The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild First Published In , The Call Of The Wild Is Regarded As Jack London S Masterpiece Based On London S Experiences As A Gold Prospector In The Canadian Wilderness And His Ideas About Nature And The Struggle For Existence, The Call Of The Wild Is A Tale About Unbreakable Spirit And The Fight For Survival In The Frozen Alaskan Klondike

Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social activist and short story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing He spent ti

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 172 pages
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Jack London
  • English
  • 17 May 2018
  • 9780439227148

10 thoughts on “The Call of the Wild

  1. says:

    Men are so cruel The way they break animals is deplorable they use them, exploit them and abuse them all in the name of sport, entertainment and human convenience Men are cruel They try to conquer rather than living in a world of mutual respect it s man who has lost his nature, and he imposes such a thing on everything he comes across, but the animals will fight back With a roar that was almost lion like in its ferocity, he again hurled himself at the man Buck is kidnapped dognapped is probably appropriate and forced into submission by a brutal overseer He is forced to be a sledge dog, a life of servitude he initially enjoys The dogs enjoy the sense of purpose and quickly form their own pack However, like trade goods, the animals are sold off to a new owner, one who is foolish and inexperienced when it comes to animal care He pushes the dogs too far they start to die, and he pushes the remainder even further He cares not for the fallen, and leaves them discarded in the snow without as much as a second thought they are nothing to him It s this kind of attitude that is almost the death of Buck, but he comes back For all man s wickedness, he also has the capability for good Buck experiences human kindness for the first time, forming the deep bond that dog can have with man He relishes in the friendship It s the only affection he has received in a long, long, time He doesn t want to lose it he become possessive and violent in regards to his master s attention he becomes a pet He fights other dogs for the right to sit by his human s side But such a thing is unnatural to him, and what starts to form is an internal war within his mind He wants to find his true self again There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive Indeed, the importance of this work resides in the title The real issue isn t a debate of ethics associated with animal treatment, but the act of being separated from one s true self Buck s innate drive calls for only one thing, to be with his own kind That s what human kind has deprived him of His natural instincts are at war with the obedient behaviour that has been bred into his psyche after domestication He wants freedom, he longs for it, and the wild calls him home.

  2. says:

    i am a dog obsessive i m nuts dogs are my moby dick they re my opera house in the jungle if i had a genie in a bottle, i d wish away all human life including my own so dogs could take over the world wait that d be wish number two number one would be that i had an olympic sized swimming pool filled with dogs and i could do a few laps then i d erase humanity seriously my dog is the coolest guy i ve ever met, my best friend, and love of my life if it sounds weird piss off i don t wanna know you so, i kinda can t not like this book and it s weird that i ve never read it well, today i did picked up this new puffin edition and polished it off in one sitting good goddamn is this a great book as an adventure story it s just incredible and then all that regression shit wow Buck, the main dog, goes back through his bloodline, down his ancestry where he watches a primitive man, all hunched over and furry, peer out the mouth of a cave into the cold blackness of the UNKNOWN there s some seriously badass jungian shit going on here spooky and ineffable and just fucking gorgeous masterpiece, baby, masterpiece and check this passage in which Buck and the other dogs chase a rabbit through a snowy, moonlit forest All that stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plains to kill things by chemically propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy to kill all this was Buck s, only it was infinitely intimate He was ranging at the head of the pack, running the wild thing down, the living meat, to kill with his own teeth and wash his muzzle to the eyes in warm blood There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame it comes to the soldier, war mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time he was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move yes.

