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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  89,546 ratings  ·  2,252 reviews
In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, White Fang, a part-dog, part-wolf cub soon finds himself the sole survivor of a litter of five. In his lonely world, he soon learned to follow the harsh law of the North—kill or be killed.

But nothing in his young life prepared him for the cruelty of the bully Beauty Smith, who buys White Fang from his Indian master and tur
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Aladdin (first published 1906)
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Robert Not YA. It is listed as "Adventure" at Wikipedia.

YA defined :Young-adult fiction or young adult literature, often abbreviated as YA,[1] is fiction…more
Not YA. It is listed as "Adventure" at Wikipedia.

YA defined :Young-adult fiction or young adult literature, often abbreviated as YA,[1] is fiction written, published, or marketed to adolescents and young adults.

While it is a very accessible book, originally a serialized novel, it was intended for a general audience as literature. For one thing, there are no major characters who are young adults or teenagers. It has no, not human at least, "coming of age" angle typical of YA fiction. Until the last part (of five) it is a story of unrelenting uncompromising harshness and cruelty. The author goes to great length to not humanize the dogs, especially White Fang, to prevent any identification of his story as a disguised allegory of a human life. It is a literary work that consciously tells a story exactly the reverse of its predecessor Call of the Wild.(less)

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Henry Avila
Can an animal part wolf, part dog, be rehabilitated and become a domestic pet? The exact opposite of, another Jack London novel, The Call of the Wild. So the premise is, in White Fang. A runaway former Indian bred she- wolf, Kiche, along with forty odd others, in a wolf pack, are following three men on a dog sled, two still alive. Famine grips the territory in the Yukon, during the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada, just before the start of the Twentieth Century . The wild animals are starving, literal ...more
Lynne King
I was reminded of Diana, the Huntress with her lop-eared hounds driving her chariot and her nymphs as her hunting companions when I read this book. And it is as that Goddess that I accompanied the wolf White Fang (the only survivor out of a litter of five puppies), on his incredible journey through life. I was the hidden onlooker basking in all the trials and tribulations that overcame him, be it through periods of famine, extreme brutality by human beings, his necessity and desire to hunt and t ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
One of my all time favorite books. Hard at times, bloody, but if you love the outdoors, and dogs, try it.

****The above was my original "minimalist" review of this book.****

Actually the book doesn't require much of a review beyond, "great book". However as a friend here noted she's just reading it my mind was drawn back to it.

As noted below I grew up on a small farm and didn't have access to a lot of novels. I had 4 my parents had given me as gifts over time and our school had a small library. T
not to treat animals,earth humans or anything
with disrespect. We are all equal.
Animals and pets don't choose thier owners, we
choose them.
Animals don't know if thier owner is mean, nice, neglctive, they get good owners out of luck.
Jemima Pett
I opened my ancient copy of this book with the excitement of reading an old friend. I know I originally read it when I was about 12 or 14. I would not recommend it to anyone under 14 now, and definitely not to anyone with the slightest tendency towards cruelty or bullying. On this reading I was alternately horrified by the beatings meted out to White Fang and other animals (and their justification), and discomforted by the discourse Jack London creates about the intentions, understandings and in ...more
Excellent! I liked it more the further into it I got!
Describing the silent journey of the travelers through the cold, barren landscape: "...It affected their minds as the many atmospheres of deep water affect the body of the diver. It crushed them with the weight of unending vastness and unalterable decree. It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds..."

Exactly how I felt trudging through chapter 1. I staggered into part four---60% of the way through my slow journey toward the end of the book---exhausted with boredom. I was star
Luís Miguel
Nesta espécie de prequela a “Apelo da Floresta” o protagonista canino faz o caminho inverso do seu familiar, isto é, Presa Branca parte do meio selvagem para a civilização e companhia dos homens. Por ventura, uma das mais famosas personagens de Jack London, o lobo guerreiro de inteligência excepcional e moldado pela dureza que conheceu às mãos dos seus donos, mais até que na floresta.

