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The Call of the Wild and White Fang

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The Call of the Wild
Buck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit...
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Hardcover, Sterling Children's Classics, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Sterling (first published 1906)
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Mar 05, 2014 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure stories, and of stories about animals
Shelves: classics
(Note, March 5, 2014: I posted this review a few years ago, but in reading over it just now, I realized I needed to correct a typo.)

Actually, I read these two novels in different editions than this omnibus volume. And, while I read White Fang sometime in the 90s, I'd already read The Call of the Wild in high school.

London is one of my favorite authors --despite his ideological dependence on Marx and Darwin, and his Naturalist outlook (in which human behavior is viewed as purely the product of so...more
Sundeep Supertramp
I neither read the sypnosis nor did I have any idea about both the stories. Actually, I was provoked read them because of the special interest of Christopher McCandless in Jack London's tales.

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
Picked it up when I was on a shopping spree, I knew it was probably about dogs and wolves, but apart from that I didn't knew what to expect.
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
These were much, much better than I, a non-dog, non-cold-places person had anticipated. They are certainly not twee anthropomorphic animal stories, nor are they man looking at dog and describing his lot. Like Black Beauty they are told from the point of view of the animal but in the third person. However, these animals remain far more wolf and dog : they live in and respond to their environment, but do not question why it is as it is. I found this very powerful and felt London had got much close...more
When White Fang meets Weedon Scott - it is good. Up until then it is so violent, dark, sad. It was more difficult to read than I expected but John Seelye's Introduction helped me understand London's meaning for it and so have a better respect for it as a classic.

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
Last summer, I read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. I found Christopher McCandless’s fascination with Jack London to be interesting, but it was hard for me to fully understand where McCandless was coming from, having never read London’s works. I also have a deep respect for animals and a disgust at their ill-treatment at the hands of human beings. For those two reasons, I chose to read The Call of the Wild for my Literature class.

The cover of the book captivated me. I enjoyed studying the picture...more
Classic and a great read!!! I read it long time ago as a child and in Russian. Reading it this time, as an adult, makes these stories more meaningful and thought provoking.
It saddens me that these days kids/teens read abridged versions of this classic.

These are two stories of apposing journeys.
As Buck (a dog) reverts to his wild nature and answers the Call of The Will, so does White Fang (3/4 wolf) finds the companionship of humans irresistible.

An interesting part of the narrative, for me, was...more
Claire Olson
Are you special? Well of course you are! You are built up from your trials and pain. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Like White Fang, you are here for a purpose. Someday you'll realize what the purpose is.
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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I read The Call of the Wild a while ago and recently finished White Fang, so this review will be geared towards White Fang.

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
This book actually contains TWO Jack London stories. First is...

White Fang

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
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The Call of the Wild gets 4 stars. It was a great, powerful read and I love the perspective and writing used. Jack London was an amazing author. This story was just as good as I remembered it when I read it in Elementary school. It really pulled at my heartstrings.

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
Carissa Anne
The beginning of The Call of the Wild was nothing more than a glorified tale of animal abuse. As a vegetarian and animal lover, my stomach was in constant turmoil in response to the horrid deaths and terrible whipping and clubbing endured by these creatures. For that reason alone, I won't read White Fang, as I have heard it is more of the same. I give this one star for an interesting dog's point of view, one for the beautiful scenery and realistic interaction between the animals, and one for eve...more
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: *The Call of the Wild and White Fang*, by **Jack London**, is part of the *Barnes & Noble Classics** *series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of *Barnes & Noble Classics*: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contem...more
John Cronin
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The Call of the WIld
Buck, the dog, seems like the loyal friend who would be nice to his owners, but not to anyone else. "But when the ends of the rope were placed in the stranger's hands, he growled menacingly." (London Pg 7) Since he is taken from his home, he may not find someone he knew again.

From the first few pages, I predict that his hostility towards strangers in Alaska may change. He did eventually know, "...that he stood no chance against a man with a clu...more
Michael  Kaufling
In Jack London’s book “The Call of the Wild,” Buck, the strong half -sheep half St. Bernard dog was secluded to the estate life in sunny California. Although everything was going well for him, he was suddenly kidnapped and shipped to Canada where he would soon be tortured and trained to obey a master.
Soon after his arrival in Canada, he began pulling sleds for the profit of his masters. After being influenced by the other dogs’ struggle to survive, his primitive instincts become awakened and he...more
Nancy Brumback
While these are supposed to be children's books, they are much more than that. I borrowed my copy from my granddaughter after I had already listened to them on audio. Each book is about a canine: one a big wonderful St. Bernard mix named Buck who gets kidnapped from his beautiful, comfortable home in California, where he is a loved and treasured member of a middle class family, to be taken to the Yukon to work as a sled dog, eventually to make his way into the wild and live out his life in that...more
Julia Brumfield
I had read both of these books when I was younger - reading them not as Classics but as animal fiction, which I was into. I can truthfully say that they were good but reading "White Fang" and then re-reading it now I still have no respect for the portrayal of the wolves that London has made for his stories for he makes them less than what they are while portraying them in the wrong light.

