Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

With the cold, snowy winter weather in many parts of the United States, it might be time for a lesson about how to build a fire – compliments of Jack London (1876 – 1916).  London had experience with severe conditions when he joined the Klondike gold rush in the Canadian Yukon in 1897.  Like many of the men who took part in the gold rush, London suffered from malnutrition which compromised his health for the rest of his life.  In addition to the short story “To Build a Fire,” which you can find on my Readings I’ve Enjoyed webpage, his experiences gave him the ideas that developed into his two best known novels – White Fang and The Call of the Wild.

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