Call of the Wild / White Fang
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Call of the Wild / White Fang

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The Call Of The Wild is thestory of Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrustinto the merciless life of the Arctic north toendure hardship, bitter cold, and the savagelawlessness of man and beast. White Fangis the adventure of an animal -- part dog, partwolf --turned vicious by cruel abuse, thentransformed by the patience and affection of one man.

Jack London's superb abi...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Bantam Classics (first published 1903)
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Werner
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
Marc
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
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
Catherine
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
Crystal
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
Camille
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
Steve
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
Tony
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John
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
Isabel
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
Elisa
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Jamie
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
Frances
Sep 25, 2011 Frances rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Frances by: Hen Hud Lit Lovers book club
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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
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
Robert
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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
dara
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.
Laura
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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 involving...it drew me...more
Bucket
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
Dave
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
Scott
Jul 18, 2012 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: dog lovers, kids or young adults who like adventure
I will admit I was skeptical upon picking up this book, first of all because it was yanked from the youth section of my local library, and second because it fell into the pseudo-category of "Books I Didn't Read As A Kid But Probably Should Have." I didn't want to read a book that felt like homework. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

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
Silvana
Dec 07, 2007 Silvana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all animal lovers
This probably will be one of my all time fave of animal books. Makes me think whether Jack himself was a reincarnation of a wolf himself, becoz his description is so damn real.

The setting is around the end of the 19th century. The Call of the Wild tells about Buck, a normal house-bred dog who was kidnapped and brought to Alaska to be a sled dog. There he has to face a brutal and merciless world with its “law of club and fang”. The description on how he was decivilized, until finally he answers "...more
Gus
The Call of the wild by Jack London is an interesting book. The protagonist in this book is Buck (a dog). He lives a happy life in a home where everyone loves him. He gets love and care. Buck gets it all. But one day whenever his family leaves for a few hours, he is left with a gardener’s helper named Manuel. Manuel has been with the family for a long time. He loves to play Chinese lottery. There is a big need for dogs up north. It is 1897, and people really want dogs. It is illegal to steal an...more
Bobby
The Call of the Wild (3/5) and White Fang (2/5), I averaged each companion novel for the overall book rating. I remember being read parts of White Fang when I was little. I was so enamored with Huskies after seeing the movie Balto and having been exposed to this book. This book sat in my to-be-read box for a while; I don’t know how long it had been before I decided to pick it up. I wanted it to be winter so I would be pulled into the environment of the snow and ice, but also wanted to time it wi...more
Shawn
I totally enjoyed the book but I gave the book alone 4 stars, but the narration is 5 stars all the way.

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...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.” 1 likes
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