London é igual a si próprio – pungente e tudo menos subtil, no entanto, as suas limitações técnicas são patentes
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David Williams
Though I responded with boyish enthusiasm to 'The Call of the Wild' many years ago and it re-echoes in memory, I had not read 'White Fang' or any of London's other books until now. I don't think 'White Fang' quite compares with its companion novel stylistically - the later chapters in particular are too obviously allegorical and predictable - but it is equally rugged, energetic and thrilling. London excels at seeing the world through the dog wolf's eyes, and he also manages the difficult and nec ...more
White Fang is half dog and half wolf. Growing up in the Yukon territory of Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush, he learned the law of the Wild at an early age: kill, or be killed, eat, or be eaten. Separated from his mother and traded from master to master, White Fang never grasped the concept of love, and violence was all that he knew. Having no teacher, he learned the rules of survival by experience. Then, a cruel man buys White Fang and turns him into a pit dog forced to fight for money. Wit ...more
Je strašně málo knih, které ve mně dokáží probudit divoké emoce, které mě nejen nahlas rozesmějí, ale také rozpláčou a doženou k úzkosti. Znáte Bílého tesáka? Znáte jeho příběh? Nemyslím si, že je mnoho lidí, kteří by jej neznali. Já sama na jeho příběhu vyrůstala. A přesto, přestože jsem to četla už šestkrát, stále jsem z toho příběhu znovu a znovu nadšená, stále se dokážu smát stejně jako plakat. Stále je to příběh, který v mém srdíčku zachovává zvláštní místečko.

Bílý tesák je reálný příběh, n
I used to haaate reading books from an animal's point of view. But with maturity comes appreciation for the possibility of a different way of living, and though humans are animals too, nothing seems so alien as a different species perspective. That being said, I think White Fang is the uncanniest depiction of an animal brain that I've read. It has none of the personified sentimentality that can make these stories maudlin. If there is a nest of baby birds within reach, White Fang will eat them. W ...more
Reading Jack London's White Fang was beyond any expectation. The manner by which he has so vividly written in an animal's point of view leads one to incredulous experiences and conclusions while wholly experiencing the enthralling story. I'm almost inclined to argue - with an implausible idea - that London is white fang himself experiencing firsthand all that he has written. This statement does not render absurdity but rather should be further taken as an evidence giving credence that London's W ...more
M.J. Johnson
I’d read White Fang (1906) before I started Call of the Wild (1903) - I didn’t check their chronology. Another thing I didn’t know is that Call of the Wild is considered his great masterpiece, and I can probably appreciate this; it is in some ways tighter and leaves the reader with a more haunting sense of ‘the wild’ that we have all evolved from. Both novels still make an impact on the reader even after just over a hundred years. In fact the only thing that dates either book is an occasional ar ...more
The book White Fang was about a wolf dog. It is broken into sections. It’s starts off with the unborn dog’s family and their pursuit of two men transporting a body across the Great North West. The two character where short lived and unimportant in the rest of the story. The next section was about White Fang growing up during a famine (famines occurred many time in this books). Then White Fang’s mother is reunited with her old Indian owner’s brother. White Fang is now left with his mom in a India ...more
Perhaps the best characterization I've ever seen of a London fan is in the first few pages of "Into the Wild": "crackpots from the lower forty-eight who come north to live out ill-considered Jack London fantasies." Reading London makes you want to go to Alaska - plain and simple.
"White Fang" goes against London's typical "nature vs. nurture" model (set forth in "To Build a Fire" and "The Call of the Wild"), and instead puts redemption in the way of social Darwinism. In short, the protagonist (a
Another classic book about dogs/woofs by Jack London. I read this one on the tail of "Call of the Wild" and liked to think that "White Fang" was the offspring of the first dog...but who knows if this was even intended, it wasn't really implied by the book but the locations and time line are similar, the Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush near the end of the 19th-century.

This story is the "thematic mirror" of the Call of the Wild. In this book a Wolf/Dog mix becomes domesticat
Okay, non me lo aspettavo.

