Title: All Gold Canyon
Author: Jack London
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 19th May 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The man scratched his head perplexedly and looked a few feet up the hill at the manzanita bush that marked approximately the apex of the “V”.
Welcome to All Gold Canyon, the place where dreams can come true… and things get steadily more and more dangerous.
I’ve heard of the name Jack London many times when discussing classic American literature. I’ve never had the pleasure of actually reading any of his work though. So this was a great little hint as to the style and depth of his writing. Still not necessarily keen on Westerns, but most definitely enjoyed the style of his writing.
I’m truly intrigued to try and read more of London’s work after this short story. It was not necessarily filled with content that I find near and dear to me. But it was definitely a better style of writing than I’ve found so far. I really loved the pacing and form.
I would probably read this short story again. There was so much that I felt like I missed, and I would be intrigued to see how a reread would illuminate the story to myself and my crazy literary mind.