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The Valley of the Moon de Jack London
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The Valley of the Moon (1913 original; edició 2006)

de Jack London

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A road novel fifty years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through Central and Northern California in search of land they can farm independently--a journey that echoes Jack London's own escape from urban poverty. As London lost hope in the prospects of the socialist party and organized labor, he began researching a scientific and environmentally sound approach to farming. In his novel, it is Saxon, London's most fully realized heroine, who embodies these concerns. The Valley of the Moon is London's paean to his second wife Charmian and to the pastoral life and his ranch in Glen Ellen, the Valley of the Moon.… (més)
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Títol:The Valley of the Moon
Autors:Jack London
Informació:Hard Press (2006), Paperback, 404 pages
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Valoració:*****
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The Valley of the Moon de Jack London (1913)

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Others have suggested this was the forerunner to Jack Kerouac's On the Road, but this is only evident in the third book. I was surprised by a dead-end thread character who reappears only briefly to show the changes in the prize-fighting protagonist as he becomes wiser. The usual Jack London class consciousness is evident but this time he seems to highlight the false consciousness of the proletariat not as a consequence of the system per se, but as the fault of an individual's lack of imagination. Although somewhat the epic, an interesting read that gripped me whenever I picked it up. And surprisingly, no classic London macabre ending to regret, although the climax is the weaker for it. ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
I can't believe I tortured myself through 500 and some odd pages! Boring and sappy. How I hate wasting this much investment in a story thinking surely it'll get better but it just gets worse. I stuck with it because the time period's union strife might've been educational but it wasn't other than some realism regarding the brutality, and I thought it'd be fun to read about the SF Bay area back then, but even that lacked in depth. Nothing but a cheesy, too drawn out story about two naive married people. It was a bit more interesting while they lived in Oakland but once they began to travel it just got too cheesy. The main characters lacked depth and acted, thought, and spoke like children. Finally, enough was enough. Just cannot do yet another 200 pages of this drivel. I'll give it a 2 just for some historical merit. ( )
1 vota KikiUnhinged | Feb 9, 2014 |
"Oakland is just a place to start."

Jack London, an Oakland, Calif. native, lived an epic American life in a short 40 years. He wrote an enormous number of novels, the most familiar of which are his adventure novels. While Valley of the moon isn't exactly autobiographical, it's a tribute to his second wife and the kind of life they tried (but didn't succeed) to build. Billy Rogers, a young prizefighter, and Saxon, a laundry worker, meet and fall in love. Despite all their best efforts, they are unable to build a good life in the city so they strike out as wanderers through a golden California, trying to find the home of their dreams.

In some ways, this is a shockingly bad novel. Billy is callow and incredibly jingoistic and portions of the early sections sound like they were written by Barbara Cartland. The depiction of working class life during labor disputes is well-drawn, however, and the novel picks up its pace when Saxon convinces Billy that they should try their fortunes elsewhere. Once they find their Valley of the Moon (in Sonoma), Billy out-capitalists Andrew Carnegie, which is also not terribly realistic, but the middle of the novel pays for a tedious beginning and a formula ending. ( )
  Bjace | Jul 13, 2013 |
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A road novel fifty years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through Central and Northern California in search of land they can farm independently--a journey that echoes Jack London's own escape from urban poverty. As London lost hope in the prospects of the socialist party and organized labor, he began researching a scientific and environmentally sound approach to farming. In his novel, it is Saxon, London's most fully realized heroine, who embodies these concerns. The Valley of the Moon is London's paean to his second wife Charmian and to the pastoral life and his ranch in Glen Ellen, the Valley of the Moon.

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