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Out of the white wilderness of the Far North, Jack London drew the inspiration for his tales of perilous adventure and animal cunning. Includes: "Diable-A Dog"; "An Odyssey of the North"; "To the Man on Trail"; "To Build a Fire"; "Love of Life"
Published (first published 1960)
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Lisa
Aug 01, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, guys, I dreamed about ice and snow for at least 3 days after reading this book.

London does great things with a relatively simple cast (I would love to meet Malemute Kid, personally). Admittedly, I liked some of the short stories best. They had a grit and realism to them that Call of the Wild seemed to lack, at least from Buck's perspective. London's ability to drop a whole set of characters through ice or detail the icy death of a man incapable of building a fire with his frozen finge
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Ken R
Feb 29, 2012 Ken R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London. This book is about a dog named Buck who gets taken away by Manuel, one of the garden helpers. Manuel took buck away to sell him as a sled dog, which were in high demand during the Klondike, which is the setting of the story. He stayed on a train for two days without food or water before getting shipped by van to a man known as the man in the red sweater. Buck tried to attack him and was beaten. Buck was soon bought by two French-Canadians ...more
Ria
Jan 31, 2016 Ria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was the worst book I have ever read. I did not enjoy the fighting, and the language the people talked in made it hard to understand. There were far too many characters introduced briefly, and I felt as if I couldn't remember any of the characters! I would never recommend this book to anyone unless they like old survival stories which can get boring.
AnnMarie Smith
I cry too much when it comes to animals......
Chez Hilroy
Up until now I'd had only two experiences with Jack London: that time Data met him in Star Trek and random, loving quotes from Parks & Recreation. Thus I was quite surprised when this, the first of his writing I've ever read, turned out to be neither incomprehensibly anachronistic or unbearably hokey.

In fact, The Call of the Wild is very readable and enjoyable. It tilts a bit towards the hokey every now and then, admittedly, but London's genuine knowledge of northern environs and the bleak p
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Bryan
Jun 01, 2008 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a book for a non-english speaker to understand clearly but the context of those stories in this book which written by Mr.LonDon are perfect for whom who love the nature, adventuring, or romance. The book’s including “The call of the wild”- a song of brave and truth, “Diable- a Dog”- a picture of hate, “The odyssey of the North” – a love and romance story, “To build a fire”, “to the man on trail”, and “Love of life”. Each story bring each own beautiful meaning to the readers. There first ...more
Grigori Cross
Jul 16, 2015 Grigori Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Call of the Wild" would itself have been worth the price I paid for this. The tale is written in such a way as to break the reader's heart time and time again, only to force a rekindling of instinct before regrouping. It's what's needed for survival in the north. Buck is put through a terrible ordeal, and his occasional rewards are nothing short of glorious. This story is ultimately about triumph - not to echo Riefenstahl, but the triumph of the will. "Call" is about the supreme beauty of r ...more
Lydia
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Samuel
Feb 10, 2009 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To kill or be killed! is what Buck has to think about in Call of the Wild by Jack London, through his adventures through the Yukon. That philosophy is what kept Call of the Wild interesting for me. Story's based on real life experiences, for me, are the most interesting.

Experiencing the life of a Yukon miner, influenced Jack London to write Call of the Wild. Jack London wrote this book telling reader about how hard life is in the Yukon. London wrote Call of the Wild in a very serious voice. Tryi
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Nancy
I forgot what great stories Jack London wrote. His stories follow the American tradition of plain-speaking, easy to understand language, and provides a wonderful example of literary naturalism. There's something beautiful and authentic about simple direct descriptions of a wild and vast frontier. Superficially, his stories are as uncomplicated and austere as the landscape he describes. However, the reader soon discovers depth to the stories; a yearning for all living creatures to have a purpose, ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 21, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids & dog lovers
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
In 1962 my mother arranged to travel by the HMS Milora, a freighter, from Duluth/Superior at the western tip of Lake Superior to Bremenhaven, Germany with me and my little brother, Fin. The trip through the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic took weeks as we collected grain en route and were held up off Germany by a dock strike. It was wonderful. I saw icebergs, whales, porpoises, flying fish, luminescent planktons, mid-sea oil rigs and nightly adult movies in incomprehensib ...more
Paul Patterson
Sep 05, 2010 Paul Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having just finished Wolf: The Lives of Jack London, I decided to re-read Call of the Wild. What a different lens through which to read this book. London's understanding of returning to the primitive and to the powerful as viewed through his evolutionary naturalistic perspective provides a paradigm for both humans and animals to return to their roots. In this way we shall, according to this view, regain our authenticity and perhaps produce a prouder more dignified species a la Nietzsche. The par ...more
Kostas Gailas

This book is about stories with sledge dogs and gold diggers which take place in the northern wilderness. The writer succeeds in passing on to the reader the harsh circumstances under which men and dogs fought for survival and for a better life. It all comes down to kill or be killed and only the strongest survive. Having that in mind, the book could not omit including graphic images of animal abuse and dog fights and making an honorable mention of the loyalty and the devotion of these dogs and

