Jack London is a master of the short story. Most of us have read "to build a fire" it is considered to be an iconic short story but it is so far from Jack London's best work. This collection includes some of his best. Stories like 'a piece of steak', 'an Odyssey of the north' and 'the red one' are so much better than his best known works. As in any collection they run the gamut from "brilliant" to "mediocre" but the book is worth reading the nonetheless. To be sure the culture he comes from (and thus writes from) is now deemed to be offensive. To think that any culture is better than another is taboo. But that is no reason not to read the work. Indeed if all cultures have worth, so too must cultures that disagree with that precept. It is good to see through another time and another culture's eyes. And his best stories deal with eternal questions. He is one of my favorite authors and this book has some of his best work. Works that I still sit and think "I don't know what to make of that". An excellent collection for any Jack London fan.
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