London. He is the man London wants to be, and he lives the life London wants to live. Even Daylight's business dealings reflect the moves London would make at a Wall Street fantasy camp. Writing this book was probably a labor of love for the author, and maybe that's why the story feels a little too happy, too pleasant, too idyllic to be satisfyingly realistic. You won't find here the pessimistic fatalism so blatant in grittier works like The Call of the Wild or Martin Eden. What Burning Daylight could use is more conflict. Nevertheless, if you find yourself in the mood for a lighter and more optimistic story, this novel might be just what you're looking for. It may be lacking in gravity, but Daylight's personal quest does impart some meaningful life lessons. Burning Daylight is not one of London's masterpieces, but it still amply displays the talents of this master storyteller, and will prove an enjoyable and satisfying read for long-time fans of London or newcomers to his work.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Hard Man Who Gives It All Up. 19 mai 2012
Par M. DeKalb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Elam Harnish, "Burning Daylight" - a man's man, a brute with great foresight and intuition making the hard-living in Alaska and the Northwest Canadian territories as a gold panner tells his tale.

Many of `Daylight's' exploits are noted by his companions and townsfolk. These deeds range from high-stake poker to record time dog sledding mail runs to building a town practically by himself after having done quite well gold prospecting.

After Daylight pretty much accomplishes all he can in Alaska he decides to try his luck in California in the business game. Here he is also quite successful with a few mishaps where people thought he could be easily duped.

Daylight gradually slides into complacency about all things except his business. He soon meets a woman and becomes smitten, but she wants nothing to do with him because she sees he's married already - to his work and he's no longer the tough, hard Alaskan man that many years ago had moved to California.

Daylight spends most of the rest of the story attempting to woo this young woman. He succeeds only after giving up everything else.

A once hard man turns soft because and for love. Not my preferential reading but at least the first three-quarters of the story was worth reading. I give it four for it's literary quality, overall.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 London is the best!! 12 mai 2011
Par Joseph T. Sigur - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
One of the greatest books I've ever read.London wrote deeply, but simply about life in a way a 20 year old, back in 1973, could understand.I Stumbled into a paperback edition, back then, with 15 cents written on the cover as what was charged for the book. Sadly, it's been lost along the way, but now I have a Kindle copy!!!
Burning Daylight is , basically, a tale of a "niechean like superman" in "turn of the century" garb. An epic story and the best "love story" I've ever read. If you like this, then head on over to "Martin Eden" for the best Tragedy ever written
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