To Build a Fire
by Jack London
We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)
(5) Tree Line
For the most part, London's language is straightforward and easy to understand. But he does throw in a pretty long sentence every now and then. For example, the opening sentence of the story is thirty-nine words, and it might make you think the whole story is going to be a rough slog. But once you get used to its rhythm, the story unfolds fairly comfortably…
… for you, that is. Not for the main character.