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Needless to say this poor nameless prospector is beset by obstacles including a close encounter with a bear. But, in the end, it is a lone wolf that endlessly stalks him that creates the most anxiety. Sick and starving himself, the wolf slowly walks behind the hapless prospector. Several times, in fact, the wolf creeps forward to lick his face while he sleeps, testing his strength and his ability to fight off an attack.
And each time he scampers back, waiting with the patience of the starved and desperate. How can an author create so much terror out of a nearly dead wolf?? The possibility of salvation in the form of a whaling ship eventually shows up towards the last few pages of this short story. Rescued at last!!! OR NOT??? At the moment the prospector spots the ship, London makes you believe that the prospector does not possess the physical strength to make his way to it.
Our prospector's titanic 'will to live' doesn't fail him but his body is close to it's end and he grows ever weaker, ever closer to the ripping jaws of the death-wolf that follows. Does he live? In the final, savage confrontation with his nemesis, the wolf, is he victorious? Or is he overcome and eaten by the beast within sight of deliverance?
Jack London was a master in telling stories. I am not surprised that his collection is still cherished and no doubt will be for a long time to come. All said in the unique narrative of a wolf-dog. This story is full of suspense and intrigues and most of all extremely gripping. The descriptions are fascinating but sometimes the brutality is very graphic. White fang is a story of survival, trust, mistreatment, love, cruelty and kindness.
A great book for all dog lovers, but most importantly, humanity. It is a tale about perseverance, hope, love, nature, and redemption. Being able to adapt to different situations was an interesting thing to learn through the feelings of a dog. Also learning from White Fang that you have to sometimes let things go was another unique lesson to take away from this book. Like WOW, does that really happen in the animal world.
That was sad. I like that type of metaphor. I actually love the symbolism being it. So again, no spoilers from me as to whether or not the wild beast in him was ever tamed or whether or not love had anything to do with it. Why he wrote passionately about the great questions of life and death and the struggle to survive with dignity and integrity, and why he also sought peace and quiet inspiration from the natural world. I can only imagine what he would think of and write about our world as we know it today.
Oct 31, Realini rated it really liked it Shelves: delightful , modern-library-top , theater. I had qualms about it, when I first found it on this list of best novels, thinking that a book for children should not get so much attention. But it proved me wrong. It is a fabulous story, with a lot happening that keeps the reader not just interested, but thrilled and on the edge of the seat.
Buck is the hero and he is a mixed breed. The combination between a German shepherd and the giant Saint Bernard results in a powerful male with amazing aptitudes. At one point, his owner makes a bet and is convinced that Buck can pull a sleigh that weighs about half a ton. You can do it! The adventures of this superb animal start with a house of a judge, where he is the favorite and sits by the fire.
He remembers the slippers of his first human owner, who was kind and generous to him, up to the point of his departure. He has to move from one master to another and he gets beaten and tortured by various people who are worse than any animal. Then he has to adapt to life in a pack, with an established hierarchy, where the top dog dominates and defeats his enemies. The alpha male is called Spitz and he is the one that bites and attacks any challenger or misbehaving member of the team.
But there is no option in this world where dog eats dog, quite literally in the case of the loser, who is consumed by the pack. The Call of the Wild probably refers- the title I mean and perhaps the main theme- to the instincts, impulses that are within animals and humans and come to dominate decisions, lives and destinies ultimately. As a funny or just weird thought, I read about the run into the wild and said: - This can also be The Call of the Urban or The City - Given that the main call that appeals to Buck is that of a female in heat, the towns are now the places where one finds the biggest number of dogs, not the wild… But then I get the message.
It was just a thought. Oct 12, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , jack-london , favorites. Jack London was really, really good at what he did, and what he did was craft stories about dogs or with dogs where the main focus is the animal and its place in the world - the tug between the Wild and the comforts of civilization. The biggest question in The Call of the Wild and White Fang which was sometimes referred to as The Call of the Tame, apparently was always "At what point does the wolf become a dog, or the dog the wolf?
