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read Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB È Jack LondonSelf awareness self as universe centers community art music and science Even the provenance of religion was alluded to in a passage about darkness We were afraid only of the darkWe knew only the real world and the things we feared were the real thingsthe darkness was the time of the hunting animalsPossibly it was out of this fear of the real denizens of the dark that the fear of the unreal denizens was later to develop and to culminate in a whole and mighty unseen develop and to culminate in a whole and mighty unseen London has limned for us a picture of rudimentary humanity in a state of unreflective sensual existence Fortunately or unfortunately a lot of it feels contemporary This is still the story of civilization of all history only stripped of the logic which we like to imagine can explain most of our actions It is emotional humanity which often seems to sum us up uite succinctly The uestion London leaves unanswered is have we as civilized men and women come as far as we like to thinkHmmm An interesting first hand account of what it was like to live in the stone age London uses the dreams of a boy who remembers this past life but does it pretty well The story is told pretty completely without a lot of waking up messing about in the present day The racial memory idea isn t one I care for too much but this was well doneThe story isn t complete better for that A lot of boring parts are left out some uestions are left to our imagination Better still he has 3 species of humans some advanced than others has limited breeding between themThis isn t a heroic saga The main character is uite typical of his kind for the day He tells us how they d rather run than fight since life was hard any wound could wind up killing them It was interesting rather than illuminating though An interesting what if Unexpectedly awesome The entire thing is on libravox which is how I listened to it This is technically a work of science fiction I suppose Its premised on an idea of genetic memory which Im pretty sure is wholly discredited The narrator has a genetically imprinted memory of his ancestors particularly one ancestry A prehuman ape But its ust a premise to get you into the real story The story of that ape s life Its fascinating to read a narration of such a life The ape is born into a tribe of sorts of apes who are somewhere in between tree dwellers and cave dwellers There are other surrounding bands of
apes with different levels of development One is even primitive stayingwith different levels of development One is even primitive staying in the forest and another is pretty advanced has tools including bows and arrows etc Im not sure how anthropologically plausible this is but its interesting anyway Even if its not strictly accurate you can envision very minor textual changes which would bring it in accordance with anthropological reality Anyway the ape as you might imagine has to deal with numerous challenges Being hunted by other apes and saber toothed cats etc There Are Problems Of Communication problems of communication language has not yet evolved There are some apes which are asocial and try to kill or rape other apes The narrator must make alliances with other apes find a mate at some point feed himself avoid danger The whole description of the mindset of being a prehuman though is what makes the book so fascinating though Its really a trip I happened on this one during a browse session at my local used book dealer Since I remember loving Call of the Wild this seemed a no brainer to try Further thanks to the first section of Arthur C Clarke s 2001 I was also anxious to see another fictional take on prehistoric humans Both as a Jack London outing and another dip into literature about prehistoric times this book paid off Before Adam may not be as attractive a story as other Jack London fare The content reads even brutal The protagonist also seems less sympathetic than Buck the hero of Call of the Wild The combined effect is a book that feels uite dark even though it focuses on daytime danger The first person narrative provides a Poe like feel as we are taken into the protagonist s nightmarish memories of primitive time Though the story contains an antagonist a romance and a sense of morality the ape like behavior makes it difficult to connect with the main characters Nevertheless I found myself grinning during the story s courtship chapter Apparently females have been playing hard to get for eons Kudos to Mr London for resisting the urge to humanize and prettify the subject material Before Adam reads as a sincere effort to dramatize the best evolutionary theory of early 1900s It makes the story though harder to warm up to legitimate If you ve read other London I recommend giving this one a rea. That as surely as we one day swung down out of the trees and walked upright ust as surely on a far earlier day did we crawl up out of the sea and achieve our first adventure on lan.
We Know As Instinctknow as instinct explains through the protagonist that one of the most familiar vestiges of this evolutive memory is the fear of heights which is posited to be a leftover from our tree dwelling ancestors Why else would a newborn baby be sent into convulsions when it suddenly detects instability beneath it London wiggles his finger into this hole and works it wide enough to accommodate the possibility of a person having concrete memories and dreams that conduct ungarbled sensory data from a past life to the present one This other than a strong imagination could explain some people s claim to reincarnation or what is referred to as remote viewing The main character describes his primitive experiences without allowing his modern viewpoint to internally vitiate only retrospectively comment upon the ancient perspective His story follows the ourneys of his ancestor Big Tooth a hominid from shortly after birth wending through his entrances and exits of tree and cave dwelling communities and finally culminating in his mating with Swift One It was entertaining to witness the perpetually accidental discoveries which would advance a community or set them back mostly without them ever realizing how much a small adjustment could have changed everything for betteror worse It was accidental living at its best Big Tooth and his friend Lop Ear accidentally discovered boating by falling into a river and catching onto a floating log They accidentally discovered tools and language and music and even water storagewithout remembering it from one minute to the next As you might imagine the hominid community was no paradise They were brutal towards each other even towards their kin and friends They had very short attention spans laughed a lot played a lot tormented anything that moved and were driven by desire for food and sex And everything they did was colored by fear In the collection of stories called Love Of Life London wrote Fearlies twisted about life s deepest roots This must have been one of London s interests in writing this story for it was the atavistic fear of falling from a height that London premised the tale uponI believe London uses this backdrop of prehistoric times to explore the nature of fear survival desire hunger language thought symbols. Memories and the knowledge of his prior existence as a man like creature named Big Tooth living in prehistoric times These are our ancestors and their history is our history Remember. .
