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The White Silence


Jack London was born in 1876 and began life as a sailor at the tender age of fourteen. He cruised most of the world this way and eventually landed back in California in the wave of the gold prospectors. He settled into a home there and began to write about some of the things he'd experienced and learned on his journeys. Jack London wrote many short stories, which were loved by critics and usually devoured by readers. He used his experiences around the world to write about the struggles of humans against the brutalities of nature. The White Silence was first published in 1899. Two men, one woman and a team of dogs, all close to starvation, strikeout in the white wastes of the north hoping to somehow survive the gruelling two-hundred-mile trek along unbroken snow ahead of them. But “Nature has many tricks wherewith she convinces man of his finity - the ceaseless flow of the tides, the fury of the storm, the shock of the earthquake, the long roll of heaven’s artillery - but the most tremendous, the most stupefying of all, is the passive phase of the White Silence. All movement ceases, the sky clears, the heavens are as brass; the slightest whisper seems sacrilege, and man becomes timid, affrighted at the sound of his own voice. Sole speck of life journeying across the ghostly wastes of a dead world, he trembles at his audacity, realizes that he is a maggot’s life, nothing more.” You can listen online to free English audiobook “The White Silence” by Jack London on our website.

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