A Tale of Transformation Dec 21, 2014
Written in 1903 The Call of the Wild is an exciting book set during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Buck (a dog who is half St. Bernard and half Scotch Shepherd) is the main character. He is kidnapped from his comfortable home in the warm and sunny Santa Clara valley and sold to be a working dog in the cold and wild Northland in the Yukon. He works with other dogs on the mail delivery route between Skagway and Dawson. The book is told in the third person but also told from the perspective of Buck. Jack London does an excellent of job of portraying the slow but sure transformation of a domestic animal and getting into the mind of a dog. I also like how London raises the question regarding Buck's transformation: Is Buck developing or retrogressing? I did like this book a great deal but the violence committed against dogs did make me wince at times; these scenes may not sit well with animal lovers. Still, The Call of the Wild is a classic adventure book for all ages.