Martin Eden is classic and tragic tale of its title character. Martin is in love with Ruth Morse, however as a common sailor from a working-class background, he feels that he is not good enough to win the hand of Ruth, who comes from a bourgeois family. Martin seeks to educate himself as a writer and lift up his status so that he may one day have his true love.
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Being a free edition of the novel, this book does not have an overly appealing aesthetic, but do not let that disinterest you! Jack London is an exceptional writer with a very realistic style, having written of subjects he knows very well.
I read this book some time ago, and I am pleased to say that I am reading it once again. My memories of this book are all very positive; I had a lot of trouble putting it down. I was very eager to finish it, to know what became of Martin and his love, but at the same time, I hated knowing that I would eventually finish the book. This book is by far my favorite by London.