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The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Other Stories

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  16,988 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
Of all Jack London's fictions none has been as popular as his dog stories. In addition to The Call of the Wild, the epic tale of a Californian dog's adventures during the Klondike gold rush, this edition includes White Fang, and five famous short stories - B tard, Moon-Face, Brown Wolf, That Spot, and To Build a Fire.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 20th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1906)
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Sep 20, 2012 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When reading Jack London's work, I reach a cathartic experience that is usually only achievable by a powerful film (Schindler's List, Gladiator, Munich). However, Jack London is able to achieve that (at least for me) without the emotional orchestral soundtrack, or the film techniques used in modern cinema today. He is able to have me pause and contemplate the way I have lived my life and how I will continue. His sentences take me to a place where there is no iphone, ipads, ipods, no "generation ...more
What a wonderful book. I haven't read this since I was in 7th grade and didn't finish it before my book report was due - my teacher caught on and really got after me for trying to turn in a book report on a book i didn't finish. I read this to my 8 year old and we both loved it. The story of Buck, a mild "southland" dog that is stolen and sold to work in the Yukon pulling dog sleds for gold seekers. He finds his wild roots and becomes one of the hardest working and most loved dogs of the north. ...more
May 17, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 stories for the price of 1 with this book … BONUS!! I LOVED IT …
… and as it turns out, I want more of Jack London in my life NOW.

Sadly with his passing at the age of only 40 in 1916, so too did his knack for story-telling die with him. Luckily though, he left behind a wealth of material in short stories, novels, articles, essays, plays and even poetry for future generations to savor. I’m taking future reading recommendations as I type this review up. I would gladly read them all if I could be
Oct 31, 2016 Realini rated it really liked it
The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at:


The Call of the Wild has been included on The Modern Library top of Best Books in the English language, available at:


I had qualms about it, when I first found it on this list of best novels, thinking that a book for children should not get so much attention.
But it proved me wrong.

It is a fabulous story, wi
Oct 12, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
Jack London was really, really good at what he did, and what he did was craft stories about dogs (or with dogs) where the main focus is the animal and its place in the world - the tug between the Wild and the comforts of civilization. The biggest question in The Call of the Wild and White Fang (which was sometimes referred to as The Call of the Tame, apparently) was always "At what point does the wolf become a dog, or the dog the wolf?" Many books will make you question what it means to be human ...more
Dee Q
Aug 23, 2013 Dee Q rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
White Fang is by far the greatest story I've ever read. I haven't really read a lot of books by Jack London, but I think White Fang is his best and demonstrates conclusively the author's remarkable talent. The journey of a wolf cub born in and molded by the fierce and merciless Wild of the frosty Arctic to the 'sun-kissed' and civilized territory of humankind was depicted by London in a vivid and imagination provoking fashion. Everything from the magnificent features of Nature to the minutest fr ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peter by: Piers Denholm Young

This man was undoubtedly a good writer, his concise, tight occasionally prosaic phrasing works well, reminding me a little, and only a little, of William Goulding.
Each books stands on it own merits;

Call of the Wild
Excellent! Stars White Fang in a cameo role, some great descriptive prose which captures a sense of the Alaskan wilderness well as well as contextualising the brutality of man and beast.

White Fang
Call of the Wild in reverse; brutality of the wilderness, hate,savagery e
"Jack London could see the world very clearly through a dog's eyes. We learn a lot about dogs from reading these."

"That dog fight sure was gruesome, but for some reason I am unfazed by the consumption of one or more humans."

"I like dogs. These stories were about dogs. I like these stories."

"Jack London also only wrote stories about doggies. These were his most important stories."

"Life is not always happy."

