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Published in 1907 by Macmillan, Before Adam is a proto-science fiction novel inspired by London's appreciation for Darwin's Theory of Evolution. The plot is built around the narration of a modern San... More > Franciscan man who, during his sleeping hours, lives the life of an ancestral humanoid, a member of a tribe he calls The Cave People.
Though the setting is harshly derived in comparison to modern science fiction techniques, London's enthusiasm for the evolutionary theory comes through as does his ability to show character traits from simple and effective narration. The stark use of a dreamscape to provide the link between the past and the present does enable to narrator to cast a modern perspective over the primitive.< Less
One might expect daring of Jack London, an author who has been gold-miner, sailor, frontiersman, adventurer; whose writing can no more be trite or commonplace than can the narrative of his own life... More > history. But no fictionist ever dreamed of daring to attempt what Jack London has done here--to plunge into the gray mist that shrouds the beginnings of our race; to paint in vivid colors a picture of that alleged and disputed ancestor of ours; to outline his brutal life, his loves, his hates, his first efforts toward human reasoning poiver; to do all this with such wonderful vividness that the skeptic is convinced by the plain truth of it.< Less
Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916), was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild and other books. Before Adam is a novel serialized in 1906 and 1907 in Everybody's... More > Magazine It is the story of a boy who dreams he lives the life of an early hominid Australopithecine.
The story offers an early view of human evolution. The majority of the story is told through the eyes of the boy's hominid alter ego, one of the Cave People. In addition to the Cave People, there are the more advanced Fire People, and the more animal-like Tree People.
Other characters include the hominid's father, a love interest, and Red-Eye, a fierce "atavism" that perpetually terrorizes the Cave People.< Less
A young man in modern America is terrorized by visions of an earlier, primitive life. Across the enormous chasm of thousands of centuries, his consciousness has become entwined with that of... More > Big-Tooth, an ancestor living at the dawn of humanity. Big-Tooth makes his home in Pleistocene Africa, a ferocious, fascinating younger world torn by incessant conflict between early humans and protohumans. Before Adam is a remarkable and provocative tale that thrust evolution further into the public spotlight in the early twentieth century and has since become a milestone of speculative fiction. The brilliance of the book lies not only in its telling but also in its imaginative projection of a mindset for early humans. Capitalizing on his recognized ability to understand animals, Jack London paints an arresting and dark portrait of how our distant ancestors thought about themselves and their world.< Less
Before Adam (Illustrated)
"Before Adam" is Jack London's fictional tour de force. In it, he brilliantly recreates the dawn of humanity, depicting the prehistoric world as a place of dark conflict where only the... More > fittest will survive. Tormented by a succession of terrifying dreams, the narrator is faced with the strange truth that his consciousness has become entwined with that of Big-Tooth, his mid-Pleistocene ancestor. Through these dream memories, he witnesses Big-Tooth's life as one of the "Folk" race--a life without developed language, social structure, or fire. He sees, too, the Folk's fierce battles for survival against the more advanced Fire People and the primitive Tree People.< Less
The Old Adam
The Old Adam is an adventure novel published before 1923 by Arnold Bennett. This book has 2 parts (10 chapters) and was converted from its physical edition to the digital format.
In Adam's Fall
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Old New England towns are infamous for their odd murder stories, but that had never happened before in Halton, Massachusetts.
When history teacher Nikki Sheridan trips over the dead body of a... More > young Muslim girl in her backyard she finds herself at the center of a murder mystery. A mystery that will take her on a perilous journey with the police, the FBI, a nervous town ready to point fingers at neighbors who seem different, and a man calling himself ‘the Patriot’: a dangerous zealot whose hateful agenda could destroy the small town or bring them even closer together as they face a homegrown terrorist in their midst.< Less
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Adam is a local carpenter much admired for his integrity and intelligence, in love with Hetty. She is attracted to Arthur, the charming local squire's grandson and heir, and falls in love with him.... More > When Adam interrupts a tryst between them, Adam and Arthur fight. Arthur agrees to give up Hetty and leaves Hayslope to return to his militia. After he leaves, Hetty Sorrel agrees to marry Adam but shortly before their marriage, discovers she is pregnant. In desperation, she leaves in search of Arthur. She cannot find him; unwilling to return to the village on account of the shame and ostracism she would have to endure, she delivers her baby with the assistance of a friendly woman she encounters. Later, the child is killed when she abandons it in a field. Not being able to bear the child's cries she tries to come back but she is too late when she finds out that it dies of exposure.< Less
The fame of Adam Smith rests so deservedly on his great work, the Wealth of Nations, that the fact is apt to be lost sight of, that long before he distinguished... More > himself as a political economist he had gained a reputation, not confined to his own country, by his speculations in moral philosophy. The Theory of Moral Sentiments was first published in 1759, when its author was thirty-six; the Wealth of Nations in 1776, when he was fifty-three. The success of the latter soon eclipsed that of his first work, but the wide celebrity which soon attended the former is
attested by the fact of. the sort of competition that ensued for translating it into French. Rochefoucauld, grandson of the famous author of the Maxims, got so far in a translation of it as the end of the first Part, when a complete translation by the Abbé Blavet compelled him to renounce the continuance of his work.< Less
Of Adam's Rib
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Why do men and women fail in relationships and marriages and in the households they have sworn to uphold? Why do Sport Superstars cheat, and fall to prey with women outside of the marriage when they... More > still love their wives? The answer will surprise you as we discover that a Human relationship is two-fold. It may be the man’s or husband’s failure but it is not without the woman’s’ or wife’s contribution to that failure. Men are just not smart enough to round out a relationship on their own; this is why God gave women the gift of communication. With this gift she is to unravel who he is and what kind of provider he will become, before she has sex with him. Steve Harvey’s book “Act like a Woman, Think like a Man” is also highly recommended by this author. Yet to know why men and women must fall into order with the rest of God’s Creations, “Of Adam’s Rib” addresses that in earnest.< Less