Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

by Jack London

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This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters. This format is ideal for bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL),  English Language Learners (ELL), people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This learning product is high-interest, low-readability. Readers of this version will improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848111762
Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Series: Bring the Classics to Life Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 7 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jack London was born on January 12, 1876 in a poor area of Oakland, California. He was a troubled young man who started writing at the age of twenty-four. His stories of men and animals against the environment and survival against hardships were drawn mainly from his experience. His years in the Klondike searching for gold left their mark on his best short stories, The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Sea Wolf was based on his experiences at sea. In his short life, Jack London traveled to many countries. In the course of sixteen years, he wrote nineteen novels, eighteen books of essays and short stories and many other books. He retired to his ranch near Sonoma were he died at age 40 on November 21, 1916.

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Humphrey van Weyden was going home. He was a passenger on a ship, the Martinez. Fog had rolled in, so it was not a good day for a sea journey. Humphrey stood on the deck and looked at the fog. He could not see the sky or the sea. Everything, everywhere, was gray. Another passenger walked out onto the deck and stopped to talk to Humphrey. He said, "There's danger out there. There are too many ships about. We can't see them and they can't see us. Listen - do you hear them?" Humphrey listened. He could hear bells that sounded faint and far away. Others sounded close. There were whistles, too. Some were loud, some soft. Behind him, he could hear the Martinez's whistle blowing loudly. "Those bells and whistles are telling us where other ships are," said the man. One far-off whistle became louder. The Martinez slowed. A few minutes passed. The whistle became still louder. The men could hear the other ship pass to one side. The whistle grew faint again. At last, they heard it no more.

Reading Group Guide

1. Wolf Larsen is arguably Jack London's most memorable human character. Discuss your reaction to him.

2. Carl Sandburg contends that Wolf Larsen represents "The System Incarnate, " ruthlessly discarding anything in the way of his own agenda. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Why?

3. Humphrey Van Weyden and Maud Brewster and their civilized, almost spiritual mores stand in brutal contrast to the tyrannical Larsen, providing a dichotomy that persists throughout the novel. In light of this moral conflict London explores, what do you make of the book's closing sections?

4. Many critics have discussed London's socialist leanings. How do you think this influence informs the novel, if at all?

5. What do you think is the metaphorical significance of London's depicting most of the story aboard a ship?

6. Discuss Maud Brewster's role in the book. What is her significance to Van Weyden and to Larsen?

7. Did you think Larsen's morals were inherent or learned? Why?

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