Call of the Wild

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 2, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The Call Of The Wild is the  story of Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrust  into the merciless life of the Arctic north to  endure hardship, bitter cold, and the savage  lawlessness of man and beast. White Fang  is the adventure of an animal -- part dog, part  wolf --turned vicious by cruel abuse, then  transformed by the patience and affection of one man.

  Jack London's superb ability as a storyteller and  his uncanny understanding of animal and human  natures give these tales a striking vitality and  power, and have earned him a reputation as a  distinguished American writer.


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First off I should say that London is a great writer. - Goodreads
One weakness I found in the book was in the ending. - Goodreads
But the writing is certainly capable. - Goodreads
I disliked the ending very much. - Goodreads
All of the dogs die and there is no happy ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Demetrius Rogers - Goodreads

Who knew that dog psycology could be so mesmerizing! I chalk that up to Jack London's skill as an author. Such captivating prose - clear, eloquent, manly, pleasing to the ear, whew! I'll have to look into more works by this author. Read full review

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User Review  - Joey - Goodreads

While reading this, there were four things bubbling in the chambers of my mind: (1) Charles Darwin's idea of “survival of the fittest” (2) Nature vs. Nurture in psychology (3) The vampire movie I have ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

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