Both novellas were fantastic. I didn't quite find the short stories at the end as interesting, but I don't hold that against London - if that book only contained the novellas, I would have been perfectly happy. One thing I found particularly interesting was that humans were secondary creatures in those books, and were forces of nature more than they were legitimate characters. There were only a couple the reader was truly allowed to have feelings for, and even they were completely expendable.
It was a wake up call to see a dog watch some prospectors fall through the ice with their sleds, and then watch as the dog turns away and the prospectors are never mentioned again.
The humans were there to drive the dogs' stories, they were not there to be the stories. I think the biggest part of these books - potentially even bigger than the humans crafting the nature of the dogs - was the setting of Arctic Canada. The weather is harsh, the people have to either take it in stride or become harsher, and the entire world seems poised to kill you at every turn. Sled dogs are the preferred method of travel, and that causes a whole series of different issues over time like those prospectors above.
London did a fantastic job of crafting this harsh enviroment, to the point where I actually found myself shivering slightly at his descriptions as I read the book in the middle of a July heatwave. You could hear the snow crunch, see the breath coming out of mouths, and even feel the cold seep down through your skin into your bones, getting in where it might not ever get out. If you're a fan of dogs or adventure stories, this is definitely worth getting your hands on.
The writing is clear, the descriptions both straightforward and engaging, and the stories make you want to keep going, while in the back of your mind you find yourself rooting against your own species, just so the dogs have good lives.
Call of the Wild &; White Fang
A worthy read if I've ever had one. White Fang is by far the greatest story I've ever read. I haven't really read a lot of books by Jack London, but I think White Fang is his best and demonstrates conclusively the author's remarkable talent. The journey of a wolf cub born in and molded by the fierce and merciless Wild of the frosty Arctic to the 'sun-kissed' and civilized territory of humankind was depicted by London in a vivid and imagination provoking fashion. Everything from the magnificent features of Nature to the minutest fr White Fang is by far the greatest story I've ever read.
Everything from the magnificent features of Nature to the minutest fraction of emotion of both man and beasts was masterfully portrayed. Sometimes I felt lost and vulnerable in the vastness and the unknown of the Wild and heart sickened by those moments when a good soul was hurt, but other times I was filled with joy and pleasure at the sight and the feel of love between characters. London really did a great job of captivating his readers with such descriptions.
The Call of the Wild and White Fang : Jack London :
I dare say no one could ever embark upon this epic adventure without a sense of awe and wonder. This novel has definitely become my all-time favorite and Jack London is absolutely the best choice of mine whenever I need another world to get lost. Five stars for White Fang - a highly recommended novel. Shelves: fiction-classics , american-literature , book-club-choice. This man was undoubtedly a good writer, his concise, tight occasionally prosaic phrasing works well, reminding me a little, and only a little, of William Goulding.
Each books stands on it own merits; Call of the Wild 4-Stars Excellent! Stars White Fang in a cameo role, some great descriptive prose which captures a sense of the Alaskan wilderness well as well as contextualising the brutality of man and beast. White Fang 2-Stars Call of the Wild in reverse; brutality of the wilderness, hate,savagery This man was undoubtedly a good writer, his concise, tight occasionally prosaic phrasing works well, reminding me a little, and only a little, of William Goulding.
White Fang 2-Stars Call of the Wild in reverse; brutality of the wilderness, hate,savagery etc. We learn a lot about dogs from reading these. These stories were about dogs. I like these stories. These were his most important stories. I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with either, but a 13 year old should not try to get into a bar and an uncritical reader should not try to criticize. Jun 07, J. As a study of a particular kind of early constructed masculinity via metaphor, this book is invaluable.
I say book because Call and Fang form a sort of single narrative--the movement from civilization to "the wild" and the movement back though not by the same dog. The last 10 pages of Call are genius that surpasses the rest of the book, and the first third of Fang is really quite good the first two chapters alone would make a pretty incredible supernatural horror movie.
I don't have to recom As a study of a particular kind of early constructed masculinity via metaphor, this book is invaluable. I don't have to recommend these books because everyone reads them at some point, but I would say if you haven't gotten around to it yet, get to them sooner rather than later. Though I cringed with horror and disgust at the brutal and realistic ways of London's depiction of events, I found within the stories a beauty to which I resonate, a solidarity towards animals and a call to freedom of such Buck felt.
