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Ghtly dubious I gave it a TRY AND WAS SUFFUSED WITH ELATION and was suffused with elation I did not put it awayDarell Standing the protagonist first tells the readers how he got to be in priso I finished reading The Star Rover a few days ago but I wanted to let the story rest in my head so I could write a better reviewI wanted to read something about Jack London for a long time ago so when I read the synopsis of the Star Rover I didn t think it twice The approach of the novel is tremendously original especially considering that it was written at the beginning of the 20th century But while I was reading and getting and into the story I realized that I couldn t totally connect with it Sometimes the author becomes too much repetitive until the point where the same idea is crushed again and again in each chapter At first I didn t care I thought it was just a resource to emphasize some parts of the story but when it became such a repeated resource throughout the text I started to get tired of it Also the main character tries to indoctrinate the reader in a too obvious way in which the author s hand is easily visibleSo at The Star Rover is unknown compared to Londons other works but this is an amazing book A straight jacketed prisoner is brutalized and basicly left in the dark in solitary confinement wills himself to learn astral projection and relives past lives from previous incarnations Very uniue book that is unlike anything else Jack London wrote Although the theme of struggle defiance strength of spirit and willpower are one of the main themes in The Star Rover as in most of Londons other work but even that aspect is different in the sense that the main character achieves his victory by giving up and willing himself to leave this existence You will find no bigger lover of Jack London than me but even though this is very different than anything else he has written I hold it in just as high regard and consider it a classic Besides recomending this to fans of Londons work I would recomend this to someone into science fiction or anybody interested in astral projection meditation or shamanism Jack London s output never ceases to surprise me with its diversity There s a lot to him than stories about dogs and the Arctic For example the sailing adventure cum debate about evil The Sea Wolf autobiographically inspired story of a self educated writer Martin Eden pro Communist revolutionary tale The Iron Heel tongue in cheek philosophical action adventureThe Assassination Bureau Ltd and various science fiction shorts many of them also pro Communist including ones with pre historic settings This book takes us into another area again specific and direct social protest specif Star Rover by Jack London Uleash the Powers of Your Mind I ve struggled with how to review this one It s getting five stars because I think it s greater than the sum of its parts The book description states that this is a collection of closely related short stories Having read it I think that s either a mistake or a very sad attempt to water down what I feel is a very thought provoking story Jack London for his day was a great researcher and shrewd observer of the human condition In fact I think that particular aspect of his genius for writing has been overlooked I m not an expert on literary history but I wonder if Jack London had not supported socialist views or if the United States had not been paranoid of Socialists to the point of blindness how his writing would have been perceived Perhaps it might not have made a difference As I understand things with my limited brain observations of the Human Condition do not have a political persuasion or perhaps it s that their message transcends political beliefs or even perhaps the struggle of the human spirit is larger than any political party or caucus I m certain that Jack London s book Star Rover can be looked at in many ways I ll focus on the three of them that ring truest to me First as a historical novel historical fiction that offers a look into life at the turn of the century and the dark ugliness in our nations prisons In a strange twist of fate London s book supports the work of his alleged father attacking the practice of jacketing as a cruel and inhumane practice used by Warden s and prison guards to punish interrogate or torment prisoners There is rarely a good reason to torture somebody I say Jack s alleged father because the individual William Chaney was an astrologist and journalist About the time this book was released he was working to force the state government of California to stop Jacketing and other inhumane practices in the state s prisons To prepare for this book Jack London interviewed Ed Morrell in prison Though his main character is Professor Darrell Standing Standing is largely based on the testimony of Ed Morrell who claims to have been a Star Rover like Standing in the book He also featured Ed Morrell in the book as one of the prisoners in solitary confinement with Darrell Standing who Darrell Standing who escapes the horror of prison life and long stretches in a straitjacket by withdrawing into vivid dreams of past lives including incarnations as a French There is a lot to write about this book Death Seems Like A Petty Thing For Darrell Standing Who Is like a petty thing for Darrell Standing who is to this book Death