Many consider "Martin Eden" to be Jack London's autobiography; this novel is the story of Martin Eden who dreams to be a writer of literary fame and ...Show synopsisMany consider "Martin Eden" to be Jack London's autobiography; this novel is the story of Martin Eden who dreams to be a writer of literary fame and finally he is successful. It is an attack on individualism and ambition while at the same time it develops London's support of socialism and the inner conflict of his own incredible self-will.Hide synopsis
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Among my friend it's very common to listen Pink Floyd's "Another brick in the wall" after reading Martin Eden. The book is very succesful for drawing a concrete portrait of a highly-bourgeoisly-educated person as Ruth Morse, whom Martin felt in love with. On the other hand there is Martin Eden, a sailor who educates himself especially in and soon becomes an author. The main theme is the struggle of initially uneducated sailor Martin's efforts to be with Ruth, member of a bourgeois family. By the time he self-teaches and develops a world view combining Nietzsche-oriented individualism and social darwinism. There are interesting dialogues in the book that clearly indicates the limits of Ruth's thinking, based on modern and blindly bourgeois education. Whereas, Martin can simply criticize anything. The book ends tragically. However, it is a great book to read hence see the potential of human ability.
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