Before Adam

Before Adam 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 Big Tooth

  • Title: Before Adam
  • Author: Jack London Dennis L. McKiernan Loren Eiseley
  • ISBN: 9780803279933
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 huA 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 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 protohumans.This commemorative edition features a map of the world of Big Tooth, an epilog by Loren Eiseley, striking illustrations by Chas Livingston Bull, contemporary reviews a listing of peoples characters.

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    1. Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social activist and short story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing He spent time in the Klondike during the Gold Rush and at various times was an oyster pirate, a seaman, a sealer, and a hobo His first work was published in 1898 From there he went on to write such American classics as Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, and White Fang.

    2. 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. Furthermore, 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 more b [...]

    3. 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 Adam,written in 1907 when few was known about human evolution.This novel has curious similarities with two later novels,The Shadow Out of Time by Lovecraft Witten in 1934,where a man [...]

    4. Muhteşem bir kitaptı. Ben yere çakılanlardanım ama :) Sanırım benim atalarım düşüp sağ kurtulandan. Jack London böyle bir kitabı yazarak engin zekasını bir kez daha ortaya koymuş. Okumama vesile olan Bumin Varlı arkadaşıma bir kez daha teşekkürlerimi sunuyorum :)

    5. 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 just 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 [...]

    6. Klasiklerin kapaklarının 'klasik' olmak zorunda olmadığını düşünenlerin elinden çıkma kapak tasarımıyla Jack London'ın harrika hayal dünyasının şahane birlikteliği. Epey heyecanlanarak okudum, hatta geç okuduğum bir metin olduğunu da düşünüyorum, oldukça ufuk açıcı bir metin. Martin Eden, hayatımda çok ciddi bir değişimin tetikleyicisiyken Âdem’den Önce de yeni bir kapı araladı algımda.

    7. This was an interesting glimpse into what life was like for primordial man. The story begins with a modern man who is having dreams and nightmares which are of a type so distressing and profound, that they are disabling to his waking life. In these dreams he is embodied in an early evolutive stage of humanity predating homo sapiens—basically a low-intelligence caveman—and through these dreams he relives an entire lifetime of intermittent images and experiences that he later puzzles together [...]

    8. Adem'den Önce'yi okurken, öncelikle böyle bir kitabı yazma fikrinin çok ilginç olduğunu düşündüğümü hatırlıyorum. Bana göre oldukça yaratıcıydı ve aynı zamanda hayal gücümü çalıştırmamı sağlayan da bir kitap oldu. "Yarı- insan" olma halinin ve o zamanki koşulların müthiş bir ustalıkla ve sürükleyici bir dille anlatıldığını söyleyebilirim. Okurken tekrar eden şekillerde "Acaba yazarın kafasında yazma fikri nasıl oluştu, süreç nasıl ilerledi?" d [...]

    9. Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! Often, before I learned,did I wonder whence came the multitudes of picturesthat thronged my dreams; for they were pictures thelike of which I had never seen in real wake-a-day life.They tormented my childhood, making of my dreams aprocession of nightmares and a little later convincingme that I was different from my kind, a creatureunnatural and accursed.In my days only did I attain any measure of happiness.My nights marked the reign of fear--and such fear! Imake bol [...]

    10. 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 have yet to master domestication but whose too [...]

    11. Αυτή είναι μόλις η δεύτερη επαφή μου με το έργο του μεγάλου Τζακ Λόντον, μετά το Κάλεσμα της Άγριας Φύσης που διάβασα τον Ιανουάριο του 2013. Δεν είναι και τόσο γνωστό βιβλίο όσο άλλα του, είναι όμως πραγματικά πολύ ωραίο και ιδιαίτερα καλογραμμένο, που με αρκετό ρεαλισμό αναδ [...]

    12. This is a short, but sweet, Jack London work. London is primarily known for Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf, which on one level can be read as adventure stories for children, but they resonate on much deeper levels. Before Adam is a science fiction novel, for lack of a better term, and it too can be read as an adventure story, but again, to do so slights London's talents.London is dealing with some heavy themes here: the cold and callous nature of evolution, and the ideas of racial [...]

    13. Paleoliterature (some call prehistoric Lit.) at its finest. It remains vague enough to label some of the humanoids, whether they be australopithecus, Cro-Magnon or other unidentified precursor race. Yet defines them enough to get a real sense of 'humans' of the past. Granted, these species did not co-exist (as far as evidence is concerned at this time), but it in no way detracts from the story's historical value. The vehicle used as a transit to the past is interesting, the main character dreams [...]

    14. Hesperus Press is a godsend for those looking to find out of print or not so popular titles from major authors. This is one of two Jack London titles I have read from them-the other being "The Red Plague." Read the synopsis (for the Red Plague) and one might assume that Cormac McCarthy gave it a read before writing "The Road." The only problem I have with Hesperus is that they often set a publication date for a particular title and then don't actually publish the title. Can be frustrating. Anyho [...]

    15. Adem'den Önce hikaye ve kurgusu çok farklı bir kitap. İçinde evrim barındıran ve bunu farklı bir ağızdan anlatan, bizi yarı-insan dönemine götüren ve anlatıcının ilk elden bağıyla kurgulanmış bir hikaye. Daha fazla anlatırsam spoiler gibi olur ama şunu söyleyebilirim ki özellikle beğendiğim kısımlar, ırksal atalarla günümüz insanının anlatıldığı bağlar oldu. Jack London bence iyi bir kurguya imza atmış.

