The Valley of the Moon, With detailed Biography by Jack London

The Valley of the Moon, With detailed Biography

byJack London

Kobo ebook | November 16, 2016

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The Complete Edition of " The Valley of the Moon -  Jack London ". (Annotated), With detailed Biography.

The valley where it is set is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in Sonoma County, California where Jack London was a resident; he built his ranch in Glen Ellen.

It's a road novel 50 years before Kerouac.

This book may have been written almost one hundred years ago, but all the issues are still very real and very applicable now.

It's a moving story and very refreshing.

The first part of the book takes place in Oakland during troubled economic times and labor strikes playing havoc on many people’s lives. Billy and Saxon are the main characters who are newly married and who struggle to keep afloat in rough times. 

“Oakland’s just a place to start from.” After going through strikes and fights, and starvation, and losing a baby, Saxon decides that they CAN leave and they will go an adventure and find the perfect place to live; she called it her valley of the moon.

The second part of the book is the story of their adventure, their pilgrimage. Even though they nothing about farming, they decide they will find the perfect place to farm. They meet many people along the way and learn things like how to plow, how to finance horse trading, how to draw customers to the market, and many other simple things like cooking a steak and washing woolens. 

All things they never would have known about living in the city. When they finally find the perfect place to settle—their valley in “a golden land of small hills and valleys,” you know that things are going to work out for them. And it does!

The book is more complicated than this review. It deals with racial consciousness, socialism, feminism, immigration and westward expansion—each a topic worth exploring separately. 

Native Californians can really appreciate this book, as can those who are interested in the hisThe 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 beautiful land they can farm independently.

Author's Biography :

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.

London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization,socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.


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Title:The Valley of the Moon, With detailed BiographyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 16, 2016Publisher:Editions Vivre EnsembleLanguage:English

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