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The Call of the Wild by Jack London
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The Call of the Wild (1903)

by Jack London

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The main character Buck is a St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix that was a pampered pooch of a Judge Miller when he is stolen and sold to a group who sells sled dogs for the Yukon. He is mistreated and beaten into submission and is passed around until a man saves him from yet another abusive master. He escapes and is forced to channel his primeval instincts to survive all while finding and killing what murdered the Yeehat Indians. His story of loyalty and survival are dramatic and heart racing. ( )
  JessieIrwin9092 | Jun 12, 2019 |
When I initially read this American classic, I was in either elementary or high school. It had all the elements to entice a young boy. It is an adventure which occurs during the Yukon gold rush. The story's protagonist is Buck, an 140 lb St. Bernard and Scotch Collie mix, who is abducted from an easy life as the pet in St. Clara, California, and sold to dog traders who eventually sells him to mail couriers as a sled dog in the Yukon Territory. Buck will need to tap in to his more primeval instincts if he is to survive the harsh northern conditions. The third reason I chose this book is that it was short at less than 100 pages. I had recently read Moby Dick and I needed a break!

It has been good revisiting some of the classics I read as a youth. They become more enjoyable when you understand better literary themes and metaphors. ( )
  John_Warner | Mar 15, 2019 |
It's pretty hard to find fault with this story or the way it's told. It was particularly engaging to read while my family is in the process of rehabilitating a very fearful rescue dog. Jack London is among the go-to authors for perspective on how we think when you pare away frivolous comforts - and that's exemplified in CotW. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
Exciting. ( )
  brokensandals | Feb 7, 2019 |
I could almost feel the bitter cold, the pain from the abuse of Buck's life. A very well written little story with a profound message of loyalty, courage, instinct, cunning, and animal power, this was a gripping book. The author articulates a raw, base, primitive connection of earth and life. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
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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.
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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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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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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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