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    I guess it s important to remember that this is a book about a dog I had no idea, when I was ten and I read and re read this for the first several times, that it was also a socialist fable I just really liked dogs, and we couldn t have one, so I read a lot of books about them Here s this book about Buck the Yukon sled dog His bond with his human is so strong that they ll perform miracles for each other That scene with the thousand pound sled is like the Rudy sacks the quarterback of dog stories Now, as a grown up, I finally get to have my own dog, and he likes to point his ass right at my face He s between us in bed at this very moment, his head buried down in the blankets, ass up It s my wife, then my dog s anus, then me.But socialism After being about a dog, it s actually the second thing is it s dark, holy shit People are like here, kid, here s a book about a dog, kids love dogs, and ten year old me cracks it and it s all He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang He sniffed the bodies curiously They had died so easily When they re not hunting the most dangerous game, dogs keep getting slashed open to the bone or starving piteously to death Jack London spend some time grubbing for gold in the Yukon wilderness himself, he was shit at it, he knows from hardship Jack LondonSo the third thing is that London also happened to be a socialist, and as an adult it s hard not to read Call of the Wild as an allegory You could hardly find a better socialist allegory than a team of sled dogs, right Everyone harnessed together, running together to pull a mighty load They grow to love it so much that when one dog gets sick he pulls a Boxer Buck starts the book as a pampered bourgeois and finishes it as a pack animal Here s Blair Braverman, the face of modern dogsledding and quite a good tweeter.London also brings in a healthy dose of naturalism, the then fashionable now obvious idea that the environment shapes character And there s a great deal of somewhat confused Darwinism London, like lots of other people, has confused evolution for memory, so Buck keeps having dreams about Neanderthals There s some yikesy stuff about women and minorities, not definitely offensive but you get the idea that if you got him going it d be definite eventually I ve heard that it was indeed So you see why sometimes you have to remind yourself that this is a book about a dog It s about a brave dog running in the wilderness I remember how wild and romantic it seemed to me, when I read it as a child Now I read it to my dog Does it awaken, for him too, some wild and romantic memory Does he hear the faint echoing of that primordial call He sighs deeply, from under the covers, and farts.

