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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…

First published in 1903,
Hardcover, Sterling Children's Classics, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Sterling (first published 1906)
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Rebecca The stories aren't directly connected, and don't share the same locations or characters, so you can read them in whichever order. However, "The Call…moreThe stories aren't directly connected, and don't share the same locations or characters, so you can read them in whichever order. However, "The Call of the Wild" is the slightly older story and "White Fang" is both an inversion and expansion of it (and, according to the author - which I do agree with - the better story); so it might be a more satisfying reading experience to do them in that order. On the other hand, the editor of your edition presumably had their reasons for putting them in that order, so that way must work well too! Really, the important thing is that knowledge of either one is not important to understand and enjoy the other.(less)
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I've read a good number of books with protagonists as dogs, but only in these two books I can really see the world from a dog's point of view.

True, the stories are violent, but that goes with the setup of the north. But the details are so realistic, and growth so credible. I really had the impression of traveling to that northland, and living with these dogs, day by day.

For both these stories, the ends are expansive and inspirational. They left my heart rich yet light!
Feb 13, 2008 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure stories, and of stories about animals
Shelves: classics
Note, March 2, 2016: I've just edited this review to insert spoiler tags (which didn't exist when I originally wrote it) in a couple of places.

(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 --d
Cait • A Page with a View
This is so depressing... how is this a children's story?

Sundeep Supertramp
Aug 10, 2011 Sundeep Supertramp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kind
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
Jan 13, 2009 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-crovitz-class
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
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
Aug 08, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, wolf
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
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
Cliff Harrison
May 28, 2015 Cliff Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I purchased and read separate books, but I'll write one summary here.

Jack London was another one of those great writers who died too young, at only age 40. Born John Griffith Chaney, writer of Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf and numerous other works. He was burdened by illnesses and disease, and like Ernest Hemingway, some suspected he committed suicide because he was taking heavy dozes of morphine for his pain and he, like Hemingway, was a heavy drinker, so an accidental or delib
Jan 01, 2012 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim Rees
It's been many years since I read this novel, but I can recall every sentence, well, almost... If you love animals, you'll enjoy this book, except in parts where cruelty is explicit, but not gratuitous as the reader need s to understand White Fangs life. If you romanticise about wandering in a wild dangerous environment, then Jack London paints the landscape perfectly. This is a novel that will leave a taste in your mouth, and so it should. The only reason I have only given the book three stars ...more
It took me a while to decide whether to mark this as a 'favourite' read and so give it top marks - the reason being that the book does include a lot of animal cruelty and to say I 'enjoyed' reading this is not true. However, this isn't what the book is about and the author uses the cruelty to highlight his message, to show how and why the dogs in both his stories act like they do, and to show how they can be redeemed, despite man's worst attempts.

'White Fang' tells the story of a half wolf, half
Dec 24, 2016 Barakiel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Call of the Wild - 5/5

1. Interesting characters, from Buck (the shepherd x St Bernard), to Sol-leks (the half blind sled dog), to Perrault (the Frenchman), to Mercedes and John Thornton.
2. An vivid depiction of the gold rush in Northern North America which led to the need for sled-dogs
3. The author goes into the brutality of that time, in man and beast
4. Emotional moments
5. The writing is tight, with few words wasted

1. None that I can think of. Probably just that it was too short.
Mikal O'Boyle
Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang are two very dense and detailed stories. There is no doubt that London has a very strong connection to dogs, and his ability to describe how natural instincts separate them from humans is remarkable. I found that with both stories there were strong similarities such as heart wrenching treatments that the dogs both endured, but there were slight differences as well, though Buck was a pure dog and White Fang was half wolf. Considering that I am a dog o ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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
Dec 29, 2016 Katrice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These were two of my favorite "classical" books growing up and I can say they both definately stand the test of time. Now that am older and also have read them both back to back just want to say I really kind of found it interesting how these two books were actually kind of bookends for one another. Buck goes from domesticated to wild, and White Fang goes from wild to domesticated. Nice exploration of contrasting and similar themes.
Sep 01, 2011 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal and/or nature lovers.
Being my first foray in reading Jack London, I have to say I was impressed with both The Call of the Wild and White Fang. One can really see that Jack London had a passion for nature as well as animals, and his abilities to observe and interpret those things are evident in his writing.

