Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sea Wolf

The answer to yesterday’s literary quiz is “Sea Wolf” by Jack London (kudos to Tillerman for guessing correctly) – a tremendous tale of adventure that is more than worth the read. Sea Wolf spawned one of the entertaining characters in seafaring lore, the dread Wolf Larsen. For those not familiar…”The story starts with a gentleman, a Mr. Humphrey Van Weyden taking a nice cruise on San Francisco Bay. All of but a moment, a simple twist of fate changes his life forever. The large ferry-boat he was on, the Martinez was suddenly struck by a steamboat in the dense and sometimes deadly San Francisco fog. As he was floating through the water he is picked up by the schooner Ghost whose captain is known infamously for his cruelty, Wolf Larsen. Soon he is thrust into a world of hard labor and death waiting around the corner always…”

Jack London made his home in Glen Ellen, CA (Sonoma County) for many years on the 1,500-acre Beauty Ranch.

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