Jack London is famous all over the world. And he is still the most popular writer in Russia. His stories are about life and death, courage and cowardice, love and treachery. He wrote more than 200 stories. All of them are great, it was difficult to find the most thrilling ones. Enjoy reading Jack London’s stories online.
Джек Лондон. Рассказы на английском языке
I. Уровень «легкий» для начинающих (читать, слушать, текст адаптирован)
1. Jack London. To build a Fire ( in English, adapted, level pre-intermediate)
The man walked down the trail on a cold, gray day. Pure white snow and ice covered the Earth for as far as he could see. This was his first winter in Alaska. He was wearing heavy clothes and fur boots. But he still felt cold and uncomfortable.
The man was on his way to a camp near Henderson Creek (ручей Гендерсона). His friends were already there. He expected to reach Henderson Creek by six o’clock that evening. It would be dark by then. His friends would have a fire and hot food ready for him.
2. The Story of Keesh (in English, adapted, level pre-intermediate)
Keesh lived at the edge of the polar sea. He had seen thirteen suns in the Eskimo way of keeping time. Among the Eskimos, the sun each winter leaves the land in darkness. And the next year, a new sun returns, so it might be warm again.
The father of Keesh had been a brave man. But he had died hunting for food. Keesh was his only son. Keesh lived along with his mother, Ikeega.
One night, the village council met in the big igloo of Klosh-kwan, the chief. Keesh was there with the others. He listened, then waited for silence.
3. The Law of Life (in English, adapted, level pre-intermediate)
The old Indian was sitting in the snow. It was Koskoosh, former chief of his tribe. Now, all he could do was sit and listen to the others. His eyes were old. He could not see, but his ears were wide open to every sound.
“Aha.” That was the sound of his daughter, Sit-cum-to-ha. She was beating the dogs, trying to make them stand in front of the snow sleds. He was forgotten by her, and by the others, too. They had to look for new hunting grounds. The long, snowy ride waited. The days of the northlands were growing short. The tribe could not wait for death. Koskoosh was dying.
4. The God of His Fathers (in English, adapted, level pre-intermediate)
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II. Уровень «средний» (читать, слушать, текст адаптирован)
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