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The Faith of Men (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack London

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A short story collection first published in 1904.
A Relic of the Pliocene
A Hyperborean Brew
The Faith of Men
Too Much Gold
The One Thousand Dozen
The Marriage of Lit-Lit
The Story of Jees Uck

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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fourth time's the charm 20 juillet 2011
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur
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The Faith of Men was Jack London's fourth collection of short stories, first published in 1904. It is probably the best collection he published during his lifetime, and certainly the best of his Klondike stories. In these eight superb tales of the North, London augments age-old traditions of storytelling with innovative plots, unique characters, and authentic local color. Reading this book is like eavesdropping on the tales traded by fur trappers, prospectors, and sled-dog mushers over a pot of whiskey-tainted coffee at a long-forgotten arctic trading post.

Though all the stories take place in or around the Yukon, they vary widely in tone. "A Relic of the Pliocene" is a lighthearted yarn in which Thomas Stevens--legendary hunter, drifter, and teller of tall tales--regales the fireside listener with his incredible first-hand account of stalking a woolly mammoth. "The One Thousand Dozen" is an edge-of-your-seat adventure about a San Francisco man who aims to make a small fortune by transporting 12,000 eggs up to famine-stricken Dawson, only to find the journey treacherous and his precious cargo constantly in peril. "Bâtard" is the story of a cruel dog and his cruel master, brought together by fate to make each other's lives a living hell as they anticipate their inevitable fatal showdown. It is one of the most brutal stories ever written by London, an author renowned for his brutal stories. These three masterpieces, though incredibly different in style, all prove that London was an absolute master of the art of storytelling at this point in his career.

The weakest story in the book is "The Marriage of Lit-Lit," simply because it's London's umpteenth take on the theme of white-hero-bargains-for-Indian-bride, though it's better written than most of his forays into that topic. In contrast, "The Story of Jees Uck," about a romance that develops between a trading post operator and a young Native American woman of mixed ancestry, is anything but stereotypical heroic fantasy. It's London's most realistic portrayal of a native/white relationship, and a touching tale of love and loyalty, masterfully told with surprising sensitivity and frankness. The other three entries in the book--"A Hyperborean Brew", "The Faith of Men", and "Too Much Gold"--are all four-star stories in their own right, and feel right at home in this stellar collection. The Faith of Men is a must read for any fan of London or any lover of classic literature who appreciates the art of the short story.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A London Collection of Both Ugliness and Resolve. 10 avril 2014
Par M. DeKalb - Publié sur
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Published in 1919 we are presented with a collection of brief stories by Jack London. The major motif across the stories is very similar: man, his hardships and follies both caused by himself, others, misprints and the inclement conditions of the Yukon Territory in Canada. The predominant settings and themes are generally related to the Klondike Gold Rush during the late 1800’s (circa-1896) to the early 1900’s, most of the characters are prospectors of some variety or another and many of their ends are taken very stoically, in standard London fashion.

Fantastic stories about the cruelty of fate, men, women abandoned, money, it’s pursuit and the great north, all of which offer an excellent expose as it relates to a man’s tenacious mindset and how sometimes it all works out; sometimes it doesn’t. This collection provides a really good mix of human ugliness and hope.

Stories include:
1. A Relic of The Pliocene.
2. A Hyperborean Brew.
3. The Faith of Men.
4. Too Much Gold.
5. The One Thousand Dozen.
6. The Marriage of Lit-Lit.
7. Batard.
8. The Story of Jees Uck.


A Relic of The Pliocene: One of two stories which stem from Thomas Stevens, an evident veteran of the Yukon territory and a man whom never outright lied but certainly embellished the truth. London relays the story Stevens had told him about how he’d personally killed off the last of the mammoths, this based upon a conversation they’d began about Steven’s fantastic moccasins. Entrapping the mammoth and running him around a track to wear him down Stevens tires him out enough to finish the job started in the name of retribution – because the mammoth had killed off his dog and her pups, an entirely new breed.

A Hyperborean Brew: Another tale about Tomas Stevens and his underling, Moosu. Having crafted alcohol and entertaining the people in therapeutic doses it opened to them the way to God. A competitor attempts this, but his liquor is weak. Moosu soon lets his power go to his head, as he was put in a Shamanic position by Stevens, and he soon begins to contest Stevens at each turn. Through many evenings Stevens wastes away the stores of meat and grains he’s acquired for sale of his brew, and he, one particular evening allows the entire village to part-take in the drunkenness. He then feigns apologetic supplication to Moosu, how has said that the meat in Stevens stores will be given them by the Gods. When there is no meat to give, as the prophet wouldn’t have suggested, the drunken and angry villagers turn on Moosu. He’s spirited away from the village by Stevens, who’s whipping him for his multitude of crimes.

