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The Yukon Writings: The Call of the Wild/White Fang/Short Stories

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Buck, the main character, is a 140lb St Bernard/Scotch Shepherd cross, giving him the appearance of an exceptionally large dog. He leads a comfortable life as the pet of Judge Miller in the Santa Clara Valley of N. CA. Miller's gardener's assistant, Manuel, abducts the dog & sells him to a sled dog trainer, in demand due to the discovery of gold in the Yukon. Slowly in...more
Hardcover, 777 pages
Published 2001 by State Street Press (first published 1906)
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Dee Q
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
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
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
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
"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...more
Roger Rojas
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
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
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...
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.
Apr 18, 2012 Peter rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...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...more
Mar 29, 2008 Mara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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...more
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...more
The story was very interesting. My nine year old had difficulty following it. This is probably because the year the author wrote the story, it lacked the words we use today. Also, though I feel the author didn't do well to differentiate when Buck was changing views in the story. I was glad I had finally read that story. I'm not a fan of London's writing so I'm not sure if I will read anymore written by him.
Thornike Lelashvili
ჯეკ ლონდონი ნამდვილად არაა ჩემ ფავორიტ მწერალთა რიგებში, თუმცა ყოველთვის დიდი სიამოვნებით ვკითხულობ მოთხრობებს ბუნებაზე, ცხოველებზე. ლონდონის მოთხრობებიც სწორედ ასეთია. შეიძლება დაფიქრდე რომ ის თვისებები და ბრძოლა , რაც მის ცხოველ გმირებს ახასიათებთ, შესაძლოა ზედმეტად ადამიანურია, მაგრამ ეს არ გიშლის ხელს რომ განიცადო ის რასაც მისი გმირები განიცდიან.
Xiaobei Li
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
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...more
London is just too damn cool to not like. "The Call of the Wild" in particular--

"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and i...more
I just recently completed this book. I know that it is a book that most people read when they are younger but for some reason I never got around to it. Also I guess I should admit that I didn't techinally read it because I listened to it through audiobook. But I think it still counts. I have been listening to books on cd lately because there is nothing on the radio and I get bored when sitting in traffic. Anyway I thought this book was so good. I can see why it is a classic novel. I found myself...more
This is a timeless classic, the type of thing that will sit on children's and adult bookshelves for years. Written in simple English in 1907. Jack London's two books are no nonsense, not a word is spent foolishly in his writing, just like the story the words flow like a stream of gold. London appeals to Darwinism and Socialism in this epic page turner. We're invited on a journey in a Wolf's head and told the story of survival and hardship.

I look forward to reading London's other works this year...more
He asked for no quarter and he gave none.

One of my favourite pieces of writing of all time.
Nov 16, 2007 Shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nature (also the subcategory of Nature entitled "dying a cold death outdoors"), and Dogs
The Call of the Wild is a very appealing book for the age group teenager to adult. I read it at both of those time periods in my life. I think it's just as good as Krakauer's Into the Wild. I picked this volume with multiple stories because I also like To Build a Fire, a cautionary tale about dumbasses walking around in the arctic (but could be you or me). The guy's like, oops, I got my boot wet and it's 50 below and it's 3 miles back to hour later...the wolves are hour la...more
June Ahern
As I've said in a previous review, I'm listening to stories on line hence my review of that venue. I love animals and most stories about animals so I chose these two after having not read them since I was about twelve. I forgot how sad and angry I was in much of the stories as the dogs are being abused by "man". Mr. London portrays a time in history when life was rugged and tough just to stay alive. The gold rush days in Alaska brought out all the loonies, wanna be's and survivors of this kind o...more
Sep 09, 2008 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers
This book was about a dog who was half wolf and when he was born he lived in the wild with his wolf mother, who was human tamed. She took him back to the humans and he had to learn pain and fear. His owner beat him whenever he did something wrong and the other dogs bullied him and stole his ration of food. He had to learn respect and anger. Most of all he had to learn strength. He ended up killing a dog in the village and gained the respect he deserved. I adored this book, it let you know what i...more
Sharing the story from a dog's perspective was an eye opening experience. Jack London is a writer who can get to the depths of emotion without being sappy.

I read Call of the Wild directly after reading Into the Wild to complete a two part series on travel/adventure writing from Alaska and the pair worked well together. Not direct compliments in any sense but still holding ground for telling the tale of forced change, sometimes at your bequest, other times not.

While the story has a darkness tha...more
Oct 14, 2013 Brooke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brooke by: My English teacher and my aunt
I thought the book Call of the Wild by Jack London was a pretty good book, even though it would not have been a book of my choice if it were not mandatory for my English class. The book has very deep thoughts that can sometimes be difficult to comprehend, but, otherwise, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading touching stories, but it definately has some gory consepts to it. If you like nature, this book is perfect for you!
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Katie Elmore
I read this in middle school, and it has since been a favorite of mine.
Eh. It...wasn't as exciting as I thought it'd be. I mean, the stories were fairly cool and I did enjoy some aspects of them, but after getting 1/3 of the way through White Fang it started losing steam. Maybe these books are best to read one at a time? Call of the Wild was interesting enough, and Love of Life was a good gripping story. Yeah, probably better to read these one at a time.

Jack London's not a bad writer, though. He spares few details, and the way he portrays hierarchy and social order...more
Jean-luc Plourde
A must read classic. Easy to read. The author as a natural talent to put us in the mind of it's creation, even though they are animals.
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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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