Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above ...
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again? With an inspirational introduction by award-winning author Melvyn Burgess, The Call of the Wild is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.
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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.
Nov 22, 2009
Good book, some parts i didnt lke to read because they were sad, fights and deaths. But i loved the main point of the book. Its about a domestic dog that loses its home and has to run trails in the artic, although he lost his comfortable home, he finds literally the "call of the wild' from his ancestors. Makes me wish i could do it.
Sep 20, 2008
I have read this book many times, and each time it is as enthralling, exilerating, and heartbreaking as the first. I highly reccomend it.
Oct 19, 2007
This book deals with the beauty and brutality of nature. Buck's gradual abandonment of his domestic nature is enthralling and heart breaking. Its a realistic harsh look at survival. The main character is a dog, but Buck manages to be likeable and relateable. I had to read this book alot for school and always enjoyed it each time. This is a great book to read again and again.
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