The Faith of Men: Lawrence Pentfield and Corry Hutchinson, millionaire panners on the Yukon are dropping dice to see which gets to depart the encampment for the season, the other will stay behind and supervise the work. Hutchinson wins the draw and Pentfield asks a favor: find Mable Holmes and bring her to Dawson (Yukon Terr.) so that Pentfield may wed her. Sending Hutchinson off, he gets many words from him regarding his travels and finding Mabel. Then one evening he is shown an article about Hutchinson’s wedding to Mable Holmes, only a little dismayed he takes a bride of his own, a Native American woman. Encountering Corry, Mable and her sister soon after this he discovers that the papers he’d read had mistaken the sisters identities. Without the bat of an eye Pentfield informs Mable that he’s already off market, but he’s sorry about the mistake.

Too Much Gold: Kirk Mitchell and Hootchinoo Bill head back to their hometown of ‘Forty Mile’ only to find it completely deserted with the exception of one man. This man informs them that the townsfolk split because of rumors of gold in Dawson on the Bonanza Creek (Yukon Terr.). First the two vouchsafed any interest in the rush, as time elapsed they too decided it most prudent to see what the fuss was about. Having staked a plot on ‘Too Much Gold’ (think El Dorado, a mythical land) they two run hard on luck and eventually sell it to a Swede whom they had to liquor-up to make the deal. Selling the lot for $750 in gold-dust and refusing to give the money back to a now sober Swede the two are astounded to find the Swede, Andersen, with ‘too much gold.’

The One Thousand Dozen: Making plans to purchase and deliver one-thousand dozen eggs to Dawson so that he might resell them, Rasmunsen aligns all the logistical and physical material necessary to ensure this happens. The story then proceeds from one difficult hardship to another as Rasmunsen attempts to transport the eggs via sea and again via land. Arriving in Dawson and being heralded as ‘The Egg Man’ (1053) he makes a quick $1.50 PER egg! It is soon discovered that while all the eggs survived the perils of the journey they had also gone bad. Expecting to make some $18,000 and then being offered a mere $200 so they could be fed to the dogs after all the work, injury, danger and a grand idea – Rasmunsen ends the scene by taking his own life.

The Marriage of Lit-Lit: John Fox engages Snettishane, Lit-Lit’s father, in discourse about marriage. She comes at a steep price and Snettishane, the conniving fellow that he is convinces Lit-Lit to marry him. He then requests she come to him during the nights he ‘calls like a raven’ so that she may feign her unhappiness and whereby Snettishane will raise the price for her, telling Fox she is worth more than what he’d originally bequeathed. Lit-Lit fails her father’s callings because she realizes Fox is a good man and soon the calling of the ‘raven’ irritates Fox, who proceeds to shoot at the sound. Failing to kill Snettishane, he sends him off never to be heard from again.

Batard: A story about a wolf hybrid who is picked up by the most miserable man imaginable – Black Leclere. A tale of abuse where Leclere’s mission is to ‘break him’, to get Batard to submit to his whim and be a simple minded dog. The story details many of their encounters and abuses conducted to one another. Having been erroneously convicted of murder Leclere is made to stand atop a box with the noose still on while the actual culprit is sought. Here Batard has his change, and where Leclere figured his hound would precede him to hell, it is in fact the opposite.

The Story of Jees Uck: This tale is much like ‘The Faith of Men’, only Jees Uck and Neil Bonner were married prior to Bonners departure to his hometown – San Francisco. Jees Uck waits a few years, works many jobs and saves money so that she and her child ‘Neil’ or ‘Nee-al’ can travel to find Bonner. She rejects other suitors, sees her credit depreciated and through hardship finds Bonner wed to another woman. There is no effrontery, Jees Uck doesn’t acknowledge that the child is Bonner’s and his San Francisco wife doesn’t get the total picture, but he figures it out. Jees Uck returns home and the story ends with the child succeeding across many realms of his life.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 8 août 2014
Par Harold Bourquin - Publié sur
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Like London's writing style.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 good 1 décembre 2013
Par Jack Chang - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
From the content, book condition to delivery time, item price, I feel that all as good as or even better than i expected
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome Stories 18 octobre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Amazing stories. Beautifully written. Short stories don't get better then this. Will read this again and again and again and you should too.
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