There are reflections not only upon the character of beasts but upon that of man, the man-animal as White Fang first thought of it, and they gave me much to think about, to mold them with my own reflections of what I have learned about my own behavior and that of ot Though I cringed with horror and disgust at the brutal and realistic ways of London's depiction of events, I found within the stories a beauty to which I resonate, a solidarity towards animals and a call to freedom of such Buck felt. There are reflections not only upon the character of beasts but upon that of man, the man-animal as White Fang first thought of it, and they gave me much to think about, to mold them with my own reflections of what I have learned about my own behavior and that of other people.
View 2 comments. Feb 21, Renee rated it really liked it. Reading this as an adult was definitely a surprised experience - I didn't remember how dark it was. Jack London's style was fascinating - the only emotion in the book is what I brought to it.
He kept the story from an animal's perspective - no emotion, just relating to it as far as how it affected Buck's survival and well-being. Great read. Now to re-read White Fang This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. This amazing compilation of Jack Londons work is a keeper. The main two stories that comprise this edition are Call of the Wild and White fang. I'll review the two main stories first. A brutal story of a dog named Buck being put up against the odds of pain and starvation. The story is about Metamorphosis. The slow evolution of a dog who lived in comfort in the south to fighting for his life everyday.
In the End Buck becomes a legend, and something the natives feared.. Eventually one of the men dies and its down to 2 dogs. White fang the strongest of the litter walks the long adourus road from the wild to his emmersion into the world of mankind and thier cruelty, and finally his finding of love through a particualr man. Eventually White fang goes to the south and lives out his days in comfort.
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I cant help think the Call of the wild is related to White Fang. Is white fangs son the hero lead charter Buck? It would make since for the story of life against nature to come full cirlce. Short stories Batard is the first short story in this compilation and is really quite sad. I personally felt sorry for the dog. Who would name their dog Bastard?
The mob leaves to investigate and Batard intentionally knocks the crate causing the man to hang. The mob returns and shoots the dog. Moon face is a short story of a man who hates his brother to put it bluntly. His brother seems happy all the time. The lead Antagonist and narrator trains a dog in the game of fetch for a year and then gifts it to his brother John Claverhouse right before he is to go fishing.
John used dynamite to go fishing. So the dog races to retrieve the very first throw of dynamite and chases John until they both blow up and die. Pretty gruesome. Brown wolf is the short story of a couple who stumble on a wolf dog and decided to keep it. It always runs off and travels several hundred miles before it is returned to the couple because they had put tags on him.
One day a man named Skiff Miller, the brother of the neighbour who lived next door to the couple, came to visit and saw brown wolf and the couple. Their was a small debate as skiff claimed the dog belonged to him. At the end it was agreed that the dog would choose as to which life he wanted. The life of dog sledding or the comfortably warm southern life. The couple sat, and skiff walked away as a way to determine what the dog wanted. The brown wolf chose the harsh life of sledding. He brought great misfortune to the two owner s in the northern country who kept trying to rid themselves of the dog who they named spot due to a black spot on his neck.
They sold him, and left him in various places, but spot alway found them. Eventually they both quit the life of the north because of the dog they could neither kill, leave or sell. This was my least favourite of the short stories. To build a fire is my favourite of the short stories. It follows an inexperienced man who was goes against sound advice and travels alone on his quest to make it to a distant fort where his comrades are waiting for him.
The temperature outside is well below F. The lead character who is accompanied only by a dog accidentally steps in water and must dry his feet. One thing leads to another, and the fire is unsuspectingly extinguished. He remembers someone told him once that they had killed a moose to climb inside it to survive, so he turns on his dog.
He grabbed the dog, but is to cold to be able to do anything. He keeps running, but is not fit enough to make the many miles it would take. He stops and becomes tired, and then freezes to death. Apr 05, Theo rated it it was amazing. This is a story that you cant put down. Almost perfect, with lots of explanations for unknown words. It is a great book. You learn from it, about how dogs learn and i think that that's neat. View 1 comment.
