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Great brook I found it very captivating. Mr London has a very well versed vocabulary that he uses in this novel to connect you to both nature and animal. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Although some people may find it violent and somewhat barbaric. It definitely sparks an emotional response from the reader. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Alaska and Mr. London dead on describes the bitter and beautiful land, along with it's many 4 legged inhabitants. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys books about nature, animal life and exciting adventures.  

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Call of the wild
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The Call of the Wild by Jack London was published in 1903. It is about a dog named Buck. He has to convert from a domesticated dog to a sled dog in the Arctic. Buck was taken from his home and sent to the cold north. This was because sled dogs were in high demand by the northern gold miners.
Buck quickly learns by experience the harsh ways of man and beast that he was experiencing for the first time. He learned that he either had to submit or fight for dominance. He realized that a man with a club could easily hurt him. He also succeeded at killing the lead dog, Spitz, which, in turn, made him the lead dog. Shortly afterwards, he was sold to new owners.
His new owners were not very nice. They treated their dogs horribly. They made them pull to much weight. They actually fed them more than what was needed, but that just caused more problems in that, they ran out of food too soon. They did not take care of the dogs feet either. The dogs were in a lot of pain from all the cuts and the cold on their feet.
After being beaten, almost to death, Buck was taken from these people by a man name John Thornton. Buck loved this man. After he had healed, he set out on a journey with John Thornton and to find gold in the land even farther north. No man had ever returned from this place. They finally arrived and set up camp. A few days later, Buck ventured off into the wilderness. He came back to find that all of the other dogs and all of the men were dead. They had been killed by Indians while he was away.
After this, Buck is finally free from everyone. No one can own him anymore. He joins up with a pack of wolves. They became the terror of Indians all around. This is how Buck answers the call of the wild.
This storyline could be very exciting. Instead, Jack London uses so many vivid and detailed descriptions that the thrill of it slowly deteriorates because of of all the other factors. It was also full of false evolutionary concepts, weird dog dreams, and some immoral ideas. On top of all of this, every one of the main characters, with the exception of Buck, are either forgotten or dead by the end of the book.
Jack London seems to have been heavily influenced by Darwin’s theories. For instance, Buck would lie down by the fire and have dreams of an ancient “half-man.” Consider this quote: “...Buck spent long hours musing by the fire. The vision of the short-legged hairy man came to him more frequently now that there was little work to be done; and often, blinking by the fire, Buck wandered with him in that other world which he remembered.” (London, 1996, p. 104)’
This seems strange to me and since I do not believe the theory of evolution, I disagree with this too. Buck would also “remember” things that his wild ancestors knew, and was able to adjust to his new life better because of this. It seems unrealistic that a dog who, along with his recent ancestors, had been domesticated for all of his life should be able to just “know” how to survive in the wild. “It was no task for him [Buck] to learn to fight with cut and slash and the quick wolf snap. In this manner had fought forgotten ancestors. They quickened the old life within him, and the old tricks which they had stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks.” (London, 1996, p. 38)
In my opinion, The Call of the Wild provides great, historical information about sledding and the Arctic. However, I would enjoy it more if it had less descriptions and more action and dialogue. Furthermore, moral concepts in this book are ones that we should not copy. To conclude, this book is more “historical fantasy’ and less fiction.
 

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marvelous
It doesn't always have to be the latest, greatest blockbuster. This book is really well written and takes you on an unforgettable journey. One of my favorite books that I read in 2010.

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Call of the wild
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The call of the wild
Well done to Google for making this book available to read and for free. A short story of fine content that in my days of darkness shed a little light upon my soul. Thank you Google.

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Call of the wild

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Call of the wild
Not what you really think ................ Its better but really very sad

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