You can’t move. You can hardly breathe. Your mind is the only escape you have.
That’s what Daniel Stranding discovers in San Quentin prison. Strapped into a straitjacket, he learns to enter into a trance and journey back through his past lives. He’s been an advisor to Ponticus Pilot; a shipwrecked sailor on a desert island; a nobleman in Renaissance France. These memories grant him wisdom and respite from the horrors of his present.
”The Jacket” is a startlingly original delve into the human condition. It was inspired by Ed Morrell, a friend of Jack London’s who served time for bank robbery. Especially recommended for fans of thought-provoking science fiction.
Jack London (1876–1916) was one of the first American writers to achieve worldwide celebrity. He did so with rugged adventure stories set in forbidding landscapes. And heroes who survive by embracing their most primal instincts.
His breakthrough best seller was ”The Call of the Wild”. Inspired by his time in the Klondike Gold Rush, this hard-hitting novel is told from the perspective of a sled dog named Buck. It’s inspired many adaptations, including a big-budget movie starring Harrison Ford.
Among London’s other notable works are ”White Fang”, also featuring a canine protagonist, as well as ”The Sea-Wolf”, ”Martin Eden” and ”The Iron Heel”.