The Sea Wolf

[The Sea Wolf]
Dover Publications
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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A novel narrated in first person by a fictional writer of the early 20th century -Humphrey Van Weyden- who is shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean and rescued by a fishing vessel. In this ship, commanded by Captain Wolf Larsen, the law that governs is that of the strongest: in the midst of the various adventures on board, the writer is witness to various intrigues, brutalities, riots, and so on. Van Weyden seeks to humanize the captain through conversations about literature, ethics, etc., although he gets little from the sailor, who is quite pragmatic and materialistic... At a certain moment they pick up another shipwrecked person, a woman who traveled on another ship, with whom Van Weyden falls in love.

The story is interesting both for the narratives of life at sea and for the psychological description of the characters - the main writer, Captain Larsen, the rescued woman, the other sailors. 

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal, 2019