"I did not learn anything about life that was more important than the statements listed ab
Jun 07, 2013 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a study of a particular kind of early constructed masculinity via metaphor, this book is invaluable. I say book because Call and Fang form a sort of single narrative--the movement from civilization to "the wild" and the movement back (though not by the same dog). The last 10 pages of Call are genius that surpasses the rest of the book, and the first third of Fang is really quite good (the first two chapters alone would make a pretty incredible supernatural horror movie). I don't have to recom ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Raluca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I cringed with horror and disgust at the brutal and realistic ways of London's depiction of events, I found within the stories a beauty to which I resonate, a solidarity towards animals and a call to freedom of such Buck felt. There are reflections not only upon the character of beasts but upon that of man, the man-animal as White Fang first thought of it, and they gave me much to think about, to mold them with my own reflections of what I have learned about my own behavior and that of ot ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
Reading this as an adult was definitely a surprised experience - I didn't remember how dark it was. Jack London's style was fascinating - the only emotion in the book is what I brought to it. He kept the story from an animal's perspective - no emotion, just relating to it as far as how it affected Buck's survival and well-being. Great read. Now to re-read White Fang...
Apr 05, 2010 Theo rated it it was amazing
This is a story that you cant put down. it is sad, and also happy at the same time. Almost perfect, with lots of explanations for unknown words. It is a great book. You learn from it, about how dogs learn and i think that that's neat.
Joseph Jupille
Jul 22, 2015 Joseph Jupille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-west
I just re-read Call of the Wild for the first time since grade school. Loved it. I will probably read White Fang again and maybe some of the others, but there are so many books, and there is so little time ...
Jack London’s name is familiar to many of us who read his dog stories as teenagers. I think I was just into my teens when I first read The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and I think I read them at school, not from the bookshelves at home. What I didn’t know until I Googled for his dates just now and found his page at Wikipedia, was that Jack London was a much more versatile and socially progressive author than I had ever suspected:

John Griffith “Jack” London (born John Griffith Chaney) January
Mar 07, 2017 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Totally struck a chord
P.S. Winn
Feb 22, 2017 P.S. Winn rated it it was amazing
I love Jack London and his amazing stories. So far, I haven't come across one I don't like.
Mar 24, 2008 Mara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Outdoors people, dog-lovers, and people who like good tall tales
Shelves: classics, reviewed
Technically, I only read "The Call of the Wild," but after reading it, I definitely will go on to read "White Fang" and more of Jack London. Don't think I gave him a chance in the past-this is probably because of the Disney movie "White Fang," which I did like, but was also slightly scared of as a kid. I'll never forget the first time I saw the body fly out of the coffin onto the frozen lake in that one scene. I'm told it's meant to be funny, but as a little kid, it was completely horrifying. Be ...more
Jack London's The Call of the Wild left me wondering in happy thoughts but at the same time, sad thoughts.

We might not think very often of a dog's life and what it's like, but in silly ways a dog's life can be like a humans' life. Dogs do not always have a pleasurable life. Buck thought his life was pretty great until he was sent out into the wild. Buck and a lot of other dogs get taken away from their homes to go work in Canada because of the gold rush that hit the Klondike region. Men needed t
Maria Ploumaki
Feb 14, 2017 Maria Ploumaki rated it liked it
Sorry.Cant read a book were dogs get hurt.Sorry.
Sep 15, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
So fun to listen to this as we passed right through the areas in the book on our way to Alaska!
Jon Shanks
Dec 11, 2016 Jon Shanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Jack London believed in nature, red in tooth and claw. He seems to know his stuff and he certainly doesn't hold back in describing the brutality and violence in nature, specifically, the unforgiving wintery weather of the North [of America/Canada] and the hardy animals that struggle for life within it. Alongside the classics, The Call of the Wild and White Fang, this volume also contains two short stories, Bâtard and Love of Life which are brutal and unforgiving, seemingly serving ...more
If I'd known ahead of time how many throats would be ripped out in the course of these stories, I might not have picked these as lunchtime audiobooks.

