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By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-12
1912, 2013 and 2073
Jack London wrote this in 1912 about a plague in 2013 that destroys most of the world's population. The last survivor of the plague tries to tell the story of mankind and the plague to the youth of 2073.
The plague was caused by microbes, as Smith tries to explain to the backward people that have come to populate the new world. He must use simple words, for they are uneducated. Humans live in tribes named after the cities their ancestors lived in. After the plague, there is chaos, lawlessness, and the usual. The description of microbiology is very well told and I wonder how the public of 1912 responded to it. The story of chaos and lawlessness is an old story today, included in most apocalyptic literature. It is old hat today, and I believe was even an old worn out theme in 1912. I was ok with the story, but I have read better stories from Jack London and I believe it better to get a collection of his stories instead of just one. Call of the Wild is my favorite of what I have read.
Smith is an old man who was born and raised in California, yet Saland Publishing decided to use a young British woman to read the story. She reads well, but I would have preferred a man who speaks American English for a story written about an American. They make it seem that Americans can't write classic lit and a British accent is necessary to make it an actual classic.
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