Published now in the Wisehouse Classics series, The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He progressively reverts to a wild state in the harsh climate, where he is forced to fight to dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
London spent almost a year in the Yukon collecting material for the book. The story was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of 1903; it was published a month later in book form. The book's great popularity and success made a reputation for London. Much of its appeal derives from its simplicity as a tale of survival. As early as 1923, the story was adapted to film, and it has since seen several more cinematic adaptations.
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It was kind of sad, but altogether a good read.
Jack London is an absolutely incredible writer and his unique views on stories have rightly earned him the popularity he has amongst classic literature. Writing through the eyes of an animal to reveal applicable life morals does more than just make for a good story, it makes those stories memorable and stand out among others. As the synopsis says, Call of the Wild is Jack London's most popular work and the reasons for that are because it is different and its just as intense as any other adventure novel. Just because this book is about a dog does not make it a lighthearted read, its actually quite the contrary. The setting is very harsh, being in the wilds of Alaska where its cold and dark, and the other characters are mean and gruff. Its a book about survival, and in order for dogs to survive in these types of environments is often by killing off their competitors for life, and there is a lot of death in this book. There are multiple, detailed, scenes in which the human characters entertain dog fighting, abuse (both verbal and physical), and some mild language. However, the morals found in this book, though not "Christian" by any means, encourage never giving up when the whole world pushes against you and also reveals that sometimes sacrificing your means to live for others are indeed the only way to survive. So overall, this is an intense book, especially for some middle graders, but I give it 4 out of 5 stars and do recommend it for ages 13-15. This review was originally published on Literature Approved (http://literatureapproved.wordpress.com).
Awesomebook so deataled and realistic