seems like a petty thing for Darrell Standing who is about to hanged for killing his professor The mere thought of being confined in a solitary makes ou wiser and closer to understanding what s the reality of Kanji et Kana : Manuel et lexique des 2141 caractres officiels de l'criture japonaise suivi de caractres composs formant un vocabulaire de base de plus de 12 000 mots your true self it also makesou ponder the perplexing uestions which people are afraid to answer London narrates his previous selves traveling beyond his prison walls living thousands of lives he is a vagabond that roves in the past and lingers between the stars he is a man he is an immortal god he is a fighter and a killer His soul only remains Here I close I can only repeat myself There is no death Life Is Spirit And is spirit and cannot die Only the flesh dies and passes ever a crawl with the chemic ferment that informs it ever plastic ever crystallizing only to melt into the flux and to crystallize into fresh and diverse forms that are ephemeral and that melt back into the flux Spirit alone endures and continues to build upon itself through successive and endless incarnations as it works upward toward the light What shall I be when I live again I wonder I wonder I actually still wonder if I possess what london describes as Soul Thank Un Protecteur Pour Caroline (Forces Trs Spciales t. 1) you Jack London for this amazing bookou made me wander The main protagonist of The Jacket is Darrell Standing a university professor serving life imprisonment in San uentin State Prison for murder Due to some low level intrigue amongst prisoners he is suspected of hiding dynamite and sent to solitary confinement There he is put into the jacket a canvas jacket which is tightly laced to compress the whole body and at first he experiences excruciating pain However another prisoner Ed Morrell introduces him to a trick that would make his condition in the jacket tolerable He is introduced to a techniue of entering a trance like state where Profession Slasheur: Cumuler les jobs un mtier d'avenir your conscience is freed from the constraints ofour body and is free to roam the universe Once Standing accomplishes this state of mind he starts to recall episodes from what he believes are his previous lives These various episodes form the bulk of the narrative in the book The parts about the prison are brutal and horrifying and the seuences of past life recall detracts from this in part but it s still a very good readWhen Jack London wrote this the jacket was actually being used in San uentin and London s descriptions of it are based on interviews he had with an ex prisoner called Ed Morrell who had spent five ears in solitary Although written almost 100 ears ago it s still a powerful read it s a shame its had under 250 downloads on Gutenberg and is available for free here I m not going to lie I went into this book without knowing the actual plot I was simply intrigued by the title and a friend of mine was willing to let me borrow it And it turned to be not at all what I had anticipated It was mostly a very long prison story and I don t like them There weren t a lot of actual adventures and even they were uite depressing and not exciting at all in my opinion So I understand that it was partially my fault for not looking up the synopsis before reading the book but I didn t enjoy this one To begin with The Star Rover is by no stretch of the imagination science fiction Its hero Darrell Standing is a prisoner at San uentin Because of lies told by a snitch the prison warden erroneously believes that Standing knows where a hoard of dynamite is stored Because Standing does not cooperate he is wrapped tight into a straight jacket for days at a timeMost of the book tells of Standing s previous lives which he dreams of while in his straight jacket These range from Egypt Korea Judea at the time of Christ and perhaps best of all a 19th century seamen cast away on an island near Antarctica Jack London manages to keep the reader s interest up though the episode in Judea strains the credibility Ultimately we as the readers know that Standing will be executed by hanging so there is no chance of a happy ending Yet just before he dies we hear Standing s defiant credo just before being hangedThere is no death Life is spirit and spirit cannot die Only the flesh dies and passes ever a crawl with the chemic ferment that informs it ever plastic ever crystallizing only to melt into the flux and to crystallize into fresh and diverse forms that are ephemeral and that melt back into the flux Spirit alone endures and continues to build upon itself through successive and endless incarnations as it works upward toward the light What shall I be when I live again I wonder I wonder London was never known for writing pleasant books and this is certainly not one but his indomitable spirit comes across and grabs us by the throat uite an extraordinary book has been recommended to me recently The book s name Star Rover written by Jack London may raise a feeling of doubt and uncertainty in readers especially if they are interested in universe or stars and in that case they should look for another read Being sli. The Star Rover in the UK published as The Jacket is a collection of short stories revolves around the concept of reincarnation It tells the story of San uentin death row inmate. The Star Rover