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Call of the Wild & White Fang [omnibus - Wordsworth Classics]

by Jack London

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I read White Fang two years ago for school and don't remember much about it, but Call of The Wild I just finished. It's interesting how you can make a dog a well-rounded character. I like Buck because he progresses and changes throughout the story. He starts out well cared for and is stolen by a man in a red sweater who beats him with a club. He learns "The Law of Club and Fang" which is kind of a dog-eat-dog philosophy. He becomes more powerful, wild, and aggressive. He learns what love is when John Thorton saves his life. ( )
  SebastianHagelstein | Jun 12, 2014 |
I've listened to the first book in this set, The Call of the Wild. It was a book I read when I was young but I didn't remember much about it. Buck was taken from his life of luxury on Judge Miller's ranch and sold to men who were putting together dog teams to travel the Yukon gold rush. Buck is an exceptional dog, smart and a leader and he soon gains the admiration of people who see him. But it is a hard life and becomes even harder when he is sold to three inexperienced gold rushers. Buck eventually refuses to lead the dog team and he is almost killed but he is saved by a man, Thornton, who is recovering from an injury. Thornton and Buck become very close but Buck starts to feel the "call of the wild". He spends days away from the mining camp and on one of his trips the camp is overrun by natives and Thornton and his partners are killed.

I can't quite feel comfortable with the level of violence in this book. I must have noticed it when I was young and it didn't stick with me but I would hesitate to recommend this to very young readers.

Now I've listened to White Fang the other book in this virtual boxed set. Again the level of violence bothered me but at least in this book someone recognized the inhumane treatment of the dog.

White Fang was born of a dog mother and a wolf father. His mother was also probably part wolf. At the start of the book she is running with a pack of wolves who follow two men who are taking a coffin by dog sled back to civilization. The female tempts the sled dogs away from the safety of the fire at night and then the pack kills them. The wolves also kill one of the men and the survivor is close to becoming their next meal when other men turn up. The female, Kiche, mates with one of the wolves (the one that kills the two other possible suitors) and she gives birth to five cubs. However her mate is killed and Kiche is unable to provide for the cubs. Only White Fang survives because he is the strongest. On one of his explorations while Kiche is out hunting he stumbles into an encampment of natives. Kiche comes to his rescue but she is recognized by Grey Beaver as his brother's dog. When he calls her by name Kiche she starts to wag her tail and allows the natives to tie her up. Kiche and White Fang go to live in the large encampment that Grey Beaver belongs to. White Fang refers to Grey Beaver and the other humans as gods although they don't seem to treat him very well. Mostly White Fang is left to fend for himself against all the other puppies who attack him because he is considered to be a wolf.

After many trials and tribulations White Fang is sold to a white man in Fort Yukon who stages dog fights. White Fang manages to kill all opponents but when a bulldog is put in the ring with him he has his work cut out for him. It looks like the bulldog, from sheer tenaciousness, is going to kill White Fang. In the nick of time a young mining engineer, Weedon Scott, comes by and manages, by using his pistol, to loosen the bulldog's grip on White Fang. He takes White Fang home and manages, by showing the first kindness White Fang has ever received, to gain his love and trust. When Weedon Scott returns to California he is forced to take White Fang with him. White Fang has lots to learn about being a domesticated animal but Scott never gives up on him. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 10, 2013 |
"The Call of the Wild" is a short novel about Buck, a St. Bernard/Scotch Shepherd mix who is taken from his comfortable California home during the fever of the Klondike gold rush, and pressed into duty as a sled team dog. He is passed on to a succession of masters, quickly shedding his soft civilized shell and becoming lean, hard and resourceful. Eventually the death of his final master at the hands of the Yeehat Indian tribe leads to Buck's freedom and an opportunity to join the wolf pack that runs through the forest. The book is a short masterpiece of occasionally lyrical beauty.

"White Fang" is a more substantial work that in some ways reverses the theme of "The Call of the Wild", as we see the progression of White Fang, a wolf/dog born in the wild who follows his mother as she returns to the Yeehat tribe she left during a famine some years back. White Fang learns the ways of these gods who are now his masters, until he is sold to a cruel white human who makes him a sport-fighting dog and brutalizes him until he is a merciless hate-filled demon of a dog. When a kind human liberates him from his torment, it is an open question if, and to what degree, White Fang can join the society of man and canine. I actually enjoyed this more than London's more famous work. It was also surprising to me that a pair of books written over a century ago could show such enlightened attitudes about human society and animal treatment. ( )
  burnit99 | Sep 29, 2013 |
The call of the wild: Stolen from his life as a beloved pet, Buck must learn to adapt to abuse as a Klondike sled dog, to life with a loving master, John Thornton, and finally, when Thornton dies, to life in the wild as a leader of the wolf pack.

White Fang: The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.
  BlessedHopeAcademy | Jul 27, 2013 |
The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.
  BlessedHopeAcademy | Dec 12, 2011 |
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"Old longings nomadic leap,
chafing at custom's chain;
Again from its brumal sleep
Wakens the ferine strain."
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Buck did not read newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing.
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Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway.
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Contains both (and only) Call of the wild and White fang.
The Wordsworth Classics edition (ISBN 1853260266) sometimes referred to as The Call of the Wild is actually an omnibus edition of both The Call of the Wild and White Fang, so it should not be combined with either individual work.
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AR 8.0, 7 Pts - Call of the Wild

AR 7.4, 13 Pts - White Fang
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The Call Of The Wild is the  story of Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrust  into the merciless life of the Arctic north to  endure hardship, bitter cold, and the savage  lawlessness of man and beast. White Fang  is the adventure of an animal -- part dog, part  wolf --turned vicious by cruel abuse, then  transformed by the patience and affection of one man.

  Jack London's superb ability as a storyteller and  his uncanny understanding of animal and human  natures give these tales a striking vitality and  power, and have earned him a reputation as a  distinguished American writer.

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Two classic tales of dogs, one part wolf and one a Saint Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix that becomes leader of a wolf pack, as they have adventures in the Yukon wilderness with both humans and other animals. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

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