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White Fang by Jack London
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White Fang (1906)

by Jack London

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Series: Junior Classics for Young Readers

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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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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 |
I've lost track of how many times I read this as a kid. Wonderful book! ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Opinion- I loved this book very much. It is now one of my favorite books. I liked how the book showed the events before White Fang was born. I also enjoyed all the action and the fighting. My favorite book setup is when the events are in chronological order. I liked how White Fang was described and how all the details of the book were described. I really hope that Jack London makes more books on wolves.
Summary- In this book Henry and Bill were traveling with their dogs to get to a certain town. One day on their trip Bill thought that there was an extra dog in the pack when he was feeding them. Later on Bill was killed by the wolves and Henry was saved by strangers no dogs lived. The pack then broke into two wolf packs and one by one died and then She-Wolf and One-Eye were the only ones that survived and then they had cubs. The only cub that lived through winter was White Fang. Then White Fang met Gray Beaver then they went to the market then white fang was sold for a drug. Then Beauty Smith made white fang fight for his living. Then white fang was taken by someone responsibly then lived a happy life in the country. ( )
  Zachw.b2 | May 31, 2018 |
3.5 Stars

A bit repetitive after a while. Also wasn't particular fond of the way the mind of White Fang was portayed. I'm not conviced that any wolf would see a human as a God (or Love God). They are smart animals, but the terminology didn't feel right.

My favorite part of the whole book was the beginning:
"It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage frozen-hearted Northland Wild."
"It is not the way of the Wild to like movement. Life is an offence to it, for life is movement; and the Wild aims always to destroy movement."

...after that it went downhill.


Anyway, still not a bad book. And suprisingly easy to read for its age (1906).

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  newcastlee | Dec 30, 2017 |
White fang a wolf that is taken into the arms of humanity at a young age and is treated carelessly. He was found by Gray Beaver and used as a sled and guard dog. His time with Gray Beaver changed him, he thought everything was out to hurt him. He made enemies with all the other puppies, dogs, and people in the village. Growing up this way made him smarter, craftier, and better at fighting than most dogs. Gray beaver takes the dogs to a port and every day White Fang goes and kills the new white man dogs. The scoundrel Beauty Smith notices White Fang and being a scoundrel wants White Fang as a fighting dog. Using alcohol he gets what he wants, beating White Fang on daily basis and starving him. Then has him fight other dogs. One fight the man named Scott Weedon interferes and forcefully buys White Fang. White Fang is reconditioned with love and care to be a faithful wolf and saves Scott Weedon's life several times.
I liked this book because it was full of surprising twists and it was very hard to sleep without knowing the ending. It was fun to see the wolf turn from monster to loving pet. I gave is book five stars because it was fun and easy to read and was very interesting. It was interesting when I read The Call of the Wild to compare the stories on how both animals no matter how different had the same experiences. ( )
  EmilyH.G1 | Dec 15, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
London, JackAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Applegate, KatherineIntroductionsecondary 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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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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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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