The Call of the Wild Paperback
by Jack London
Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 64 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Publication Date: 18/03/1991
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780486264721
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Review by kayceel
I reread this recently in preparation for a book discussion (which was cancelled, unfortunately), but I found I'd remembered a lot from my first reading back in middle school (oh, roughly 20 yrs ago...).Buck, a family pet, is stolen during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s and sold as a sled dog, a role to which Buck finds himself taking well, despite the brutality he faces from evil humans to fellow dogs to the brutal cold environment.London writes from Buck's point-of-view, and in doing so, emphasizes action and instinct, rather than introspective thought, making this story a rough read but fascinating.Recommended for ages 12 and up (younger kids may have trouble with London's writing and the vernacular of some of the human characters).
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Review by DeltaQueen50
The Call of the Wild by Jack London is a book I have long wanted to read, somehow missing this classic as a younger reader. Now that I have read it, I am glad that this was missed in my younger days as I don’t know if I would have been able to handle the animal cruelty that plays such a large part of this story. Maybe we were tougher years ago as many of the great animal classic stories like this one, Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe have many scenes that today would not be accepted in a children’s story.The story of Buck, being snatched from his easy life in California and being taken to work in the gold fields, shows him to be a special dog, dominant and intelligent, and, after finding out how cruel man can be, he learns to read both people and the situations that arise in his life. The story follows Buck as he is passed through various owners, some cruel, some indifferent and one that Buck learns to love. All the while, deep inside Buck comes a call, a desire to run free in the wilderness.At my much advanced age, I can now appreciate Jack London’s writing, especially when describing the Alaskan wilderness. The story is fast paced with excellent action sequences and overall I would class this a great read, if, and it’s a big if, you can face the brutality of what Buck goes through. The themes of like natured beasts calling out to each other, and the luring back to the primordial life that exists deep in memory are a little dated but overall this is a compelling read. London uses language like a poet, simple, at times savage but always rich in imagery.
Review by Melina_Hiatt_Easter
The Call of the Wild centers around a dog named Buck and his survival in the human world. The book grapples with themes such as violences and nurture vs. nature. Students who enjoy reading about the struggle to survive harsh conditions will enjoy this book.