In both The Call of the Wild and White Fang, I found Jack London's manner of seeing the world through a dog's or wolf's eyes intriguing. Often, it wasn't like he was seeing things as a human mind inside of a dog but rather seeing directly through the dog's eyes. Of course, there's no way to know if his interpretation is accurate. The canine perspec
A. J. McMahon
Aug 23, 2015 A. J. McMahon rated it it was amazing
The Call of the Wild is one of my very favourite novels of all time, and I think little needs to be said to recommend it. White Fang is also a great novel. This particular edition can be recommended on the further grounds that not only does it have these two absolutely classic novels, but it also has several short stories as well, including the absolutely amazing short story Batard, which I had never heard of before encountering it in this edition. Batard is a fairly straightforward story with a ...more
Oct 20, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I scanned the shelves at work before a weekend trip and grabbed this purely because it was on our Oxford World Classics promotion and registered as something I've been meaning to read for a while.

The Call of the Wild is decidedly one of my favourite books - and goes with A Christmas Carol on the list of novels I could easily read again and again. It evoked a wonderful sense of wilderness and tormented me with a longing for snow and mountains again.

White Fang is a more layered and complex creatio
Apr 12, 2013 Bernie rated it it was amazing
The version I have read has two stories The Call of the Wild is about Buck a half breed domesticated dog from the Southlands who is kidnapped and sent to work on the sledges in the north. The other story is White Fang a mongrel wolf that is brought in from the wild to work also on the sledge for humans.
Both stories are polar opposites of each other where one descends from tame to wild and the other from wild to civilization. London delves into the minds of these animals, their thoughts and emoti
Mark McKenny
Jan 14, 2015 Mark McKenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In order of preference, White Fang > Batard > Moon-Face > The Call of the Wild > To Build A Fire > Brown Wolf > That Spot. Although honestly, all stories contained in the collection are perfect.

This was my first reading of Jack London. A few years ago I'd picked up a copy of The Call of the Wild, but never really gave it enough time. This time however, I got so into the stories, I started thinking about dogs and wolves everywhere I went...

My big regret I guess would be that I n
Xiaobei Li
Jul 22, 2009 Xiaobei Li rated it it was amazing
I have to say Jack London is the best author I've ever seen! I really love this story. The first time I read it is about 13years old. Because I love animals so I choose this book to read, but it's Chinese. After I read this English edition. It seems I came back to my childhood. I really like White Fang. And I have a desire to have a new dog like him. He is so smart, so brave, sooo handsome(from this book I can see). Although he has some bad experince, like being ill-treated by his several owners ...more
Shannon Taylor
Dec 14, 2015 Shannon Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eleanor Roberts ; Rachel Rees ; Lleuwyn Taylor
Recommended to Shannon by: Ari; Chris McCandless
I really enjoyed this. It gave a lot of philosophical insight into the nature of nature, and the dynamics of 'the Wild'. Very poignant to my adventurous side. I thought the construction of White Fang was very true to wolfish nature for the most part, thought maybe quite fanciful when it came to his dependence on humans, but it is a work of fiction so I won't hold it against Mr London. The writing flowed very well, and the built up characterisation was very engaging. I especially apprec
Hey- a book about man and dog where the dog doesn't die! That's my kind of dog book. Sure, enough animal cruelty to make me sick, and every other dog meets a gloomy end, but... not Buck!

I recall reading this some 10-14 years ago and finding it drab. But maybe it's reading about the frozen north in the blazing heat of the summer that made it really appealing to me. Still unpleasant to listen to the dog-breaking scenes, but an interesting story nonetheless.

My favorite short story was Love of Life
Barrett Goldflies
I never read Jack London before, and the only knowledge I had about "Call of the Wild" was that it was one of the books that Chris McCandless read that inspired him to achieve the Darwin Award. After reading "Call of the Wild," "White Fang" and the other stories included in the book, I found myself enjoying the stories and appreciating Jack London. I also found myself how Mr. McCandless was inspired to take on a dangerous expedition to Alaska based in large part on a story about a dog dragged th ...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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