The Call of the Wild [NOOK Book]

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The Call of the Wild, published in 1903, remains London’s most famous work, blending his experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness with his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence. He drew these ideas from various influential figures, including Charles Darwin, an English naturalist credited with -developing theories about biological evolution, and Friedrich Nietzsche, a prominent German philosopher. The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable ...
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Overview

The Call of the Wild, published in 1903, remains London’s most famous work, blending his experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness with his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence. He drew these ideas from various influential figures, including Charles Darwin, an English naturalist credited with -developing theories about biological evolution, and Friedrich Nietzsche, a prominent German philosopher. The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.
The Plot:
Buck, a Saint Bernard/Scotch shepherd dog, lives a comfortable life in the Santa Clara Valley with his owner, Judge Miller. One day, Manuel, the Judge's gardener's assistant, steals Buck and sells him in order to pay a gambling debt. Buck is shipped to Alaska and sold to a pair of French Canadians named Francois and Perrault, who were impressed with his physique. They train him as a sled dog, and he quickly learns how to survive the cold winter nights and the pack society by observing his teammates. He and the vicious, quarrelsome lead dog, Spitz, develop a rivalry. Buck eventually defeats Spitz in a major fight, and after Spitz is defeated, the other dogs close in on him, and thus kill Spitz. Buck then becomes the leader of the pack.
Eventually, Buck is sold to a man named Charles, his wife, Mercedes, and her brother, Hal, who know nothing about sledding nor surviving in the Alaskan wilderness. They struggle to control the sled and ignore warnings not to travel during the spring melt. They first overfeed the dogs, then when their food supply starts running out, they do not feed them at all. As they journey on, they run into John Thornton, an experienced outdoorsman who notices that all of the sled dogs are in terrible shape from the ill treatment of their handlers. Thornton warns the trio against crossing the river, but they refuse to listen and order Buck to mush or move on. Exhausted, starving, and sensing the danger ahead, Buck refuses and continues to lay in the snow not moving except for breathing and blinking. After being beaten by Hal, Thornton recognizes him as a remarkable dog and is disgusted by the driver's beating of the dog. Thornton cuts him free from his traces and tells the trio he's keeping him, much to Hal's displeasure. After some argument, the trio leaves and tries to cross the river, but as Thornton warned, the ice gives way and the three fall into the river along with the neglected dogs and sled.
As Thornton nurses Buck back to health, Buck comes to love him and grows devoted to him. Buck saves Thornton when the man falls into a river. Thornton then takes him on trips to pan for gold. During one such trip, a man makes a wager with Thornton over Buck's strength and devotion. Buck wins the bet by breaking a half-ton sled out of the frozen ground, then pulling it 100 yards by himself, winning over a thousand dollars in gold dust. Thornton and his friends return to their camp and continue their search for gold, while Buck begins exploring the wilderness around them and begins socializing with a wolf from a local pack. One night, he returns from a short hunt to find his beloved master and the others in the camp have been killed by a group of Yeehat Indians. Buck eventually kills the Indians to avenge Thornton. After realizing his old life is a thing of the past, Buck follows the wolf into the forest and answers the call of the wild.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012641120
  • Publisher: JC PUB NETWORKS
  • Publication date: 2/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 210 KB

Meet the Author

Jack London, whose life symbolized the power of will, was the most successful writer in America in the early 20th Century. His vigorous stories of men and animals against the environment, and survival against hardships were drawn mainly from his own experience. An illegitimate child, London passed his childhood in poverty in the Oakland slums. At the age of 17, he ventured to sea on a sealing ship. The turning point of his life was a thirty-day imprisonment that was so degrading it made him decide to turn to education and pursue a career in writing. His years in the Klondike searching for gold left their mark in his best short stories; among them, The Call of the Wild, and White Fang. His best novel, The Sea-Wolf, was based on his experiences at sea. His work embraced the concepts of unconfined individualism and Darwinism in its exploration of the laws of nature. London died young, on November 22, 1916. He had been plagued by stomach problems and failing kidneys for years, but many have suggested that his death was a suicide. Whatever the cause, it is clear that London, who played the various roles of journalist, novelist, prospector, sailor, pirate, husband, and father, lived life to the fullest.
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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    I An Unexpectedly Great Read

    When I began the book, it was boring. But further into the book it turned into a great read! I would definitely recommend this book. I'm not into adventure books, but I love this book! Read this book!

    37 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    DO NOT GET THIS BOOK!!!

    The Call of the Wild is a wonderful story and I recommend it to everyone young and old. However, DO NOT get this particular copy. It is difficult to read due to a lot of weird letters and characters inserted throughout. I tried several different free versions and they all have this defect. I finally fouond one for $0.99 which was wonderful. I love free stuff same as the next person, but this isn't worth it.

    24 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    The Call of The Wild

    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.<BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Read before and reading it again!!!

    I love this book. I read it when I was in third grade and could not put it down. It's hard for me to like books because I really don't like reading. Five stars... I recomend this book to anyone.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Epic

    Is was a very good book

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Great classic book written in a great classic style.

    If you are even remotely a dog lover you have got to read this book!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. The Call of the Wild's main theme is survival;

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. The Call of the Wild's main theme is survival; Buck, a dog and the protaganist of the story, struggles with man, nature, and other dogs during this entire book. He is taken away from his comforable southland home and moved to the harsh north during the gold rush. Throughout the story he grapples with &quot;The Law of Club and Fang,&quot; trying to become a leader and dominant creature; many things suprise him and he learns much. Great book for vocabulary. While reading I learned the word &quot;superfluous.&quot;

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Gret book

    I'm 12 and i think that this is a great book

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great book, a Must Read

    Very good book, written from the dogs standpoint, I thought it a hard role to take on, but it was easily mastered. A must read for any dog or nature lover, dont let the bad reviews fool you! Plenty of action, very descriptive, and fun. Just read this one, its quick!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    great

    read

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2009

    The Whole Book

    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.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    yo mama

    Dont waste your money on this pice of crap

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Great, beatuiful book.

    This was a very nice jand altogether an amazingly deep book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Call of the Wild

    This book is excellent for readers who like suspense and action. Instead of being a superhero in the city, the story contains a smart dog in the frozen wilderness of Alaska.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    R-

    Good but there were alot of typos.....

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Great classic

    Could not ask for a better animal story for the wilds of alasaka

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    cool!

    so this is a good boook!!! i totaly reccomend this super awsome book! love it! ooooo!!!!yeah!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Grate book!

    Really good book. It's a grate classic book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    A

    When the book ended, I wanted to applaud

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Good read

    Excellent book, but sometimes very dark.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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