The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

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Buck is a dog born to luxury, but his life changes dramatically when he is sold to be a sled dog in the Yukon Terrority. First published in 1903, this masterpiece of adventure and survival continues to enthrall readers almost a century later.

Publisher: London : Kingfisher, 2002
ISBN: 9780753454930
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lon
Description: 201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Davidson, Andrew 1958-


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The Call of the Wild, considered by many London's greatest novel, is a gripping tale of a heroic dog that, thrust into the brutal life of the Alaska Gold Rush, ultimately faces a choice between living in man's world and returning to nature.

Buck is a dog born to luxury, but his life changes dramatically when he is sold to be a sled dog in the Yukon Territory. (Publisher Description)

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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HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1933)." from American Library Association

Apr 05, 2018

Abducted from his comfortable home in sunny California to satisfy the manic demand for sled dogs, Buck is carted off to Alaska at the height of Alaskan Gold Rush fervor. Though this new environment is unlike anything he has experienced previously, he's somehow able to call upon his ancient lupine heritage and instinct and adapt surprisingly readily to the life of a working dog in the cold north, passed off from handler to handler, some foolish and cruel and others caring and kind.

I first read 'The Call of the Wild' in fourth grade, and I suspect that some of the vocabulary and nuances went over my head at the time, so I'm glad I picked it up again. Though there are some admittedly problematic themes viewing through a modern lens (animal cruelty, for one), at its core it is a thrilling tale of adventure from another more exotic time and place.

I first picked up this book when I was bored at a Goodwill store. The writing was what held me until the dogs started interacting and becoming the main characters, yet without speaking or doing anything to break the realism. Then I started to lap it up (pun intended), especially the confrontation with Spitz. I don't love everything about the book, but it's still absolutely captivating for me.

Jul 29, 2016

Jack London writes really great classic novels that immediately draws the reader in. Told from Buck's perspective, he learns to adapt to the harsh wilderness and also learns to obey the law of club and fang. This is definitely one of the best written classic novels there is to read.

May 12, 2016

This was a great book that was thoroughly enjoyable. It puts a whole new perspective on the nature of dogs. A must read for dog lovers and those that aren't . Its a fabulous book would gladly see the movie.

Jan 16, 2016

Jack London's classic, The Call of the Wild, centers on the themes of nature and nurture. Buck, a dog beloved by a family in California, is taken as the winnings of gambling, and shipped to the Klondike. There, instead of being lord of his manor, he is forced into the brutal reality of the ways of clubs and fangs and claws. He adapts, he changes, he hardens.

An interesting look into the author's experiences of life in the Klondike, from the point of view of a sled dog.

Jan 06, 2016

As a general rule, I don't like dogs. Not one bit, I am a cat lover and PROUD OF IT, so naturally I didn't think I'd like this book very much. I was so wrong. Call Of The Wild is simply beautiful. Though it is told in third person past-tense, you can really feel the dog, Buck speaking to the reader, his thoughts clearly displayed with wonderful accuracy though the pages.

Oh yes, the pages. The main reason I don't read a lot of classics is that I am turned off by the length. Sorry, but I don't have time to read 400 pages of THE SAME BOOK.

This book is less the a hundred pages, and yet covers years of Buck's life very accurately.

The writing is a bit old fashioned, but that is to be expected, and it is certainly a classic that has aged well.

I am a younger teenager and I greatly enjoyed this book. I don't like dogs, I'll say it again, but the book isn't so much about dogs as about animals as a whole.

Call Of The Wild is a beautiful story, easily read in one sitting or two, and, surprisingly, has become one of my favorite books.

Oct 01, 2015

a truly wonderful story of adaption bravery and strength. how to go through all kinds of trial and trouble from a rather cozy life in soth cal. to becoming later in the end the leader of an alaskan wolf pack... fazinating.

Aug 06, 2015

good story very powerful story of dog in Alaska who ultimately becomes wild

Jul 01, 2014

Someone must have spent too much time in the cold. Story took on a supernatural nature to it. Not realistic and certainly not believable. Entertaining? yes. A classic? to me, no.

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Aug 01, 2015

“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”

Dec 22, 2010

And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark.

Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener’s helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and diverse small copies of himself.


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