    16. London insanlığın başlangıcını, klasik tarih kitaplarından sıyrılıp ama yinede kendi doneminin bilimsel verilerine sağdık kalarak , kendine has uslubuyla, bize sanki bugunu anlatıyormuş gibi aktarmış. Çokta güzel olmuş. Hem klasik hem çok farklı bir tat, daha ne olsun. ***bundan sonrasi spoiler içeriyor***Baş kahramanımız ilginç bir şekilde gündüzleri kendi hayatini yani günümüzü yaşarken, geceleri rüyasında insanlığın ilk çağlarını görmektedir. Ama b [...]

    17. Ademden Önce, bırakın edebiyatı, yazıyı; konuşmanın bile oluşmadığı, ancak ilkel seslerden oluşan bir iletişim sisteminin kullanıldığı insanlığın bir safhasını konu alıyor. Çoğu kitabında evrime değinen London, bu kitabında da evrimden uzak kalamıyor ve 'ırksal hafıza' konusunu açıyor bize, bazı geceler uykuya dalarken yaşadığımız 'düşüyor hissi' nin atalarımızdan bir miras olduğunu açıklıyor. Ancak kitabın ana karakteri -çoğunlukla kendisini d [...]

    18. This book was about as brutally realistic as "Hurry, Skurry, & Flurry" when it comes to characters you've come to like dying at the hands of nature. Jack London's understanding of human evolution was way ahead of its time in 1907 and is still a bit ahead of its time in 2017.

    19. In The Forest Primeval---.Suppose you were having dreams of a previous life. Not just from someone who lived a generation or two ago, but an ancestor that lived thousands of years ago and who was not human. Written by Jack London in the early days of the 20th century, Before Adam was first published 1907 (serialized) in Everybody's Magazine then later, in book form, as a novel. The hero of the story is a modern day man with two personae; in the wake-a-day world the modern man, in the sleeping dr [...]

    20. Just a simple tale of you and me as cavemen and tree-dwellers, with a modern man "remembering" his ancient alter ego, relating his dreamscapes as a proto-human, competing and evolving with the Tree-dwellers and Fire-men. A lovely perfectly executed turn of the century simple story of man's evolution. This illustrated version is totally recommended. Big-Tooth lives! Long live Big-Tooth.What else? Why am I tempted to add his grinning smile as a favorite after only 240 illustrated pages? One, becau [...]

    21. This was written just a few years before Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes," and I wonder if it helped inspire that classic adventure tale. There are vague similarities, though the Jack London work convincingly uses dreams and racial (or species) memories to convey its version of the noble savage, in this case what it might have been like to live as an Australopithecus in prehistoric times. The work holds up pretty well today in spite of the many discoveries in paleo-anthropology over th [...]

    22. This is the grandaddy of prehistoric fiction, with a much tougher edge than later novels that cover similar territory, such as Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear. A young man realizes that the vivid, interlocking dreams that have terrified him since childhood are actually racial memories from a proto-human ape-like species that had advanced to living in caves, communicating with a few rudimentary words, and living in monogamous "marriages." In most ways however, it is still a world "red in tooth and c [...]

    23. jack london ile tanıştığım kitap.tüfek, mikrop ve çelik ile başlayan insanlık tarihine merakım bu kitap ile görsel bir boyut ve kimlik kazandı diyebilirimnıyorum evrimin cro magnon halkasını anlatıyor. yarı insan olduğumuz bir dönem ise ancak bu kadar eğlenceli ve büyüleyici olabilir. uzak geçmişinizi okurken sık sık gülümserken ve hayal kurarken buluyorsunuz kendinizi.kısa bir şey. renkli karakterler varköpekler yerine kurtlar, tüysüz insanlar yerine gorile benz [...]

    24. Read this in elementary and re-read it in high school. Lent it to someone, and never saw it again. Forgot about it until I went on a field trip on Amtrak (picked up train at Jack London Square), and the parents/teachers/chaperones were discussing our favorite London stories. This was my first pick, and I was quite surprised no one, not even the teachers, had heard of it. OK, I think the teacher who was there at the time had heard of it (not sure if the others were there at that moment, so no fai [...]

    25. London, using the science current at the time and a rigorous imagination, has created a pre-linguistic hominid society. London frames the story as a modern man's organization and chronological recounting of atavistic dreams he's had since childhood informed by adult study and contemplation. This enables him to communicate between what he imagines as the pre-human thought process and the modern human one. It's brilliantly done. A compelling read. I wish it weren't over.

    26. An enjoyable and brief book. I would have been interested in a little more development at the end, but it could have gone too far. A risky subject to be fictionalized at such a time. I am embarrassed to say that I have never read a Jack London book. I will probably look into the better known novels, later.

    27. Jack takes us back till we still lived in the trees, and his hero had to fight an even more primitive member of the tribe. Jack London's tales are ageless. He just plain tells great yarns.Reccommend it highly to anyone who like adventure.

    28. İnsansı kimliğimizin sirk hayvanların ki gibi yitirilmesine göz yuman, bunlara çanak tutan ve görmezlikten gelen, para verip eğlencesine ortak olan içinde yaşadığımız hayatla yazar bir benzerlik kurar.

    29. Rollicking adventure of pre-historic man told by a master. I haven't read anything by London in years (decades even) and had quite forgotten the urgency and energy of his prose.

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