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The Jacket

Jack London

A framing story is told in the first person by Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison for murder. Prison officials try to break his spirit by means of a torture device called "the jacket," a canvas jacket which can be tightly laced so as to compress the whole body, inducing angina. Standing discovers how to withstand the torture by entering a kind of trance state, in which he walks among the stars and experiences portions of past lives. The jacket itself was actually used at San Quentin at the time and Jack London's descriptions of it were based on interviews with a former convict named Ed Morrell, which is also the name of a character in the novel. For his role in the Sontag and Evans gang which robbed the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1890s, Morrell spent fourteen years in California prisons (1894-1908), five of them in solitary confinement. London championed his pardon. After his release, Morrell was a frequent guest at London's Beauty Ranch. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

A framing story is told in the first person by Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison for murder. Prison officials try to break his spirit by means of a torture device called "the jacket," a canvas jacket which can be tightly laced so as to compress the whole body, inducing angina. Standing discovers how to withstand the torture by entering a kind of trance state, in which he walks among the stars and experiences portions of past lives. The jacket itself was actually used at San Quentin at the time and Jack London's descriptions of it were based on interviews with a former convict named Ed Morrell, which is also the name of a character in the novel. For his role in the Sontag and Evans gang which robbed the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1890s, Morrell spent fourteen years in California prisons (1894-1908), five of them in solitary confinement. London championed his pardon. After his release, Morrell was a frequent guest at London's Beauty Ranch. (Introduction by Wikipedia)
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

A framing story is told in the first person by Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison for murder. Prison officials try to break his spirit by means of a torture device called "the jacket," a canvas jacket which can be tightly laced so as to compress the whole body, inducing angina. Standing discovers how to withstand the torture by entering a kind of trance state, in which he walks among the stars and experiences portions of past lives. The jacket itself was actually used at San Quentin at the time and Jack London's descriptions of it were based on interviews with a former convict named Ed Morrell, which is also the name of a character in the novel. For his role in the Sontag and Evans gang which robbed the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1890s, Morrell spent fourteen years in California prisons (1894-1908), five of them in solitary confinement. London championed his pardon. After his release, Morrell was a frequent guest at London's Beauty Ranch. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

10h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

42:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:24