The Call of the Wild and White Fang / Edition 1by Jack London
Pub. Date: 07/13/2004
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine accustomed to a comfortable life as a family dog -- until he's seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog. There, the forbidding landscape is as harsh as life itself during the gold rush of the 1890s. Forced to function in a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, Buck adapts quickly. Traces of his earlier existence are obliterated and he reverts to his dormant primeval instincts, encountering danger and adventure as he becomes the leader of a wolf pack and undertakes a journey of nearly mythical proportions. Superb details, taken from Jack London's firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, make this classic tale of endurance as gripping today as it was over a century ago. One of literature's most popular and exciting adventure stories, The Call of the Wild will enrich the reading experience of youngsters, and rekindle fond memories of a favorite among older generations.
Table of Contents
CALL OF THE WILD. 1. Into the Primitive. 2. The Law of Club and Fang. 3. The Dominant Primordial Beast. 4. Who Has Won to Mastership. 5. The Toil of Trace and Trail. 6. For the Love of a Man. 7. The Sounding of the Call. WHITE FANG. Part 1: THE WILD. 1. The Trail of the Meat. 2. The She-Wolf. 3. The Hunger Cry. Part 2: BORN OF THE WILD. 1. The Battle of the Fangs. 2. The Lair. 3. The Grey Cub. 4. The Wall of the World. 5. The Law of Meat. Part 3: THE GODS OF THE WILD. 1. The Makers of Fire. 2. The Bondage. 3. The Outcast. 4. The Trail of the Gods. 5. The Covenant. 6. The Famine. Part 4: THE SUPERIOR GODS. 1. The Enemy of His Kind. 2. The Mad God. 3. The Reign of Hate. 4. The Clinging Death. 5. The Indomitable. 6. The Love-Master. Part 5: THE TAME. 1. The Long Trail. 2. The Southland. 3. The God's Domain. 4. The Call of Kind. 5. The Sleeping Wolf.
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It was an okay book, I must admit, but the story line was very poor. It seemed as if the call of the wild had no point to it, at all. His descriptions and everything were all right, I mean it kept you reading, but his plot was very messy, especially in call of the wild. It seemed as though it lead you to nothing, really. I must admit, White Fang had a better ending, a little more planned out than Call of the Wild, but they both almost seemed the same. It was all right, don't get me wrong, it all seemed planned out carefully to start with, up until the end. I don't get why it became a classic, but it was still an okay read. Hey, a pretty good write for a crazy, suicidal author.