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    REVIEW ADVISORY Please be aware that, while the following review contains a number of adorable animals pics, young Ricky Schroder, who starred in the movie version of the novel, will NOT appearI feared that would raise the sugar content of this report to diabetically dangerous levels Awwwwwww..the classic coming of age story, with the nifty twister of having the main character be a pawky puppy going on doggiehood I really licked it liked it, so two paws up there BTW, I m not going to slow down for spoilers, except for the very end, as I assume most people reading this are pretty familiar with the story Plus, in this case, knowing the story elements shouldn t have much of an impact on the reader s enjoyment, since it s the experience of the journey that holds the power Of course, if you disagree, than you are welcome to go blurry eyed over the words and just focus on the picsthat s why they re there PLOT SUMMARY Our main character is Buck, a Saint Bernard When we are first introduced to our husky headliner, the Buckster is Doggymesticated and living a happy, carefree existence with his kindly owner Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your opinion of how Buck s life turns out in the end, Buck is puppynapped by an odious offalhead with a gambling problem WHOOOOAAAA there tonto As a life long resident of the wholesome, family friendly City of Las Vegas, I feel the need to pause briefly and toss out some support to my hometown casinos that are currently struggling through revenue declines due to the economic slowdown and remind those of you considering a trip to Sin City that.Oh, almost forgot On a related note, I ve also been asked by the Institute for Alcohol Awesomeness Awareness to inform you that drinking alcohol can lead to the development of super powers, so go ahead and pick up a twelve pack on the way home and who knows, you may be flying to work tomorrow.. Okay, now back on review This is where things start to go really FUBAR for Buck Our young hero is shipped to Alaska, where he s sold to a pair of French Canadians to be trained as a sled dog Having a lot of spunky spirit, Buck doesn t take kindly to being stolen, starved and struck, and so goes into rather violent attack mode when finally released from his cage after the long journey Sadly, Buck is quickly beat down and seemingly broken as part of his training as a sled dog In reality and just between you and me , Buck isn t broken at all, but learns enough self control to act the part while secretly maintaining his desire to be free You know, like this poor fella While held by the Frenchies from North of the border, Buck is introduced to other dogs being housed there, and quickly learns the ugly reality of survival of the fittest by which the dogs live Eventually, Buckers becomes a pack leader due to his size, strength and intelligence remember we are talking a big Saint Bernard here Later, Buck is sold to a man named Charles and his family These people are all kinds of stupid and know exatcly zippo about sledding or surviving in the Alaskan wilderness They are simply caught up in the fever of the Klondike Gold Rush and trying to strike it rich Initially, Buck is, sigh, resigned to follow their lead even though he senses their overabundance of incompetence is going to lead to some fugly mishap for him However, it soon becomes apparent that the family s bungling stupidity and complete lack of understanding regarding everything from sledding, to the harsh Alaskan environment, to the fact that snow is cold, is leading everyone to a DANGER Will Robinson moment Having no comprehension of how long or hard the journey to the Yukon will be, Charles and his family initially waste the food supply by overfeeding the dogs thinking it will make them able to endure the long work day Holy Moly Canolli is this a bad idea Anyone who owns a dog knows they will continue to eat as long as you continue to feedeven to the point of As you might expect, the food supply soon dwindles Charles and the other wizards begin to basically starve the dogs while expecting them to work even harder and sled longer during the day Uh.anyone else see trouble a brewing Eventually thank the stars , the group runs into an experienced mountain man named John Thornton I won t give away what happens next except to say that John rescues Buck from the group and nurses him back to health This is such sweet, tender moment in the story that I thought it deserved an equally sweet picture, thus Buck comes to love Thornton and grows devoted to him, though he still feels a calling to be free no marriage jokes, please.please During his time with Thornton, Buck begins exploring the wilderness and becomes acquainted with the wolves from the area MAJOR SPOILER ALERT MAJOR SPOILER ALERT MAJOR SPOILER ALERT MAJOR SPOILER ALERT Okay, for those of you still with me, one night, Buck returns from hunting to find that Thornton has been brutally killed by a group of local Indians As you can imagine, Buck is a wee bit upset at this and decides that maybe the Indians.And so Buck goes absolutely BUCK WILD yep, that s where the expression came from, how cool is that From there, as far as the Indians are concerned, it is You mess with Buck s friend and you are just asking for five varieties of trouble.Afterwards, Buck comes to understand that his old life is over and follows the wolves into the wild to live as a part of the pack END OF MAJOR SPOILER ALERT END OF MAJOR SPOILER ALERT END OF MAJOR SPOILER ALERT END OF MAJOR SPOILER ALERT FINAL THOUGHTS Overall, being an animal lover, I couldn t help but love Buck and his story was interesting There were also parts that were difficult to deal with for the same reason I loved the final resolution of the story and the contrast between puppy Buck at the beginning of the story and the doggie Buck at the end I didn t rate this higher because I didn t love the prose as much as the puppy and the pacing, even for such a short book, was a little uneven Still, there is much to recommend this and I would certainly support your checking this classic out 3.5 stars RECOMMENDED.

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    He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.Jack London, THE CALL OF THE WILDWhen I was younger, my mother bought me a copy of The Call Of The Wild It was part of a series of books for boys I wish I had read it back then It is a marvelous book I m only sorry that it took me so long to get around to reading it Jack London seems to possess an intuition of this dog s life, and, importantly the dog s heart, an insight which must have come from intimacy and communion with sled dogs during his time in Alaska I can t help but think that John Thornton is partially based upon London himself Buck s story is related with a simple, direct, dramatic force which enchains interest and which is literature at its best The Call Of The Wild is the story of Buck, a great dog Buck s father was a huge Saint Bernard, and Buck s mother, a huge Scotch shepherd dog he was shaggy, big of body, strong of muscle and stout of heart He was stolen from a California ranch and taken to live in the far glacier land of the North, where he was put in a team with work dogs and made to carry the Yukon mail During his years as a puppy in California, Buck had lived the life of a pampered pet he loved the hunt, swimming in the cement pond and hunting, but was ignorant of brutality, hardship and toil Stolen and taken into the Yukon country, his character changed and he became hardened under the brutal conditions he must endure, a leader and master among dogs, turning back toward savage instincts As time goes on Buck hearkens and to the call of the wild until, at last, he surrenders himself to his primitive instincts to the call of the wild within himself as he regresses to savagery in the great London writing on Buck s spiraling to savage is achieved slowly and is written with absorbing interest.The Call Of The Wild is an absorbing tale of wild life, love, friendship and abounding in striking incidents of frontier town, camp and adventure London explores society from a dog s perspective However the deeper, darker messages of unbound greed, ambition and ultimately the necessity of adaptability to change are easy to spot.

