The Cruise of the Dazzler

«The men tumbled out, ropes were cast inboard, and all hands, with the exception of Joe, tailed on. The shouting of men, the sound of oars, and the rattling and slapping of blocks and sails, told that the men on shore were getting under way for the pursuit… Though the task was but half accomplished, they were exhausted by the strenuous effort, and hailed the rest eagerly. Joe glanced over the side to discover what the heavy object might be, and saw the vague outlines of a small office-safe».

The Cruise of the Dazzler is the first novel written by Jack London in 1902. It tells the story of young Joe Bronson which, dissatisfied with his boring life and threatened of military school by his father, joins the crew of a sloop called Dazzler in San Francisco Bay. His first and exciting cruise on the Ocean will turn soon into a daring and dangerousadventure, due to captain “French Pete”, involved in criminal activities.

Jack London

John Griffith Chaney, better known as Jack London (1876 -1916), was an American novelist and storyteller. Born in San Francisco, after unruly and troubled youth, in 1897 sailed to North, spending one year joined to Klondike Gold Rush, which will be the set of his most famous novels. Socially active, he consecrated his life to writing, becoming one of the most successful American novelist of his time. Novels such as The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906) and Martin Eden (1909) entered among the classics of youth literature.

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