Love of Life

Love of Life : & Other Short Stories

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The secret to the appeal of the title story in this book is the immediate emotional impact it produces. The reason we made a motion picture out of Love of Life is because starting from the very first scene, we can rely on visual imagery, drawing a clearer picture of events as well as to intensify what is happening to the main character. We see and feel the cold and hear the dull voice of the man in the story. We listen to the man's thoughts and consciousness. The man has been abandoned by his long time friend. We pray for him to survive. The visual images of the hero's suffering cause and intensify our compassion for him. One thought finally took total control of his consciousness, to eat! He sleeps under the open sky but is restless and hungry. Ragged, lost in the wilderness, the man struggles, but he is unwilling to die, this is the force that drives him on. A sick and starving wolf follows the man closely. London's story is not an artificial exaggeration of human qualities. Rather it is London's discovery in fiction, which resulted from the life experience of a courageous, energetic man, who loved to compete with danger until the end of his life. It is a film about one person's strength and persistence to survive. The basis for the plot in "The Love of Life" is found in the real-life events in Alaska encountered by London in a newspaper. One of them happened on the Coppermine River, where one of the gold hunters with a badly sprained ankle barely made it to a populated area. Another event took place at Nome. There in the land of tundra, a gold miner got lost and almost died. The facts about food hoarding and mania about food that haunted a person who experienced extreme hunger London also found in a book by Lieutenant Greeley about his polar expedition. As we can see, true fact constituted the foundation of London's plot. Added to them was the experience of the personal "walk of suffering," London's own impressions from his gold mining days. All these things may seem little, but were significant enough to provide the realistic backdrop for the story. London's "Code of the North" was based on trust and mutual honesty. Harsh conditions brushed off the "husk of insincerity" and ostentatious bravery, revealing a person's true value. London's writing spoke against egoism, promoting friendship and mutual aid. In his works, he advocated strong-spirited people. According to the author, a coward, a worthless human being, will die sooner than a courageous person. This is how the man in the story "The Love of Life" died who abandoned his companion. London does not belong to the category of romantic writers, who portray the difficulties of struggle in rose colors, thus deceiving and disarming an audience in the face of serious trials of life. "Love of Life," and the included, "To Build A Fire," and dozens of other stories, novels and narratives of this outstanding American writer are the immortal witnesses of Jack London's unique talent and of his courageous depictions of reality. My adaptation "Jack London's Love of Life" the movie brings that reality to the motion picture audience. -Robert Gregg - Editor/Screenwriter/Producershow more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 4.32mm | 158.76g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508614172
  • 9781508614173

About Jack London

Robert B. Gregg lives with his wife, Nancy, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Gregg has completed six screenplays in the past four years, including the award-winning "Jack London's Love of Life." The film will be released worldwide in 2016 and has won Four International Film Festivals, including the following honors: Louisville International Festival of Film, Best Feature 2012, Jack London's Love of Life. Great Lakes International Film Festival, Best of Festival, 2012 Jack London's Love of Life. Moondance International Film Festival (New York City), Finalist, Atlantis Award 2012, Jack London's Love of Life. Snowdance Film Festival (Washington) Best of Festival, 2013 Jack London's Love of Life. Gregg's screenplay "The Christmas Ship" was optioned in 2015 by Pop Art Films in Los Angeles, California, and is scheduled to be a major motion picture. Daniel Zirilli will direct. Gregg's epic historical novel, "King Arthur & The Holy Grail," and his adventure/thriller "Moonshadows" will both be published in 2016. Gregg was an award-winning journalist for over 30 years, starting off as a freelance writer for many national magazines and then as a feature writer in Detroit. He went on to be news editor of the Escanaba Daily Press, and editor of the Oxford newspaper. Gregg was the owner of a weekly newspaper in Traverse City, Michigan, and after he sold, became editor & publisher of sports publication for Kmart Corporation. He also worked as a consultant in newspaper industry, advising at over 20 newspapers in Canada and the U.S. In 1982, he was named assistant publisher and advertising director of Marquette, Michigan daily newspaper. In 1983 he became publisher of the Escanaba Daily Press, and retired in 1998 after 15 years as the newspaper's publisher, or top executive. During his tenure, The Daily Press won more state journalism awards than any other paper its size in Michigan. He was Regional Publisher for Ogden Newspapers from 1999 through 2000. Responsible for all print and publishing operations at Alpena, Houghton, Marquette, Escanaba and Iron Mountain daily newspapers in Michigan and several weekly newspapers across Michigan. Gregg served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Press Association for 10 years and its Executive Committee for 5 years. He was unanimously elected president of the Michigan Press Association in 1999. Gregg served as Chairman of the Associated Press Readability Committee for six more

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