Within this treasury collection of the stories the introduction and the author's bio point out that by date...more
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Ayaka Matsumoto
Buck is a dog that mixed of St. Barnard and sheepdog, lives in Judge Miller’s estate California’s Santa Clara Valley. One day he was kidnaped by one of the gardener of Miller’s and sold to a dog trader. Buck was taught obeying by hitting with a club by the trader and he was sent to Canada to pull sleds. He learned fight, scavenge on food though living in the camp with another dogs. One day, he became a lead dog, winning of fight with Spitz which was a lead dog got beaten by Buck.
He was sold ag...more
Ying Hui
I was attracted to this book by the amazing cover illustration by ilovedust. I'd downloaded and read part of White Fang on my phone before buying this physical copy and found it funny and very readable.

The Call of the Wild

I'll have to admit that this was pretty hard to get into and took me ages to finally overcome the inertia and finish the story. I found it difficult to connect with Buck, even though some of the writings were really exceptional. London was able to beautifully illustrate the ble...more
I read both books in one day. It was a nice escape. I know there's potential to analyze it in a way that would depress me thoroughly, relating it to the reality of human cruelty and indifference, but for now I'll just let it be the story that it is.
A very pleasant read. These are two stories of canines going in different directions of civilized to wild.
The Call of the Wild has Buck going from being a dog in a luxurious California home to being a sleigh dog in the Alaska Gold rush. Buck makes a full transition from "civilized" house animal to a wild, wolf like existence.
White Fang makes the reverse journey. He goes from being half wolf, half dog living in wilderness, to being a functional human pet with masters of very mixed "humanity" and...more
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Clement Lee
It was very painful to read this book at times, especially those parts with descriptions of the animals' pain (but then again it's because I've been conditioned by the media to be more sympathetic towards animal pain and animal rights, but to be indifferent, even exhilarated at human pain in movies). Then again, there were parts which excited me to follow the journey of the wolf/dog through its own eyes as it explored the natural world and humankind.

London's language is very rich, and he skilful...more
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“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.” ~Jack London, White Fang

Both The Call of the Wild and White Fang are beautiful stories based upon the Arctic Wilderness and the strength and will of survival of both Buck and White Fang. Buck, from The Call of the Wild, is a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California; whereas White Fang, from White Fang is a wolf-pup born onto the Arctic Plain. Both go through a living hell both in the arctic and in the world of men, and gr...more
Emily Randall
So far I’ve read the Call of the Wild, this one wasn't quite as warm and fuzzy as I might have imagined it...but instead rather an emotional journey witnessing the ill-treatment and general journey of a dog through the eyes of the actual dog itself. Something about this story took me back to my teens and reminded me of the first time I ever read Fluke by James Herbert. I have to say this book, despite its small size (just over 100 pages long) proved to be very touching and drew me...more
Holy allegory, batman.

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
Jan 08, 2013 Dave marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: calibre, fiction
EDITORIAL REVIEW: *The Call of the Wild and White Fang*, by **Jack London**, is part of the *Barnes & Noble Classics** *series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of *Barnes & Noble Classics*: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contem...more
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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.

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“Görünürde hiçbir değişiklik olmadığı, her şeyin tekdüze yaşandığı günlerde Buck, havanın yavaş yavaş soğuduğunu hissediyordu. Bir sabah geminin pervanesi durdu ve heyecanlı bir hareketlilik başladı. Buck ve diğer köpekler gemideki bu hareketliliğin farkına vardılar. Ne olduğunu anlamaya çalışırken, François geldi, hepsinin boynuna birer ip bağladı, onları güverteye çıkardı. Buck adımını atınca, çamura basmış gibi oldu. Hırlayarak ayağını geri çekti. Yerdeki bu beyaz çamur gökyüzünden dökülüyordu. Buck, anlam vermeye çalışarak başını indirip kokladı, sonra yaladı, dilinde önce soğuk, ardından yakıcı bir etki bırakı ve hemen suya dönüştü. Ne olduğunu bir türlü anlayamadı. Birkaç kez aynı şeyi yaptı. Çevreden izleyenler bu haline çok güldüler; Buck neden güldüklerini anlamadı ve utandı. O gün hayatı boyunca ilk kez kar gördü.” 2 likes
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