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Martin Eden (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack London

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspirational yet cautionary tale 23 juin 2011
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur
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In reward for an act of good samaritanism, Martin Eden, an uneducated working-class sailor, is invited to dinner at the home of the bourgeois Morse family. Upon first sight of lovely young Ruth Morse, he immediately falls in love with her. Over the course of the evening, Martin becomes enamored with the family's luxurious home, refined lifestyle, and cultured education, and aspires to raise himself to their level. With the intention of transforming himself into a man worthy of marrying Ruth, he sets upon a rigorous course of self-education. Soon he develops a passion for writing, and resolves to make his fortune as a man of letters.

What follows is the long, arduous journey of Martin's ascent. His struggles as an aspiring writer are totally captivating; one can't help but rejoice in his successes and agonize over his failures. The portions of the book devoted to his literary exploits are so engrossing, the romance between Martin and Ruth often seems a cumbersome distraction. Though a realist and radical in his political and philosophical writings, London was often a hopeless romantic and downright puritanical in his depictions of male/female relations. In his works women are often set on pedestals, and no one gets a higher pedestal than Ruth Morse. Even so, as Mr. and Mrs. Morse deliberate over whether Martin is worthy of their daughter, the reader finds himself wondering whether Ruth is really worthy of Martin. Thankfully, as the book progresses and the characters gain a little maturity, the relationship between Martin and Ruth becomes less idyllic and much more firmly grounded in reality. As Martin's superheroic quest for self-transformation lurches toward fruition, he comes to realize that the result of his metamorphosis is not the paradise he envisioned.

Whether you come to admire Martin or abhor him, this is an exceptionally thought-provoking novel that calls into question the inherent value of social status and intellectual achievement. What begins as a simple boy-meets-girl, rags-to-riches tale gradually progresses into a profound investigation into the complex conflicts of man vs. society, class vs. intellect, artistic integrity vs. exploitation, individualism vs. conformity, and ambition vs. complacency. This semi-autobiographical novel was Jack London's greatest attempt to break free from the ghetto of adventure fiction to which he was so often undeservedly confined, and to write the sort of philosophical literary novel one might expect from a Dickens or a Balzac. To this end he was extremely successful. Martin Eden is a life-changing read that deserves a place on any bookshelf alongside the great classics of literature.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read. 31 juillet 2013
Par A. Tetrault - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Like most people I know of Jack London's more famous novels,i.e. "White Fang" The call of the wild" etc. This book was a pleasant surprise. If you are a Jack London fan, this book is certainly worth your time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Be Careful What You Wish For 21 février 2013
Par Pinewell - Publié sur
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In recent months, I've been reading the works of Jack London. I've gone through "White Fang", "The Call of the Wild", "The Road", "A Collection of Stories", "The Jacket", "Lost Face", and most recently "Martin Eden". All of these titles are offered as free Kindle books on Amazon. By far, "Martin Eden" seems to be London's masterpiece, although I certainly haven't read all of his works. Various others here have given a description of the story but I'm glad that I didn't read those too closely prior to opening the pages. I wanted the story to be fresh and just as I don't want to watch new movie trailers, I don't want to know the plot of a book beforehand. I had never heard of this book so wasn't sure what I'd be reading only that it was highly rated by other Amazon customers. Now that I've read the book, I happily returned to this page to see what others before me had to say and to add my 5 stars.

Spoiler alert: Please stop reading now if you'd also like to read this book with no preconceived notions.

I'm glad this wasn't the first of Jack London's works that I read because I was able to see autobiographical parallels of the real Jack London to the fictionalized Martin Eden as the story went on. Certainly some of the very works I read by him in recent months had to have been snapped up for publication, just as Martin Eden's works were, regardless of their merit. Certainly threads of his other tales and life story overlap in this book. I would have been more disappointed by some of the other works I read by him after this powerful piece, too. His depiction of Martin's struggles to better himself to become worthy of his love interest, but which developed into a crazed study and work schedule with only 4 hours of nightly sleep; later deepening into anger and serious depression just when his dreams were finally coming to fruition; and finally an unpremeditated suicide wish, seem to lay out symptoms of a young man developing manic-depression (bipolar disorder). At the start, I never imagined that it would veer off into such a dark and tragic ending. I ached for him to find peace and happiness from the start of this tale to the finish! This was a very engaging work that one can probably not help to think deeply and long about well after the final page has been read.

I'm glad that Amazon offers many classics for free on the Kindle as I probably would have hesitated to break the spine of this book if I chanced an old volume on my shelves. Also, I'm thankful that my Kindle is loaded with 2 dictionaries as I found frequent need to consult them when happening upon somewhat archaic vocabulary I was unfamiliar with. I look forward to finding more works by Jack London to read in the future.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnificent 17 avril 2014
Par Anita G. Wwilkerson - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What a thrill to read this brilliant piece of literature. Never wanted to put it down. Full of life and love.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Confused 1 mars 2014
Par Jody Naberhuis - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Surprised that this is the same author that wrote Sea Wolf. The main character in that book finally realized what it meant to be alive...Mr. Eden found no reason to live. I'm somewhat disappointed in how the book ended. But don't get me wrong, it was excellently written, wonderful characters, challenged my vocabulary and the description of each scene was so detailed that I felt like I was there myself. My confusion is based totally on Jack London's other literary works. Most if not all of his characters had an intense desire to survive no matter what the situation. Oh well...can't win them all.
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