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Les vagabonds du rail de Jack London
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Les vagabonds du rail (1907 original; edició 1978)

de Jack London

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In 1894, an eighteen-year-old Jack London quit his job shoveling coal, hopped a freight train, and left California on the first leg of a ten thousand-mile odyssey. His adventure was an exaggerated version of the unemployed migrations made by millions of boys, men, and a few women during the original "great depression of the 1890s. By taking to the road, young wayfarers like London forged a vast hobo subculture that was both a product of the new urban industrial order and a challenge to it. As London's experience suggests, this hobo world was born of equal parts desperation and fascination. "I went on 'The Road,'" he writes, "because I couldn't keep away from it . . . Because I was so made that I couldn't work all my life on 'one same shift'; because-well, just because it was easier to than not to." The best stories that London told about his hoboing days can be found in The Road, a collection of nine essays with accompanying illustrations, most of which originally appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine between 1907 and 1908. His virile persona spoke to white middle-class readers who vicariously escaped their desk-bound lives and followed London down the hobo trail. The zest and humor of his tales, as Todd DePastino explains in his lucid introduction, often obscure their depth and complexity. The Road is as much a commentary on London's disillusionment with wealth, celebrity, and the literary marketplace as it is a picaresque memoir of his youth.… (més)
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The Road de Jack London (1907)

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A great find. Learned alot about JL, the 1890's, and the way America used to be. An honest telling of his days being a 'profesh' hobo and by default about an America long gone buy. He lived during the times of reaction to the Robber Barons. Probably not too popular because JL was an obvious racist but most from that time were. He only lived to 40 but he squeezed a lot out of hos life for sure. ( )
  JBreedlove | Apr 16, 2020 |
London's tale of life on the road as a hobo in the 1890s isn't nearly as harrowing as similar tales from the 20th century, especially during the Depression. But it is quite interesting as it describes his initiation to the hobo life and some of the skills he developed. The book sidetracks into a few non-hobo passages, most of which also highlight the author's prowess. While he is certainly boasting of his cleverness throughout the book, he doesn't do so in an annoying way. We learn a lot about human nature here, and London, whom I have not widely read, is a very engaging, modern-sounding author. Recommended! ( )
  datrappert | Aug 13, 2019 |
I read this on Serial Reader, 18 issues. It was interesting. It's a memoir by author Jack London telling about his life as a hobo. I can't imagine anybody wanting to live like that! He stows away on trains, begs for food, runs from police, all just for the fun of it. The jargon got to be a bit much after a while. But it was an interesting nonfiction read. ( )
  Aseleener | Mar 24, 2018 |
I read this to complete the Sonoma County Library's Winter Reading Program Challenge. Jack London would not have been my first choice for a book to read. I did find this much better and more interesting than I had anticipated. This is Jack London's stories of being a hobo on the railroad from the time he was about 16 to I'm not sure exactly when. It was a page turner. Some funny bits and lots of adventure. Not a life I would want to try. I'm glad such a good writer was able to share it with me. ( )
  njcur | Feb 4, 2016 |
Sketches of people, places and events by a teenage London who rode the rails during the 1890s looking for adventure. He begged, stole and generally whatever he could do to get by without working (even if it was work). London provides lots of flavor in the slang used by hobos, and interesting details of riding the rails during the golden age. Remarkable how innocent and simple the times were, yet also brutal. I've read better tramping memoirs from this period, this one has good moments and some snoozers. Most significant for biographical details about London but still worthwhile for adventuresome stories. ( )
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"Speakin' in general, I 'ave tried 'em all,

The 'appy roads that take you o'er the world.

Speakin' in general, I 'ave found them good
For such as cannot use one bed too long,

But must get 'ence, the same as I 'ave done,

An' go observin' matters till they die."

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There is a woman in the state of Nevada to whom I once lied continuously, consistently, and shamelessly, for the matter of a couple of hours.
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When a man is paralleling your mental processes, ditch him. Abruptly break off your line of reasoning, and go off on a new line.
Perhaps the greatest charm of tramp-life is the absence of monotony. In Hobo Land the face of life is protean—an ever changing phantasmagoria, where the impossible happens and the unexpected jumps out of the bushes at every turn of the road. The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment. He has learned the futility of telic endeavor, and knows the delight of drifting along with the whimsicalities of Chance.
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In 1894, an eighteen-year-old Jack London quit his job shoveling coal, hopped a freight train, and left California on the first leg of a ten thousand-mile odyssey. His adventure was an exaggerated version of the unemployed migrations made by millions of boys, men, and a few women during the original "great depression of the 1890s. By taking to the road, young wayfarers like London forged a vast hobo subculture that was both a product of the new urban industrial order and a challenge to it. As London's experience suggests, this hobo world was born of equal parts desperation and fascination. "I went on 'The Road,'" he writes, "because I couldn't keep away from it . . . Because I was so made that I couldn't work all my life on 'one same shift'; because-well, just because it was easier to than not to." The best stories that London told about his hoboing days can be found in The Road, a collection of nine essays with accompanying illustrations, most of which originally appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine between 1907 and 1908. His virile persona spoke to white middle-class readers who vicariously escaped their desk-bound lives and followed London down the hobo trail. The zest and humor of his tales, as Todd DePastino explains in his lucid introduction, often obscure their depth and complexity. The Road is as much a commentary on London's disillusionment with wealth, celebrity, and the literary marketplace as it is a picaresque memoir of his youth.

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