To Build a Fire by Jack London

A Short Story Review

He was angry, and cursed his luck aloud. He had hoped to get into camp with the boys at six o’clock, and this would delay him an hour, for he would have to build a fire and dry out his foot-gear.


To Build a Fire by Jack
is a short story. Read to completion on Friday 8/5/16 finishing at 01:11AM. Repeated Librovox audiobook listening(s) between 8/5 and 9/13 by Bob Neufeld(taking 46:38 minutes) and Betsie Bush (40:03 minutes).

I really liked it (4 stars) and recommend it to all readers.

The story is told from an omnipresence 3rd person point of view so in addition to knowing the protagonist’s sights, sounds, feelings, you also know what he is thinking and not thinking as he takes or does not take actions throughout the story.

A man in the Klondike, Yukon has taken a side trip to check on some money making opportunities for the coming spring and is now heading to meet his boys. He has apparently been told that when the weather gets below minus 50 degrees he ought to have a traveling companion. While the man is not intimately familiar with the specific area he’s a man’s manly man and believes he knows how to make a short trip through some cold weather. Continue reading “To Build a Fire by Jack London”