The Call of the Wild and White Fang (Sterling Children's Classics)
So, I just started reading and let the book surprise me.
I started with White Fang which, apart from some focus switches in the beginning, I ended up really liking. It was fast-paced action from the beginning to the end, I just couldn't put the book down. There is a healthy dose of violence, but it's far from over-the-top. Instead, it really adds something to...more
White Fang by Jack London is an amazing story about a half-wolf, half-dog that goes through many struggles and truly learns about himself. He goes on a captivating journey of courage and strength; life. It also follows a team of sled dogs led by a man named Henry. It tells of their j...more
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Yeah, I abandoned this. No, scratch that. I rejected it. Cast it out. Flung it from my bedside with the bemused disgust of a scorned lover.
Which is saying quite a lot considering that (1) I'll read just about anything that involves cooking over fires in the snow, (2) White Fang was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, and (3) I wanted to see Ethan Hawke in print super, super bad.
Like, real bad.
But as there was no sign of his hunkiness by page 118--when London trans...more
It's riveting. London writes with an amazing ability to stay completely in the present. This leaves the reader scrabbling to figure out what will come next, but there is no sneaky planting of clues or leading you along. You just take each bite of the text and rush to gulp down the next so you can make sense of it all. This places us in the same position as the protagonist, White Fang. The key distinction between man and an...more
The other story, White Fang, comes from a completely different point of view. He was born from a family of wolves and brought into the sled dog life....more
From Buck, we receive the tale of a "Southland" dog unleashed amidst the cruel, cold North and frenzied Yukon gold rush. Sold and traded among several differen...more
Christopher is someone I admire alot (to know who he is read Into the Wild). He admired Jack London and his work very much. Christopher was a outdoor guy, a tramp. So I was expecting these stories to be some kind of adventure stories. But I was wrong.
This is a finest book, I've read on dogs/wolves. Personal...more
These are not the easiest books to read for someone who has problems with violence towards animals. Luckily, the vast majority of the brutality is a "practical" kind of violence, in that the animals in here ar...more
I am trying to recall, however, which book I have read in which I was completely engrossed in a stream of constant and specific images, griped with so many thoughts and ideas that were so specific to the story of Buck, yet had so many strings of paralle...more
This edition has the two stories of course - my 10 year old and I started reading The Call of the Wild together but it was too much for him - too violent, that much he could make out because the language is so old even I found it confusi...more
White Fang gets 5 stars. So all in all my review is a 4.5 stars. I love, love, love this book. White Fang really stood out in my brain from the books I read as a child. I understand it more, now that I reread it and I am so glad I did....more
The Call of the Wild is the story of Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrown into the merciless life of the Klondike to endure hardship, bitter cold and the savage lawlessness of men and dogs.
White Fang tells of the adventures of an animal, part dog, part wolf, turned vicious by cruel abuse, then transformed through the patience and affection of one man.
Jack London's superb ability as a storyteller and his deep understanding of nature and animals have made these among the world's most fav
To start, I did enjoy the book despite my adamant belief that it should probably be at most half of its current length.
London was an incredibly gifted writer, but damn did he feel the need to drill over and over again his points. After about 50 pages, I understood that White Fang was a wild animal. There was no need to carry on and on and on about how he is a wild animal an...more
The cover of the book captivated me. I enjoyed studying the picture...more
London draws heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent time in the Klondike during th...more