The Call of the Wild, White Fang

The Call of the Wild, White Fang

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by Jack London
     
 

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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

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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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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This newly illustrated edition of the author's best-known work is part of the "Scribner Illustrated Classics" collection. The story begins with Buck, a rangy mixed-breed, enjoying the life of a family pet in the sunny climate of California. When gold is discovered in the Klondike, large, healthy dogs are needed to pull the sleds through the snow and over the ice. After Buck is stolen and sold to dog traffickers, his exposure to the harsh life of a pack dog awakens his primordial urges. Buck passes from one owner to the next until he is sold to a threesome lacking the knowledge about what it takes to survive in the Alaskan frontier. Their lack of respect for the elements culminates in a brutal beating of Buck, who is saved by John Thornton. Thornton treats Buck well and, for the first time, Buck feels love for another creature. Nonetheless, the spirit of his ancestors calls to him, and when John Thornton is killed, Buck answers the call. He returns to the wild. The author experienced life in the Klondike during the gold rush of 1897 and his writing about men, animals and nature is stripped of all sentimentality. 1999 (orig.
Booknews
**** An alternative title might be The Annotated Call.... Dyer--a near-mad fan of London--presents the definitive (unbowdlerized) text with maps, photos, drawings clarifying the text. Extensive notes and bibliography. Will surely supplant the Nelson-Hall Casebook cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553212334
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Series:
Bantam Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
174,039
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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