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White Fang (original 1906; edition 2003)

by Jack London

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Title:White Fang
Authors:Jack London
Info:Dalmatian Press (2003), Hardcover
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White Fang by Jack London (1906)

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    The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Anonymous user, kxlly)
    Anonymous user: Jack London's other famous tale of dogs in the wild.
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    A Dog Named Wolf by Erik Munsterhjelm (bookel)
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    The Wolfling by Sterling North (bookel)
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    The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna (hippietrail)
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Two men are out in the wild of the north. Their dogs disappear as they are lured by a she-wolf and eaten by the pack. They only have three bullets left and Bill, one of the men, uses them to try to save one of their dogs; he misses and is eaten with the dog. Only Henry and two dogs are left; he makes a fire, trying to drive away the wolves. They draw in close, and he is almost eaten, saved only by a company of men who were traveling nearby.

The wolves are in the midst of a famine. They continue on, lead by several wolves alongside the she-wolf, and when they finally find food the pack starts to split up. The she-wolf mates with one of the wolves and has a litter of pups. Only one survives after several more famines, and he grows strong and is a feisty pup.

They come to an Indian village where the she-wolf's (who is actually half-wolf, half-dog) master is. He catches her again and White Fang, her pup, stays nearby. Soon, she is sold to another Indian, while White Fang stays with Gray Beaver, her master. The other dogs of the village terrorize White Fang, especially one named Lip-lip.

White Fang becomes more and more vicious, encouraged by his master. He kills other dogs. Gray Beaver goes to Fort Yukon to trade and discovers whiskey. White Fang is passed into the hands of Beauty Smith, a monster of a man. He fights other dogs until he meets his match in a bulldog and is saved only by a man named Scott.

Scott tames White Fang and takes him back to California with him. There White Fang learns to love his master and his master's family and even saves Scott's father from a criminal that escaped from the nearby prison. White Fang has puppies with Collie, one of the master's dogs, and lives a happy life. ( )
  bostonwendym | Jul 25, 2016 |
I tried to read this book many times. I now wonder what took me so long! I really enjoyed this book, and the touching example of what a kind heart can do to a damaged soul. ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
As much as I admire and respect Shakespeare, Dickens and John Steinbeck, it is Jack London whose books should be taught in schools if teachers wish to foster a love for literature in the young. His prose is clean and straightforward yet also possessing of great power and beauty. His characters and plot are simple and direct yet gripping and possessing of a fierce energy and aching pathos. He taps into our innate human warmth and feelings of companionship towards animals, particularly dogs, but does not shy away from the brutality inflicted on them both by humankind and the impersonal savagery of nature itself. Young people don't like to be mollycoddled or patronised; London's plain-speaking prose and acknowledgement that life can be cruel and unfair would be respected.

White Fang is, with no disrespect intended, essentially The Call of the Wild in reverse. Whereas that earlier short novel saw a domesticated dog heading for the freedom of the northern wilds and extricating himself from human civilisation and the 'ancient covenant' with man, White Fang sees a wild wolf growing up and learning to adapt to the various human 'masters' he encounters. But whilst they are essentially two sides of the same coin – the prose, characterisations and tone are almost identical – White Fang addresses different themes and on this basis should be treated on its own merit. It is more than just a companion piece for The Call of the Wild.

The dominant theme – beyond evoking the companionship between man and dog – is civilization and how it tames nature. This is not Buck – from The Call of the Wild – learning the sole 'law of tooth and fang' in the wild; the wolf White Fang must learn myriad laws of human society, of what he can and cannot do. Above all, he learns that in "life there was limitations and restraints" (pp60-61) and that the "chief thing demanded by… civilisation was control, restraint" (pg. 212). The book shows the wolf's exploration of his consciousness in the learning of these laws, and how it shapes his behaviour. There is a repeated phrase used throughout the book of the 'clay' of White Fang being moulded by his surroundings. He is vicious when pressed into a fighting ring by the evil Beauty Smith, and affectionate when rescued and loved by Weedon Scott. Often, his temper is made harsher by society because he is compelled to do things that go against his nature or his instinct (pg. 132) and, through White Fang, we begin to see how we ourselves are shaped by our surroundings, our society and the compromises we have to make everyday.

This is why White Fang (and The Call of the Wild too) is so effective and so useful a novel. We relate to the animal characters (and not only White Fang) not out of any deliberate anthropomorphic designs on the part of the author but because we recognise the similarities between their nature and our own. The book gives us the gentle and uninsulting reminder that we ourselves are, beneath our intellectual and social finery, animals too. London encourages the recognition of this kinship between man and animal. He presents, for all the harshness of nature depicted, a message of love. He shows how love, even when it is hard-won, can be the most natural thing in the world.
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
Review: White Fang by Jack London. This is a wonderful animal classic. It’s a life story of an animal’s survival in the wilderness and among northern natives when all odds were against him.

However, it starts out when two white men were traveling for days by sled in freezing snow covered northern lands to deliver a corpse from one destination to another. At this time the men were in survival mode. Tracking behind them was a large pack of starving wolves that were clever enough to snatch the men’s sled dogs, one at a time, over a matter of a few days. How long did the men survive these attacks? Did they make it to civilization intact?

After answering the reader’s questions the story goes on by beginning with a pair (mates) of half staved wolves wondering alone, trying to survive their days in the wild vast wilderness of Yukon. Within a month, wolf pups were born and sometime after that the male wolf never returned to the alcove in the side of a rock ledge with any food to help them survive. Under blizzard weather and little food for the she wolf and her pups there was no chance for all of them to survive. Unfortunately only one pup lived.

There’s a lot of sadness to the story but a refreshing read. As the young wolf grew he was known as White Fang. He was treated badly by the harsh laws of nature and unjustified people that he grew fiercer and more independent in his struggle to survive. The short time he was with his mother he had affection and love, therefore deep within him were distant memories of that kindness and love…..Can White fang learn to trust man again?

Take a break with a heart warming survival story for those who need a rest from twisting crime and mystery novels. I recommend everyone at sometime must read this book. It’s my second time reading it and I would read it again, again and again….

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
An amazing book where a poor wolf-dog who, for the first time, experiences love./Maggie Muhich ( )
  MackintoshL | May 10, 2016 |
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London, Jackmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Applegate, KatherineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hutt, HenryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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White Fang is part dog, part wolf - and the only one of five tiny cubs to survive. In his lonely world, he soon learns to follow the harsh law of the North - kill or be killed. But nothing in White Fang's life can prepare him for the cruel owner who buys him and turns him into a vicious killer - a pit dog forced to fight for money. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master or will he die a fierce killer?
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With an introduction from award winning K.A. Applegate, White Fang is one of London's classic tales of survival and one of his most popular stories. White Fang is part dog, part wolf, and the lone survivor of his family. In his lonely world, he soon learns to follow the law of the North--kill or be killed.

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The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.

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