White Silence

White Silence

Michael Klein

"Gold! Gold!" When the S.S. Excelsior reaches San Francisco harbour on July 14, 1897, the news of fantastic amounts of gold being found in the icy expanses of Alaska spreads like wildfire throughout America. Thousands of men leave their families, their jobs, their homes, in the grip of the "Klondike Fever" that urges them on.
One of them is Jack London, who will become the chronicler of the Yukon gold rush, that last great dream of the pioneers – a dream that will change London's life, worldview and work forever.
In his novel, based upon London's fictional and autobiographical texts, as well as documents and contemporary reports, Michael Klein describes the initial euphoria of countless fortune-seekers, and the abrupt shattering of a great American myth. Following London's trail, the reader crosses the Chilkoot Pass, visits the saloons of mud-ridden Dawson, looks down into the frightening chasms of the Dead Horse Trail and reaches places of an almost unnatural "white silence", in the midst of ice and snow.

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White Silence

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