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This is a story typical of Jack London, with an icy central character whose intentions are never quite clear, fighting against an elemental enemy.
The enemy dogs his every move. But though the man tries to beat his enemy, he cannot. The final scenes were very suspenseful. I thought London was going to leave us hanging with a "did he? didn't he?" type of ending, but that's not London's style, and at the last minute he snatches the story from the jaws of uncertainty, leaving us with a sense of finality we can't shake off.
Very good story. Not his best work, but you can see the elements of London's style shine through like half buried nuggets of gold.
Narrator was amusing to listen to. Couldn't figure out if his accent was supposed to be French or Jamaican.