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White Fang (1906)

by Jack London, Jack London

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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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"To man has been given the grief, often, of seeing his gods overthrown and his altars crumbling; but to the wolf and the wild dog that have come in to crouch at man’s feet, this grief has never come."
  CatherineMachineGun | Jul 31, 2020 |
White Fang is a love letter to the struggle of the wild and civilization in all of us. Though some of the narrative elements do not hold up to today's standard, it is still an adventure worth a read.

The author’s love for the wild is obvious from the get-go. Every time he describes the alpine forests you can feel the cold air searing your lungs and the loneliness of the trees standing sentry over the ages. When he wants to paint a picture, he does a good job, as when he wants to immerse you in the story and character. White Fang himself is an understandable, but ferocious character, becoming a true demon in wolf-dog form as the story unfolds. Yet the path to this point is well examined. Instead of hating him, we pity him. He is a unique character to follow. He is never a saint, he is relatable and helps bring the themes out.

The author walks the fine tightrope of humanizing his furry lead without taking it to far. Though White Fang has emotions and self-awareness like a human, it is more of a matter of internal experiences. This makes the story relatable and the themes of the wild vs our inner natures feel believable. The area where the story is dated is in some of its depictions Native Americans. Compared to how the author talks and treats “white men” in the book, the others were unfairly devoid of nuance. Where we see both civilized and uncivilized ‘white men,’ for the others we see only one aspect: harshness. You could argue this complements the themes, since the native americans are closer to the wild, but this feels flat compared to the white men who walk the line between the two worlds as well. The book is still an excellent story as long as you can distance yourself from old cultural norms.

White Fang might not have the most action-packed adventure story, but the journey of the character is riveting and captivating. This is a story where the main draw isn't exploring a far off world, but the constant shifting world of an unlikely main character. Younger readers should read this as an excellent use of theme and character and older reads should check it out for the author’s masterful blending of our reality with that of the wild wolf's.

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  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
A good read. A bit repetitive in places, but enjoyable nonetheless. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
Many years ago our friend had a beautiful dog, named Bianca. She was 3/4 dog and 1/4 wolf, a wonderful, gentle family dog, and, like White Fang, from the "northlands." Although Jack London's White Fang is the reverse proportions of Bianca, and leads a very different life, I couldn't help but have Bianca on my mind while reading this classic story. I visualized a beautiful animal, even through the brutal descriptions of White Fang's life. The hunting and killing instinct for survival was inbred from White Fang's puppy-hood. But London puts us into the mind of the wolf-dog, as he learns the "laws" that govern his existence in the wild and in his relationships to the "god-men" who take him on. Without sentimentality the reader comes to understand how he might think and react toward other animals and people, and to appreciate both his wildness and his loyalty. I loved seeing him come to life. White Fang and those like him, even while acting on instincts, are indeed beautiful and intelligent animals.
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  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
Jack London has an intedible capacity to write from a dog's point of view - he obviously loves dogs, wolves, the snow, the wilderness. This story is about survival, the devastating effects of abuse, and the healing power of love.

White Fang is a wolf who is one-quarter dog. He grows up in the wild, learns its harsh lessons - eat or be eaten. He becomes a superior hunter, runner, extremely intelligent, wild and fierce. Then he becomes a dog when he encounters humans. He is beaten by his master and bullied by the other dogs - which makes him a savage killer who does not trust anyone or anything. He becomes solitary, vicious, angry. Until he encounters kindness and love - which slowly changes him.

Lovely and savage story at the same time. London's writing is simple, straightforward yet engrossing. A bit like Hemingway, with adjectives and feelings added. A great, quick read.
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  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
London, JackAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
London, Jackmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Applegate, KatherineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
BrugueraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chatty, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hootkins, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hutt, HenryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kent, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, T. C.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomley, BobNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen frozen waterway.
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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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Penguin Australia

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Tantor Media

2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400102685, 1400108888

Urban Romantics

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Editions: 1909175269, 1909175013

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