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Call of the Wild (original 1903; edition 1963)

by Jack London

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Title:Call of the Wild
Authors:Jack London
Info:Atheneum (1963), Paperback, 172 pages
Collections:Classics
Rating:****
Tags:20th Century Classic

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)

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Buck's journey from domestic dog, to sled dog, to wolf. Aspects of nobility in returning to nature and civilisation as superior to 'wildness' mixed in a way that I found a little hard to reconcile, maybe colonialism? ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 13, 2016 |
I had never read anything by Jack London before, and felt pretty guilty about that fact, so I picked up The Call of the Wild on audiobook and loved it. The prose was elegant in its simplicity, the pacing was quick and engaging, and I felt Buck wasn't made too human.

Excellent read. I would recommend it to anyone. ( )
1 vote shulera1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
I have always wanted to read this book and found it to be a great read. The point of view of a dog works well and I love the style of writing, very detailed/descriptive.
1 vote Jacqcar | Jun 6, 2016 |
I first read this in the 1960s. Good adventure story from the dog's viewpoint. ( )
1 vote ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
A thrilling story about a dog named Buck, The Call of the Wild reads like a tale told by a gruff, wizened old frontiersman around a campfire. Written above all with the assured hand of a bona fide storyteller, it is possessing of beautiful prose and no small amount of pathos. It does what all great novellas/short novels do, which is feel much weightier than its page count would suggest. It manages to cover, in about 100 pages (depending on your edition), themes of love and loyalty, friendship and rivalry, law and order, the clash between the desire for solitude and for companionship and, most importantly, the boundaries between the civilized and the primordial.

In this latter respect it reminded me a bit of John Williams' later Western novel Butcher's Crossing, but in truth I recognised in London's turn-of-the-century novel evidence of his undoubted influence on American literature as a whole. London is an antecedent of Hemingway and, to a lesser extent, Steinbeck: two of my favourite writers, so this book was a real treat for me. Furthermore, I have always had a fascination with the Western genre (The Call of the Wild fits in this genre thematically if not geographically) and London's book epitomises everything I love about the American adventure novel. It is epic in its adventure, magical in its prose and thoughtful and profound in its message. You could submit the manuscript to the finest writers and editors and would not improve upon a single word. London makes you invest in this mere 'story about a dog'; The Call of the Wild will, by the end, win over even the most intractable sceptic. If all this sounds like hyperbole, then read it yourself (it is only short, after all) and then come back to tell me how wrong you were. ( )
1 vote MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
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The call of the wild and three other Klondike stories (The Classic Collection) by Jack London

The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

Companion Library: Black Beauty / The Call of the Wild by Companion Library

Call of the Wild by Jack London: A Casebook With Text Background Sources, Reviews, Critical Essays and Bibliography by Jack London

The Call of the Wild; White Fang; The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

Jack London : Romans, récits, nouvelles du Grand Nord by Jack London

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Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.
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[it was] because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil and furry coats to protect them from the frost.
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This is the main work for The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Do not combine with any adaptation, abridgement, or omnibus containing additional works.

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First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.

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The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

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