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Santanu Dutta
This is my third/ fourth read of this book. First I have read this around 30 years back and that was a Bengali translation of this book. Afterwards my reads were all abridged. This is the first time my complete unabridged reading. I am speechless as I am found myself 30n years back when I was in my mid teens. I am too filled to do a review. Only I shall say that this is a very good read of love and life of a dog Buck, the life in primordial ways of life, the lives of dogs and men in gold hunt in ...more
Mike
Jan 19, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic that I had never read. A collection of 6 stories by London, all set in the very cold Canadian north. The Call of the wild was by far the best, but they were all enjoyable. To Build A Fire was the second best story in this collection in my opinion.

The stories were at least an enjoyable read, and most of them were excellent. The only thing I did wrong was read this book in the winter. When you are already cold, it's not a lot of fun reading about people getting frostbite and freezi
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Jason
Aug 10, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, walking
I always thought this book was for kids but it is dark, so very dark. Featuring the kidnap, brutalisation, starvation and near death of a dog called Buck. Buck is totally awesome, the best animal I have ever read off in a book.

London does an amazing job of showing the brutality of nature and even more so brutality and love of humans. I am sure many people have cried over scenes in this book.

The selected stories in this book are also great, some are so sad showing how far man can go to survive.
Amy
Aug 02, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant stories. Gutsy and raw and terrible, dark, violent and profound. The story that the book is name after "the call of the wild" is about a dog that is stolen and taken to the Canadian wilderness, way up north in the early 1900s. It is a completely wild and undeveloped part of the world and the story follows how "Buck" learns to let go of his cosy domestic-understanding of the world and re-learn how to return to his wolfen ancestry and to once again understand and hear 'the call of the wi ...more
Lauren
Sep 18, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some stories appealed to me more than others. I loved "The Call of the Wild", but at times found some of it difficult to read. By this, I mean that the subject matter was at times hard to swallow. I love animals and reading about animals being mistreated was not pleasant. Aside from that, I loved the story of Buck transforming himself and getting in touch with his instincts. I also really enjoyed the story"Love of Life". It is a tale of survival and doing whatever one can to make it.
Katie
Jun 30, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The kids and I listened to these on CD in the car. The language was very advanced, but Cyrus and Tessa liked it anyways. Sometimes I had to stop and make sure they understood what was going on, but they usually did. The reader was excellent and I liked it more than I remembered from my last reading. It made me nostalgic to go up North to the Yukon. I had to give it 5 stars to honor my gold-seeking ancestors!
Kate
Jun 19, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was great. What stopped me from giving it 5 stars was that the Call of the Wild was too short. It was almost the same length as the selected stories, even though The Call of the Wild was supposed to be the main attraction. But I still thought it was a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes dogs.
Keith Parrish
Apr 13, 2012 Keith Parrish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I had never read Jack London before apart from some selections in some literature books and having read this, I must give myself a dope slap and call myself an idiot. Robust fiction in thrilling language. Manly writing that would find its way to Hemingway. And just plain compelling stories. Why had I never come this before?
Nathan
Sep 03, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 with a complete forgetfulness that one is alive."

"...he sings a song of the younger world, which is the song of the pack."
Tristen
Feb 23, 2016 Tristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Call of the Wild was decent and had lots of action. Buck is a good character and I enjoyed reading this book. The only reason why I rate this book 2 stars is the other stories (like Diable - A Dog) are very poorly written and confusing in my opinion.
Adam
Nov 14, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack London is not the most sophisticated of writers, but he conveys a very vivid imagery of Alaska during the gold rush. I especially like his choice of perspective in The call of the wild. It made me dream of wolves the other night.
Sharon
Apr 25, 2008 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Includes "Diable - A Dog" "An Odyssey of the North" "To the Man on Trail" "To Build a Fire" "Love of Life"
All great stories for lovers of Alaska. Jack London reads are a must for anyone loving wilderness adventure stories - old school.
Jan C
Oct 04, 2009 Jan C marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, animal
I think I read "The Call of the Wild" before but Sue Henry in "Murder on the Yukon Quest" was starting each paragraph with a quote from various London stories so it kind of whetted my appetite for some of his stories from the North Country.
Emma the Dork
Mar 18, 2009 Emma the Dork rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
k so finished the call of the wild, (amazing) diable a dog (rather odd and super intense ending) and the odyssey of the north (refreshing to be in human minds after all those animals). on to the man on trail, loving every bit of it.
Katrina
Okay, I just couldn't stay focused on this book. I read it but not 100% sure I actually comprehended it. It wasn't bad, but I just couldn't focus. The story was good. I will have to give it another try in the future.
Conor
Jan 07, 2017 Conor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can understand where America in the 1900s would love this. I liked that "Call of the Wild" was told from a dog's perspective...the whole talk of "half-breeds" and the survival of the fittest thing really ruined my read though.
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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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