Call of the Wild (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics Series)

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This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey that ends with his becoming the legendary leader of a wolf pack.

Included in this Edition is the short story, To Build a Fire, London’s biting commentary on human folly in the face of indomitable natural ...

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This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey that ends with his becoming the legendary leader of a wolf pack.

Included in this Edition is the short story, To Build a Fire, London’s biting commentary on human folly in the face of indomitable natural forces.

Through these tales, London helped invent a genre that shaped twentieth century literature. This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classic includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader fully appreciate London's masterful weaving of science, philosophy, and the storyteller's art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580495844
  • Publisher: Prestwick House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 101
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    WOW!! Highy recommended

    I can't believe I've never read this book before now, or anything by Jack London (I'm 34). This was an amazingly insightful, emotional and gorgeously written book. "Love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness"....WOW! I've never heard true love so adequately and beautifully expressed. Amazing book.

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Classic read

    Bought this to add to my 6/7th grade classroom library, especially to keep high interest for male readers. Successful!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2009

    The Book

    I thought that the book was very challening for both the characters and the readers. London used very descriptive words and very complex. And just the over all plot was terrific except he dosen't get back with judge Miller, that was a sad part.There was a lot of action and challening parts in the book like the fights. London explained how Buck watched and learned from fights and how it payed off when he fought Spitz.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended! A truly great classic novel.

    This clasic is one great book! Written by Jack London, "The Call of the Wild" is a tale about a dog who is taken away to be a sled dog in the times of the Gold Rush. The dog, Buck, must follow the saying: "Survivial of the Fittest", making him more wolf then dog. This book will keep you turning the pages right until the end. The first chapter or two are a little boring, but after that, you have follow Buck's developing understanding of how things work on a sled team. With the unintended help of the other dogs, Buck learns to the "Law of Club and Fang" (A sort of "Kill or be Killed" Rule) . Buck must also endure those who have no idea how to mush (To travel via sled dogs). You'll have to see what happens then. If you're searching for a classic novel that won't bore you to death, or a classic adventure book, then this is a must!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    9 yo daughter loves it, as I did (still do)

    My kid loves all animals, and I thought she'd appreciate this novel told from the dog's perspective. It's exciting, full of adventure, and has a certain "otherness" about it that's captivating. The author tries hard not to over-anthropomorphize the dogs, and he succeeds beautifully. My daughter needs occasional help with some sophisticated vocabulary or old fashioned turn of phrase, but she's not at all bored--she's really engaged in the story. Recommend!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Ioved this book

    This book is amazing it is so cool.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    The poor dogs!!!

    I read this book for school, and honestly, I thought it was horrible. The story wasn't that interesting. The only thing that Jack London seemed to care about was the dying dogs! All of a sudden a dog would die, or someone would fall into a river... The story was also very predictable, until the ending. It ended very suddenly, without as much detial as the chapters beforehand.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    *****

    Amazing book, try it if you like dogs and nature:)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    So good

    Call of the wild is a must read classic if you like adventure than you will love this book and its full of dog related drama that you should not miss out on!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    To mist

    Why are you talking about d.i.c.k

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    In the book The Call of the Wild by Jack London, it started off

    In the book The Call of the Wild by Jack London, it started off with a dog named Buck, a physical impressive dog, living the good life in California when he gets stolen and put into dog slavery. For him, he has to pull a heavy sled through miles of frozen ice with little or nothing to eat. Buck begins to adapt to his surroundings, and learns from the other dogs on his team.

    Buck and Spitz another dog on the team become involved in a struggle for power and they end up fighting and Buck wins. Buck then begins to take over as leader of the sled dog team. The new people don’t seem to be very competent and the team begins to change in human management, such as new drivers. The sled dogs team new people are very bad drivers and end up killing everyone, including themselves. Buck is fortunately saved by a kind man named John Thornton, moments before the group death in an icy river. “Buck and I watch as the entire sled – dog team and human drivers – continue on their way and then fall into the river.” (Thornton 57)

    Thornton and Buck become attached to each other and Buck even saves Thornton’s life several times. Buck, his master, and some other men all set off on a journey, loving there new life, except for the need to run off and kill things in the woods every once in a while. Buck fights with temptation, staying with Thornton or going off and killing things. He has to think about being civilized or wild when he is with Thornton. There are several missed phone calls from The Wild and a lot of angry messages. “Where are you already?”(Thornton’s father 14)

    The end of The Call of the Wild, it was dramatic and that all I'm going to say.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Call of the wild

    I loved this book even though it made me cry. I would not reccommend the movie though.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Katie

    Katie picked it up and put it in her quiver before heading out... FINALLY!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Annoyed

    You know what is really annoying? People that put nothing on their review. How stupid is that?Very.Example: below

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    It sucks

    It sucks

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    A must read

    A must read

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Wonderful

    Wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Sunwing

    (Mumbles and nods approvingly)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Amberstar

    Join my clan nightengale res 16

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Foxkit

    Laus in the river

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