Boy did I never know Jack LondonI had thought I did I d read White Fang and Call of the Wild I thought he read White Fang and Call of the Wild I thought he a man s man a frontier prose poet who celebrated venerated the conuering of man over hostile natureBut he wrote speculative fiction so much speculative fiction and he was so good at it so intelligent and almost prescient that I can t understand why he isn t better known for his work in the fieldFrom The Scarlet Plague a post apocalyptic nightmare from 1906 to Before Adam this prehistoric novel of paleolithic man his imagination knew no bounds as he tells the story of racial memory in which a modern man dreams of his life in the forest as an ape like hominid of limited communication skills but a very definite sense of self as he navigates the brutal world of clan politics dangerous predators and new innovations in the Stone Age It s Clan of the Cave Bear but better So much better It s not eight million pages long for a startWhat is perhaps most remarkable about this book is the anthropological theory that it imparts Take for example this sentence his conduct in remaining by me in spite of his fear I take as a foreshadowing of the altruism and comradeship that have helped make Man the mightiest of the animals This is a pretty new theory actually and was not even accepted as probable until this century a hundred years after this book was written Jack London really was a remarkable writer I am very much looking forward to discovering of his non Alaskan works I ve always loved London for his naturalistic adventure writing here he s applied that to the prehistoric age the Pleistocene in specific a time when three separate groups of humanoids exist First are the Tree People arboreal humanoids closer to savage apes Next are the Cave People the Folk a race on the verge of culture living both in trees and cave shelters developing the seeds of language and tools Last are the Fire People who ha I have an earlier edition Not one of London s best but it is pretty decent Jack London a writter well known by his great tales of south seas and about the gold rush in Alaska with tales as To Light a Fire or Law of Life is a forefather of several genres the postapocaliptic with the novel The Scarlet Plague the utopian distopian with The Iron Heel and this rather unclassifiable Before Adamwritten in 1907 when few was known about human evolutionThis novel has curious similarities with two later novelsThe Shadow Out of Time by Lovecraft Witten in 1934where a man dreams of a previous ancient life in other body and with the Inheritors by William Golding written in 1955 where is described the extinction of the Neantherthals at hand of the Homo Sapienswith this one the novel by London has stronger similaritiesThis novel by London tells the dreams of a previous life preserved in the brain as innate recalls of the life and fight of a inferior race of hominids that in this fight become near extinct with the superior race that know the bow the arrow and the fireThe inferior hominide have not a developed language and its comunication is by mean of signs and intuitiveA very interesting novel with the added value that i think that is the first novel written about the subject of human evolution trough several stages of value that i think that is the first novel written about the subject of human evolution trough several stages of and the social life and
of themall in proces of abandon the trees and take the land Another on my London Bridge personal challenge list which explores a few London titles that do not focus on what we all think of his usual topics Here we learn the story of a young man who has had strange dreams ever since he can remember Dreams about living in a long ago past era living as a creature who was not an animal but also was not uite human Oh believe me we were amazingly simple But we did know a lot that is not known to day We could twitch our ears prick them up and flatten them down at will And we could scratch between our shoulders with ease We could throw stones with our feet I have done it many a time And for that matter I could keep my knees straight bend forward from the hips and touch not the tips of my fingers but the points of my elbows to the groundThe narrator is an adult looking back and trying both to share and to make sense of what he feels is the life of his other self It is I the modern who look back across the centuries and weigh and analyze the emotions and motives of Big Tooth my other self He did not bother to weigh and analyze He was simplicity itself He ust lived events without ever pondering why he lived them in his particular and often erratic way And right often have I the modern been perturbed and vexed by the foolishnes. Written in 1906 Before Adam is a bit of a departure from London's other novels Still an adventure novel this one revolves around the dreams of a young boy dreams that involve racial. ,Comunication Of Themall In