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Call of the Wild by Jack London

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
Tags:20th Century Classic

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)

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It's great juvenile literature, however, adults could also enjoy it for its so many fine qualities. Dog lovers and nature lovers in general will share more than one state of mind with Buck and the general description of the wilderness. Highly recommended. ( )
  EnockPioUlle | Jun 24, 2017 |
This book is much more brutal than I expected. It is written from the perspective of Buck, a St. Bernard/Scotch Shephard mix who lives comfortably with the family of a lawyer. He is stolen and sold, transported to Alaska, is harshly beaten and worked into the ground as a sled dog, and goes through many owners. Over this time, his wild instincts return. He strives to be a leader, and doesn't hesitate to steal, intimidate, and kill. At one point working for an incompetent group of travelers, he has had enough and refuses to go on. In that moment he is saved by John Thornton, who shows him true love. Even still, he feels the call of the wild, urging him to pursue memories of his ancestors.
  widdowsd | Jun 11, 2017 |
Another one of those books that seems to have gotten past me in my school days, I just recently read The Call of the Wild for the first time. Like many of these books that I'm discovering pretty much everyone else has read except me, I think I'm glad that I came at them as an adult, as I don't think I would have revisited them had I read them earlier, and I don't think I would have taken away as much when I was younger. Jack London's story about Buck, a St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd who is kidnapped from his idyllic southern California home to be a sled dog in the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush is a powerful tale. We follow Buck's journey as he discovers that not all men are kind like his previous owners, learns to navigate the ins and outs of the sled dog's pack pecking order, and finally as he discovers the primal nature of his being as he eventually starts to venture out into the wilderness on his own. The imagery that London uses in describing Buck's discovery of that primal nature is remarkable; I think of anything else in the book, I enjoyed these sequences best. ( )
  tapestry100 | Jun 3, 2017 |
Very enjoyable. I felt like Buck's dreaming of prehistoric man was unnecessary and I think it would have been better without that. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
What is Call of the Wild. Call of the Wild is a book about a dog named Buck.
I'm the beginning of the story he is very well taken care of by his owner (The Mayor). The mayor didn't know it would be his last walk around the gardens with him. Until the groundskeeper called for him. Buck came to the familiar voice and just like that he was trapped no where to go. He was shoved into a car and drove to the nearby train station. There was a man looking like he was waiting for Buck. He was he bought Buck right the groundskeepers hands from Buck's collar. Then he was taken, beaten , and barely fed. He arrived in Canada Buck had no idea what was coming. About a month later people were placing bets on him whether or not he could break out a half ton sled. He did and he became famous in many households.

Why would I reccomend this book to you? I would reccomend this book to you because the sequencing is very well done. The book itself isn't that long but it contains many moments of action and passion for the animals that you can feel too. Jack London is an extremely well known for this book and others too. In other words he is not an ametuer when it comes to his literature skills. One last thing, you will never get bored of reading this book, it's very entertaining like the Hunger Games or Harry Potter. That's why I reccomend to people who might like a little more action in their books. ( )
  EthanLG1 | Feb 3, 2017 |
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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 / 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.
[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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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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