The thing that struck me most about reading The Call of the Wild and White Fang in one collection was how much the stories parallel each other. The Call of the Wild begins with Buck, a "soft Southland dog," who is
This review related to the first story in this book, The Call of the Wild.

London tells us a yarn in the good ol’ fashioned Boys Own style with The Call of the Wild. And that's how it was read to me many years ago by my father, without any knowledge of London's communism. So we follow the interior life of a dog named Buck, from an unduly civilized Lord of his Domain dog, into a near-mythical creature of the wild, a kind of spirit animal. And there’s more to it if we want to listen.

‘Deep in the fo
Sep 27, 2011 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2015 Cecilia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, classics
The Call of the Wild ★★★
(Because I don't like some of the ending!)

White Fang ★★★☆
(At first, I can't be immersed in story... And I don't like London's several ideas.
But in the end, story was good and rewarding)


My Quotes from The Call of the Wild and White Fang (Jack London)

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstas
Sep 26, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brett Francis
Sep 08, 2015 Brett Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is undeniable that Jack London knows his topic, and this novel was a great change of pace for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these tales of dogs / wolves, and also seeming the humanity juxtaposed with it. For me, it is hard to say which I liked more. I lean toward White Fang. The Call of The Wild moved at a bit more frenetic pace, sometimes too quickly, and I can see why White Fang is called the companion novel as they touch on many of the same themes, but White Fang definitely got deeper i ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Cheruv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read 'The call of the wild' in secondary school, so a few days ago I started out reading only White Fang.
After completing that, and reading the afterword, I was compelled to read TCOTW again and I do not regret it at all. It is still one of my favourite tales about animals and the wilds.

The total rating would be 4.5*'s but I can give TCOTW a hearty 5* rating. It was wonderful to read it again after so many years. It still captured that spirit of adventure, of danger and wild abandon. Mr Lond
Jul 11, 2015 Effy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Call of the Wild was alright. It wasn't too long, and it was interesting enough. If you had to pick a book for high school English or something I'd tell you this one's not so bad.

But White It started out really good. The book is divided into five parts, and I didn't want to put it down for the first one. Then the second part it starts to get really long-winded and repetitive. That gets worse in the rest of the book, with all the stuff about men being gods and their will being law. An
Jul 15, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Mar 07, 2015 Sarwat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the books that tug at the wildness residing in your heart. Both the stories were so heart-touching, at times it's almost as if one wasn't reading about animals, but watching the transformation of man himself. In 'The Call of the Wild' is a transformation of a dog who sheds the veneers of civilization and, under the harshness of the Arctic, turns to his true wolf-calling. 'White Fang' is the opposite, a wolf who, after facing oppression and abuse from man and nature, is finally tamed into ...more
Joseph Fountain
This review is for Call of the Wild only (not White Fang)

Never was there such a dog. ~ John Thornton regarding Buck

This is the second time I’ve read The Call of the Wild. It is the third person narrative of Buck, a four year old half-breed St. Bernard and Scotch Shepherd. It is sort of a canine coming of age tale (bigdogsroman perhaps?) or Buck’s journey from being a comfortable domestic pet, to becoming a free and dangerous beast of the wild.

My full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimeque
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
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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.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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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
“whole realm was his. He plunged into the swimming tank or went hunting with the Judge's sons; he escorted Mollie and Alice, the Judge's daughters, on long twilight or early morning rambles; on wintry nights he lay at the Judge's feet before the roaring library fire; he carried the Judge's grandsons on his back, or rolled them in the grass, and guarded their footsteps through wild adventures down to the fountain in the stable yard, and even beyond, where the paddocks were, and the berry patches. Among the terriers he stalked imperiously, and Toots and Ysabel he utterly ignored, for he was king,—king over all creeping, crawling, flying things of Judge Miller's” 1 likes
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