The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Book - 1977
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Buck lives a content life. Half St. Bernard, half Shepard, he is top dog on a California ranch. But the Gold Rush in the Klondike has produced an enormous demand for sled dogs so, when a gardener at the ranch needs to pay a gambling debt, stealing and selling Buck is a quick way to do it.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1977.
ISBN: 9780517531266
0517531267
Branch Call Number: FIC Londo
Characteristics: 126 pages : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Linden, Seymour

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2019

Call Of The Wild is utterly wonderful! This book is a great classic novel that instantly draws the reader in. It is a fast-paced book which brutally tells you the life a dog who gets sold into slavery and becomes a heroic sled dog. Even though the book is told in third person, every time the dog, Buck speaks his thoughts you can really feel what he is saying. This book can easily be read in one sitting or two, and, unsurprisingly, has become one of my favorite books. This book is very unique because you would expect it to be written from a human’s point of view but instead, it is written from the point of view of a sled dog. The writing is in old English, but that is to be expected since it is a book written in the 1900s. Overall the plot was very thrilling, and the theme was compelling. I got attached to the main character; buck immediately because the story had lots of deep emotion that moved me and I know some people could relate to parts of the books. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys literature. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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emmakesler
Mar 14, 2019

A warning to animal lovers that there are several graphic descriptions of animal abuse, injury, and death.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 13, 2019

A classic that unexpectedly caught my heart. How can a story about a dog sold into slavery who has a heart of gold and a fierce love for his master turn me into "mush"? It does and I cheered when he fought for his team of sled dogs knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each member. The Alaskan Yukon frontier is as captivating as the storyline. The call of the wild dogs captures their true nature.

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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black_cat_9072
Jan 06, 2016

As a general rule, I don't like dogs. Not one bit, I am a cat lover and PROUD OF IT, so naturally I didn't think I'd like this book very much. I was so wrong. Call Of The Wild is simply beautiful. Though it is told in third person past-tense, you can really feel the dog, Buck speaking to the reader, his thoughts clearly displayed with wonderful accuracy though the pages.

Oh yes, the pages. The main reason I don't read a lot of classics is that I am turned off by the length. Sorry, but I don't have time to read 400 pages of THE SAME BOOK.

This book is less the a hundred pages, and yet covers years of Buck's life very accurately.

The writing is a bit old fashioned, but that is to be expected, and it is certainly a classic that has aged well.

I am a younger teenager and I greatly enjoyed this book. I don't like dogs, I'll say it again, but the book isn't so much about dogs as about animals as a whole.

Call Of The Wild is a beautiful story, easily read in one sitting or two, and, surprisingly, has become one of my favorite books.

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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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CHoeppner
Aug 01, 2015

“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”

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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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