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Chang and London

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by Rippon, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    I just finished reading two books Saturday.

    One is called 'Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China.' It's by Leslie T. Chang. She's married to Peter (River Town) Hessler. It's non-fiction.Chang's two main characters are Min and Chunming. They represent multitudes of young women from very poor rural areas who seek to better themselves with factory jobs in cities. They encounter many difficulties but plunge ahead regardless. I hope she produces a sequel.

    Jack London (1876-1916) wrote 50 books. I have only read the following two which were bound together in one volume --'The Call of the Wild' and 'White Fang.' Both stories deal with wolf-dogs. It is amazing how he got into heads of these creatures despite the fact he was able to do so as a human!

    London is a very descriptive author. He carries you along with exciting tales --it's compelling stuff.

    As a boy I didn't read a lot of so-called books for boys. I guess I'm catching up now. But honestly, I think his works (at least the two I have mentioned) are certainly suitable for adults --perhaps even more so.

    Are there any other London fans out there? (Leslie Chang's too young for a shout out).
     
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    Have you read London's 'The Iron Heel?'
     
  3. Rippon

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    No. As I stated,I have read only the two I mentioned. Tell me about your impressions of The Iron Heel.
     
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    I thought the 'near future' dystopia to be quite insightful. and thought provoking. His socialist views were obvious, but it did make me think about things in a different light.

    I found the distant future part a bit too 'wacky' and idealistic.
     
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    It's been a while since I've read London.

    I tried to read White Fang to my seven year old grandson a few years back but he was just too young.

    He'll be spending a week with us, arriving later this afternoon;
    perhaps I'll try again.

    Try reading London's short story, "To Build a Fire"
    Graphic and intense, ...particularly after this cold winter season.

    Rob
     
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