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The Call of the Wild: Annotated and Illustrated

by Jack London

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This book is a quick read, stirring to the imagination and interesting to the intellect. Books like this one, Black Beauty and Raptor Red offer us a particularly transformed way of seeing, by inhabiting so fully the other creatures that have walked the planet.

It's particularly interesting to see the American myths of the frontier through the eyes of this exceptional dog. Some archetypes and ideals transfer precisely from the Manifest Destiny of the humans to the Primordial Mastery of the dog, and some less so. Certainly the frontier is, for both, a Darwinian proving ground where the weak perish and the strong become legend.

What I enjoyed most about the story is the strong hold it finds on the reader's emotions. It gave me goosebumps many times over, and wormed its longing and its call into even my cozy, cat-lover's heart. I read many of its passages aloud (thanks to 3rd season Buffy for the idea) and found them musical and magical. ( )
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This is an annotated edition of The Call of the Wild, edited by Daniel Dyer. It has different work-to-work relationships than the main work by Jack London.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806129204, Paperback)

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, is one of America’s best-known novels. Currently published in more than twenty separate editions in English alone, this novel about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 to 1899 has been continuously in print since it first appeared in 1903.

Many editions of The Call of the Wild have distorted the original text: the violence is modified, the language is sanitized, and the punctuation and spelling are modernized. This new edition duplicates the original, which London himself edited and approved.

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