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by Jack London

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Disclaimer: I only read Call of the Wild and about half of White Fang. It's hard to read those two books back to back. They're just so similar in tone and style. It gets kind of boring. Besides, I'd seen White Fang with Ethan Hawke way back when, so once I got the feel for how the book was different, there wasn't much point to keep going. Jack London's writing is good, though a bit tedious at times. If you've never read his work before, I'd recommend Call of the Wild because, well, it's shorter. If you like that, then keep going. Otherwise you get the point. I probably would have loved these books when I was 12, which is how old I was when White Fang the movie came out. ( )
  Bradley_Kramer | May 15, 2014 |
In the novel “White Fang” by Jack London, does not metaphorically show London’s autobiography as The Call of The Wild did, but it was still a gripping and intense novel.

Set in the middle of the Yukon Wilderness, two men by the names of Bill and Henry are returning the body of a man named Lord Nelson, “whom the wild had conquered and beaten down until he would never move or struggle again.” While they are asleep, some of their sled dogs go missing. one day they were on their sled, and one of their sled dogs, One Eye, sees a She-Wolf, that lured him into a trap with a pack of wolfs. Bill was killed by the wolfs , but Henry was able to get away, and he was later rescued by men looking for Lord Nelson.

The novel then centers around the pack of wolfs, which One Ear has now joined. After a while, One Ear and the She-Wolf mated and had a litter of pups. A famine came along,and only one pup survives, which will later be named White Fang. The pup and the She-Wolf come to the Indian village, where the She-Wolf’s master resides. White Fang is then terrorized by the other dogs in the tribe, especially by a dog named Lip-Lip. This makes White Fang Vicious and ferocious.

As I read this novel, I truly enjoyed the variation between vicious attacks and action, and the Wolfs just trying to survive. One specific recollection of this was when the Wolf Pack attacked the Sled Dogs , and then were on the road, surviving in famines, living from ration to ration. I did not enjoy the beginning of the novel, when it was centered around the two men, instead of One Eye. In my opinion, London could’ve added One Ear more than he did.

Overall, “White Fang” is an extremely good novel, and I would recommend this to anyone who has read any other Jack London novels. ( )
  br13pewe | Sep 13, 2012 |
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To this day Jack London is the most widely read American writer in the world," E. L. Doctorow wrote in The New York Times Book Review. Generally considered to be London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published in 1903. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. "No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild," said H. L. Mencken. "Here, indeed, are all the elements of sound fiction."
        White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is "To Build a Fire," a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike, but containing all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy.
        "The quintessential Jack London is in the on-rushing compulsive-ness of his northern stories," noted James Dickey. "Few men have more convincingly examined the connection between the creative powers of the individual writer and the unconscious drive to breed and to survive, found in the natural world. . . . London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction."

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Generally considered to be London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published in 1903. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is "To Build a Fire," a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike.… (more)

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