I just re-read Call of the Wild for the first time since grade school. Loved it. I will probably read White Fang again and maybe some of the others, but there are so many books, and there is so little time Jun 08, Alexis rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. I was very excited to finally get to this one thank you Book Riot challenge and your "POV of an animal or object" prompt. Call of the Wild was by far and away one of my favourite school reads in high school, plus I remember growing up with the old White Fang cartoon show.
The actual White Fang was more cynical than I expected. London never shies away from the merciless beauty of the north, but I was a little surprised by how viciously the dogs are characterized once the story moves back 3. London never shies away from the merciless beauty of the north, but I was a little surprised by how viciously the dogs are characterized once the story moves back towards people.
Part of it may be the setting, or the fact that they're "working" dogs, and therefore have different interactions with people and among themselves than modern pets. Either way, I had expected wildness. I was not expecting the titular character to spend most of the book beleaguered, hated and hating everything around him in turn. I did find it interesting to read Call of the Wild and White Fang back to back, since they share so many of the same themes but mirror each other in terms of plot.
I found White Fang harder to get into. The first few chapters seem to serve little purpose, other than to set the tone and setting, and could likely have achieved the same thing in half the time view spoiler [ and without the drawn out conflict between the wolves and a sled team that never appears again through the entire book hide spoiler ].
Also, like Call of the Wild, it meanders. White Fang tells his life story. There's no overarching conflict or driving plot, just the episodic adventures as he is born in the wild, is half raised in the wild, and then his interactions with humans of varying kindness. London does also seem to repeat phrases view spoiler [ law of club and fang, coming in to the fires of man hide spoiler ] , something that I never noticed in high school, but that stuck out to me as an adult. Overall, I enjoyed this. I'm glad to see one of my high school favourites lived up to my memory of it. Jul 23, Gerri Leen rated it really liked it.
The above rating comes with a caveat. It applies to the story "The Call of the Wild," which is a bit ironic since as a child, I vastly preferred "White Fang" to "The Call of the Wild" and yet this time I found "White Fang" nearly unreadable as it just seemed to be so slow. I started a few of the other very short stories in this volume by London, but had grown tired of the violence toward dogs and just give up.
It i The above rating comes with a caveat. It is interesting to me that when I read this in the s, I just didn't register all the violence. Now it seems like it's nothing but that. I fully understand that this is a historical perspective and a lived one on the part of the author. It's not gratuitous violence; it's what he saw in the Klondike. But that doesn't make it any easier to read.
Feb 24, Nat Pierson rated it really liked it. Jack London is an efficient and enjoyable writer. Wonderful turn of the century stories of the Yukon, bigger than life characters, and perhaps the author is a dog himself. He embodies wolves and tells stories from their point of view and you seamlessly accept it. He's got some opinions about might making right, and very graphic and repeated descriptions of fights crunching bones, slashed flesh.
Read this book during the winter in my Northern climate and really enjoyed it. Will read the Sea Wolf Jack London is an efficient and enjoyable writer. I was hit hardest by nostalgia for my own childhood. Far from it. I was able to suspend disbelief and get swept up all over again. I also found it harder to accept the stories on their own terms.
As a child, I was more than happy to accept Jack London as an authority on dogs and wolves and their behaviour. Like many dog lovers, I do think my canine friend has some emotional life, an ability to figure things out, and a capacity to enjoy himself. After all, there are few things more joyful than a dog leaping into water. In The Call of the Wild we get passages where Buck is deeply reflective:. Best of all, perhaps, he loved to lie near the fire, hind legs crouched under him, fore legs stretched out in front, head raised, and eyes blinking dreamily at the flames.
He was not homesick.
Call of The Wild, White Fang
In White Fang, written three years later, London revisits the idea of doggy reminiscences — this time with White Fang remembering the north he has left behind from his new home in the warm south. This time the thought processes have taken on an interesting nuance:. He missed the snow without being aware of it. In the same fashion, especially in the heat of summer when he suffered from the sun, he experienced faint longings for the Northland.
Their only effect upon him, however, was to make him uneasy and restless without his knowing what was the matter. He did not look at things with wide vision.