The Jacket

The Jacket
(Star-Rover)

By

5
(1 Review)
The Jacket by Jack London

Published:

1915

Pages:

261

Downloads:

3,143

Share This

The Jacket
(Star-Rover)

By

5
(1 Review)
Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin for murder, defies the will of prison officials who try to break his spirit with "the jacket," a canvas jacket which can be tightly laced so as to tortuously compress the whole body. To survive, Standing discovers how to enter a trance state in which he walks among the stars and experiences past lives.

Book Excerpt

n a surge of anger, obsessed by that catastrophic red wrath that has cursed me down the ages, I killed my fellow professor. The court records show that I did; and, for once, I agree with the court records.

No; I am not to be hanged for his murder. I received a life- sentence for my punishment. I was thirty-six years of age at the time. I am now forty-four years old. I have spent the eight intervening years in the California State Prison of San Quentin. Five of these years I spent in the dark. Solitary confinement, they call it. Men who endure it, call it living death. But through these five years of death-in-life I managed to attain freedom such as few men have ever known. Closest-confined of prisoners, not only did I range the world, but I ranged time. They who immured me for petty years gave to me, all unwittingly, the largess of centuries. Truly, thanks to Ed Morrell, I have had five years of star-roving. But Ed Morrell is another story. I shall tell you about him a little later. I have so much to t

More books by Jack London

(view all)

Readers reviews

5
4
3
2
1
5.0
Average from 1 Review
5
Write Review
I found this book fascinating. The idea of forced entrance to past lives to escape this one touched my interest in the occult. Seances were all the rage during this period.(WWI.) This interest in past lives seems very much a part of the many interests of Jack London. An excellent read for juveniles and sci-fi and fantasy types.
Brandon Rohrbaugh - Immersive Mix Between Reality and Fantasy
FEATURED AUTHOR - Young adult author Brand Rohrbaugh daydreamed as a child of creating his own fictitious worlds like the ones from his favorite movies. With his urban magical realism title, Legend of Mermaid Cliff, he achieves this by combining reality and fantasy in a way that immerses the reader in its dark world. Writing his novels involves a lot of research to create ideas for a story. Some of his best writing happens when it’s raining outside, its sound having an entrancing effect on him.