The Call of the Wild

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by Jack London
     
 
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Call of the Wild

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Publication date:
04/15/1990

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Call of the Wild 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Matt-Knowlton More than 1 year ago
This captivating novel is about a large wolf-like dog named Buck that gets exposed to many hardships and triumphs during the Alaskan Gold Rush. He goes from being a pet to a mail carrier to a sled dog. London shows these experiences through a dog's point of view, and all the other dogs in the story become humanlike characters with different idiosyncrasies. An example of this is Dave, one of the sled dogs Buck encounters. He is very monotone and spends his free time moping around.

Jack London also demonstrates the wide spectrum of humanity throughout the book and how Buck needs to adapt to it. At the beginning he is very safe from danger and hunger under the protection of Judge Miller. Suddenly he is dognapped and is treated terribly, confined in a cage and beaten with a club. Towards the end of the book a man treats him with fairness and respect.

In the novel there are many inner conflicts with Buck, and every problem put in front of him is something to overcome and become stronger from. There are many instances where Buck uses his instinct and brain to accomplish things that would otherwise be impossible, like when he leads the dog team after the original leader gets killed. In the end, he makes a life-changing choice and answers the call of the wild.
L-Higgidy More than 1 year ago
In Jack London¿s Call of the Wild, the focus is on a privileged, dog named Buck, who is one day forced to give up his cushy life as family dog in Santa Monica, California, when he is bought and sold to a sled team. He is then forced to adapt to both the harsh climates of Alaska, and his rough teammates. Buck experiences many owners throughout the book, and struggles with the ¿call of the wild¿, which is passed down through his ancestors.
Personally, I disliked the book. It may have been a realistic portrait of a sled dog, but it was too unnecessarily wordy. However, I do have to admit that it was a nice contrast with another London novel, White Fang, which tells the opposite story of a wild dog becoming civilized.
Written over one-hundred years ago, Call of the Wild is still widely-read book, due to its graphic portrayal of the life of a sled dog. First published in 1903, the book is still a best-seller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole book was utterly amazing.I thought it had fantastic discription and action.Though it was kinda' predictable throughout the story. I mean Curly gets killed ,Buck gets revenge, Spitz dies and Buck gets the roll of leader. Then it's like any dramatic-action story past that. The team gets moved around, the half-scotts breed shoots that one dog and after that the whole team dies except Buck. But when Buck belongs to John Thorton i hadn't really seen anything like that before. He saved his life three times and pulled a thousand pounds of flower. What a dog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book would be better if buck was not abused so much. I thought it was wrote fine but the whole plot i thought was horrible. It was the worst book i have ever read.
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avidreader10415 More than 1 year ago
The Call of the Wild- Review The Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck. Living a luxurious life with a wealthy master is the beginning of this story, but that life ends in an instant. Buck is kidnapped by a gardener's helper and is sent to the North where the ice lays to pull sleds. This is a tale about Buck and what he does in the North. This is a tale that will take many turns. Buck faces many dangers on this journey through the ruthless ice lands and survival is not a guarantee. The Call of the Wild is a very good book. Containing a lot of suspense and unexpected turns that the reader could not have guessed, this book goes above and beyond. For example, who would guess that Buck would go from living a luxurious life, to pulling sleds for world records, or even pulling a mail train on the ice? I also like how Jack London writes this book in first person. It gives us a chance to really know the character and know what he feels. But this is also something that I don't like about the book. Dogs think differently than humans. Since we are humans, we know how it feels and we can sort of relate to those characters. On the other hand, dogs don't think the same as humans and Jack London made Buck think like a human so I didn't really like that part. I also liked his descriptions of the setting. He describes it very well and vividly and I think that he put just the right amount of information in. This book is written very well. The way that Jack London wrote it, it is one of those books that really catch you from the start. I really loved this book and I think that it is good for almost everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buck, a german shepard dog that was stolen and transported to the north to be a sled dog for francois and then interacts with many other of the dogs on the sled team. Henry treats Buck well and takes him to ownership and then Buck makes Henry by winning a bet to pull alot of weight and Henry used the money to help himself out with the search for gold. Later in the story, Buck runs in the forest and meets a pack of wolves but returns to Henry. Buck seems to wonder off more and more throughout the story and Buck and Henry with Henry's friends were ambushed by indians and killed. Buck attacks the indians and kills them all and after he lays next to Henry's body and starts getting emotional and then runs away to the wolf pack and becomes full wolf while Buck was adapting to the wild. this is a very emotional and amazing story.
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wildbore66 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to read. The Call of the wild has alot of symbolism in it which makes it a gret read. It shows freedom and slavery. It has alot of action, love, and mystery. If you love dogs you should read this book. This book is great for anyone and it is much more than a fifth grade as I have been told!!!!
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bmr20 More than 1 year ago
Call of the wild by Jack London is a story full of adventure and challenges for the main charactor Buck. Buck's life changed quickly , he was sold for money by a man who worked on his owner's land . He was to sent north to be a sled dog. Buck is not used to this new life, but he does and becomes very strong over time. He and the lead sled dog Spitz don't get along at all. So one day they fought to the death and Buck came out victorious. This book is great to read, it shows how to overcome obstacles in life. It shows perserverence and determination. I highly recommend this book to anyone, it was very enjoyable for me and I'm sure it will be for you.
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lincoln25 More than 1 year ago
In the book Call of the Wild the story takes place in the life of a dog. This allows a viewpoint from an animal that has been taken from the wild. This animal who is the main character from the book by Jack London his name is Buck. Buck has many different experiences from the beginning to the end. He has to face the villain who has made a bet with a person that does not have a high tolerance. The villain wants his money no matter what it takes to get it. So he gets the most abundant thing that the gardener can get. The gardener gets the dog and sells the dog to the villain. The dog is then taken to a shelter that holds dogs who have been taken or lost. The man that is in charge treats Buck badly and the dog ends up dying at the end of the story.
Anthony_H More than 1 year ago
The Call of the Wild This book is a rush of exciting things weather it's bad or good. It starts off as a dog and his owner. While attending a get together his dog is stolen and the dog (buck) fights the men but they hit him with a club. He keeps doing this in the car and they keep hitting buck till he passes out. When buck wakes up he is starving and parched. The men give him a piece of raw meat and a little bit of water. Later buck over hears them talking about how much money he'll make them. They sell buck and now he is a sled dog. He is sold to a person up north. He has to learn how to hold his own and to not trust everyone. There is several other dogs' spitz who is bucks worst friend. They get into a huge fight but ... I can't tell you who wins (you'll have to read it). He learns to defend the people he can trust and to protect the people that feed him and to protect some of the dog in the group. Like once, he had to protect his friends (dogs) from these huskies who had red eyes from starving and the huskies were consumed with hunger, that they would do anything for food. Buck is a very interesting dog and he makes a lot of action throughout the story.
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