The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Large Print - 2001
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Jack London's novels and ruggedly individual life seemed to embody American hopes, frustrations, and romantic longings in the turbulent first years of the twentieth century, years infused with the wonder and excitement of great technological and historic change. The author's restless spirit, taste for a life of excitement, and probing mind led him on a series of hard-edged adventures from the Klondike to the South Seas. Out of these sometimes harrowing experiences -- and his fascination with the theories of such thinkers as Darwin, Spencer, and Marx -- came the inspiration for novels of adventure that would make him one of America's most popular writers.
The Call of the Wild , considered by many London's greatest novel, is a gripping tale of a heroic dog that, thrust into the brutal life of the Alaska Gold Rush, ultimately faces a choice between living in man's world and returning to nature. Adventure and dog-story enthusiasts as well as students and devotees of American literature will find this classic work a thrilling, memorable reading experience. This edition features large, easy-to-read print.

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2001.
Edition: Dover large print classics ed. --
ISBN: 9780486417783
0486417786
Characteristics: viii, 116 p. --

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I first picked up this book when I was bored at a Goodwill store. The writing was what held me until the dogs started interacting and becoming the main characters, yet without speaking or doing anything to break the realism. Then I started to lap it up (pun intended), especially the confrontation with Spitz. I don't love everything about the book, but it's still absolutely captivating for me.

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guantina
Jul 29, 2016

Jack London writes really great classic novels that immediately draws the reader in. Told from Buck's perspective, he learns to adapt to the harsh wilderness and also learns to obey the law of club and fang. This is definitely one of the best written classic novels there is to read.

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rocky21_0
May 12, 2016

This was a great book that was thoroughly enjoyable. It puts a whole new perspective on the nature of dogs. A must read for dog lovers and those that aren't . Its a fabulous book would gladly see the movie.

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amalyndb
Jan 16, 2016

Jack London's classic, The Call of the Wild, centers on the themes of nature and nurture. Buck, a dog beloved by a family in California, is taken as the winnings of gambling, and shipped to the Klondike. There, instead of being lord of his manor, he is forced into the brutal reality of the ways of clubs and fangs and claws. He adapts, he changes, he hardens.

An interesting look into the author's experiences of life in the Klondike, from the point of view of a sled dog.

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kleokleopatra66
Oct 01, 2015

a truly wonderful story of adaption bravery and strength. how to go through all kinds of trial and trouble from a rather cozy life in soth cal. to becoming later in the end the leader of an alaskan wolf pack... fazinating.

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msemos
Aug 06, 2015

good story very powerful story of dog in Alaska who ultimately becomes wild

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Howie_Nichols
Jul 01, 2014

Someone must have spent too much time in the cold. Story took on a supernatural nature to it. Not realistic and certainly not believable. Entertaining? yes. A classic? to me, no.

blue_swan_55 Jul 20, 2013

I don't really understand the language used (I mean... it's English too, but I feel like it is Old English). All in all, it was a great classic. I really loved the plot and the theme was fascinating.

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BMG2000
Mar 01, 2013

One of my favorite books ever! Great story, a true classic.

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oliviajak
Jun 16, 2012

Although the language is slightly outdated, and sometimes difficult to read, I really enjoyed the story. The plot was very interesting, and the theme was fascinating. I got attached to the main character; the dog. The story had lots of deep emotion that really moved me. I would suggest this book ot anyone who enjoys literature.

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lisahiggs
Dec 22, 2010

And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark.

Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener’s helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and diverse small copies of himself.

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