  6. says:

    I defy anyone man, woman or child not to like The Call of the Wild It s the most exciting adventure, the most moving love story, the deepest meditation on a creature and its place in nature If you aren t cheering for Buck the dog by the end of this you re either hard hearted or a cat lover.

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    IL VALORE DELLA LIBERT Buck figlio di un maschio sanbernardo e di una madre pastore scozzese, e ha l aspetto di un lupo.Nonostante l ambientazione sia principalmente all aria aperta, questo romanzo un capostipite del genere carcerario , autentica discesa agli inferi perch Buck viene strappato alla sua vita di cane domestico, fatta di ozio riposo coccole e sicurezza, e sbattuto in un attimo in un mondo di cattivit , violenza, repressione, prevaricazione da un esistenza protetta, da pari a pari, scagliato nell inferno dove domina la legge del pi forte dal sole della California ai ghiacci dell Alaska E dovr imparare in fretta, se vorr sopravvivere.Charlton Heston nel film omonimo del 1972, diretto da Ken Annakin Accanto a Heston, Mich le Mercier.Ma una strada senza vero ritorno perch alla fine del viaggio, il cerchio si chiude portandolo a un luogo molto ma molto pi lontano della California il ritorno al branco, all istinto primordiale, alla natura selvaggia.White Fang Zanna Bianca Nel cuore della foresta risuonava un richiamo emozionante, misterioso e attraente tutte le volte che lo udiva si sentiva costretto a voltare le spalle al fuoco e alla terra battuta che lo circondava per addentrarsi nella foresta, sempre pi avanti Il documentario del 2007 diretto da Rom Lamothe che ha lo stesso titolo del romanzo di London, The Call of the Wind , indaga la morte di Christopher McCandless, giungendo a conclusioni diverse dal libro di Jon Krakauer e dal film di Sean Penn un libro che mi porto dietro da sempre, letto e riletto a ogni passaggio d et , in originale o tradotto Un puro evergreen.Ho sempre preferito Buck a Zanna Bianca ma entrambi dimostrano che Jack London scrittore grande grande grande.Klondike, Alaska, 1897 un cercatore d oro in cui alcuni hanno riconosciuto Jack London.

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    I remembered discovering either Call of the Wild or Whitefang when I was a boy and really liking it, so on finding this on our shelves I read it to Celyn 12 but too disabled to read.I found myself translating on the hoof as the book was written in 1903 and much of the language is quite Dickensian Celyn s vocabulary, whilst largely unknown to me, must be derived from books and conversations, and neither of those would have supplied her with many of the words in Call of the Wild.I found myself having to find comprehensible substitutions for sentences in the style of His primeval perspicuity endured the ardor of robust toil as I read them I also took time to precis what had happened every few pages.The book wasn t written for children It was first published in sections in a national newspaper and satisfied the readers curiosity about life in the Alaskan wilds during the recent ongoing gold rush Jack London spent a lot of time out in the wilds with the men, sleds, and dogs, researching for the story, so the technical detail is accurate and serves as reportage.It s a pretty grim tale told with as little anthropomorphism as can be achieved without destroying comprehension Our hero, the dog Buck, is stolen from a loving home to satisfy the need for sled dogs in the gold rush We meet a whole succession of some 20 dogs and view spoiler every single one of them dies a gruesome death hide spoiler

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    The Call of the Wild, Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild 1970 1334 148 1352 163 1366 148 1380 200 9643030423 1384 1387 1383 120 9786001211584 1389 1394 159 1348 212 212 1903

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    my goodness, this is a tough one for me to review the abundance of violence and animal cruelty made this such an emotional read for me i can understand why this is a classic and so well loved there are many great themes in this book and the resolution is quite satisfying, but i struggled with most of the content this was not a bad book, it just wasnt as enjoyable for me personally 2.5 stars

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