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To Build a Fire | [Jack London]

To Build a Fire

"He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code) Jack London’s best short story.
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Publisher's Summary

"He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code)

Jack London’s best short story.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-27-13
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great classic."

    My son and I enjoyed this reading of this classic short story very much. It made our trip to the dentist a great experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 02-21-14
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    "never go alone in -50°"

    Written as only Jack London can...

    A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below.
    His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze.

    As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50°. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors.

    In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen...
    It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy.

    Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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