Per impulso ho sempre visto Zanna Bianca come uno di quei libri che non fanno per me. Non è una sensazione ben definita, è la stessa sensazione che si può avere quando in libreria ci allontaniamo da un libro per il semplice fatto che non ci attira. Così, a istinto.
Sarà stato per il fatto che è Jack London, sarà stato per il fatto che è in casa mia e io voglio leggere tutto il leggibile nel mio poco tempo, la curiosità è subentrata e ho lasciato perdere l'istinto.
Ho de
I can't even say how many times I've started this book as a child and just never could finish it or even The Call of the Wild. I was probably the only kid in Alaska who didn't read these two reading staples. FINALLY, I actually finished it. I like Jack London and I liked this. I like how he humanizes the dogs by explaining its current feelings and how that leads to specific actions. I liked The Call of the Wild a little more.
Michelle Betz
La historia es muy tierna, entretenida y dinámica.
De repente me pasaba, que se me olvidaba que era en la cabeza de un lobo donde estaba metida. Y no sé si eso considerarlo malo o bueno.
Me encantó que no se me hiciera tediosa la lectura, cada vez me hacía querer saber que cosas más le ocurriría en el camino a Colmillo Blanco hasta por fin llegar a su HEA (?)
El final no pudo ser mejor por cierto, me gustó como término todo para este lobito que tuvo que pasarla pero muy mal para poder estar muy
i thought this book was amazing.i thought it was great because it was a good triumph for kids ages 9 to 16.i did not like how the book did not have a good ending that i just did not like.i wanted there to be more to it like what happened.i liked this book because it was a good story about a wolf growing up and facing fears and almost deaths through out the book .i liked how the book showed multiple characteristic that everyone needs and should have. i love this book and im not a really big reade ...more
Leah Angstman
Aug 17, 2015 Leah Angstman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jack London fans, dog/wolf fans, Yukon Wilderness fans
This is even bloodier than The Call of the Wild, my. Right out the gate, I'll say that I definitely liked Call/Wild better, and I'm glad I read them in reverse order (Call/Wild first, even though it's technically second), because it gave me a little treat at the end of this book that wouldn't have meant as much otherwise. If you must choose only one Jack London book, read Call/Wild; it's simply a better book, and the interactions with the humans are better. But White Fang is still awesome, and i ...more
Man! I'm in love. With wolf dogs. With Jack London. Most definitely with White Fang. The dog AND the book. My only regret is that I've finished it & must now move on to other books. It's hard to let it go as I've grown so fond of White Fang. I long to read more of his story, to imagine what his beautiful wolf doggie eyes look like, to cheer him on as he kicks doggie ass & root for him to overcome all crap thrown his way. Never mind that White Fang is a fictional character, not to mention ...more
For some reason, though I had it when I was little, I never read White Fang. I think I was afraid of anthropomorphism. I figured it was going to be kind of cutesy, not really worth my time. Much as I liked Narnia and the like, in fiction based in the real world, I wanted more realism. I obviously never even started reading it. I think the book does a good job of portraying the wolf as a completely different creature from the human -- as well as a human can do without becoming a wolf for a while ...more
For such a simple story, this book gives me some pretty complex reactions.

On one level, this is an adventure story, and a rousing good one. It's the kind of thing that ten-year-olds adore, with an animal hero whose fierceness (and eventually, whose noble spirit) saves the day. It's lively and uncomplicated, with a wealth of detail but relatively straightforward language. It's just plain fun.

On another level, this a blatant bit of imperialism as jingoistic as anything Kipling ever wrote. (Anothe
Jack London (1876-1916) ist ein bedeutender amerikanischer Schriftsteller und war einer der ersten, die mit ihren Büchern weltweit Erfolg hatten. Wolfsblut gilt als eines seiner besten Werke. Es erzählt die Lebensgeschichte des Wolfs White Fang. White Fangs Mutter war halb Wolf und halb Hund und daher an das Zusammenleben und Arbeiten mit Menschen gewöhnt. So begibt sich auch White Fang in die Obhut der im Norden im kanadischen Yukon Territory lebenden Indianer. Der Roman spielt in den 1890er Ja ...more
Characterized by long stretches of exposition, London's classic arctic adventure simply sprawls into a series of relentlessly violent, brutal, and tragic tales about a, by and large, unsympathetic protagonist, the wolf-dog, White Fang. The first 80% of this patchwork novel is depressing and tough to take - instances of animal abuse and a heavy-handed commentary on the law of the club and the savage law of nature sadly tarnished my nostalgic childhood memory of this book. The anticipated and even ...more
Lyn Tan
Jun 01, 2013 Lyn Tan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who like original and interesting plots and characters
Recommended to Lyn by: My Mom
The story line was unique and intriguing. At first, it was a little slow-going but after the introduction it was actually quite fun! It didn't stir up any special emotion in me when I read it though - i didn't feel touched or sad and neither did i cry or laugh. But overall I think White Fang is Jack London's masterpiece and I recommend it to all who like original and interesting plots and characters! :)
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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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