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The Call of the Wild by Jack London
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Recommended to Scoobs by: Juliet Echo Whisky

** spoiler alert ** Buck did not read the newspapers...

of course he didn't. he was too busy being a badass. chasing down a big ass moose. saving john thornton's life. killing the indians who killed john thornton. running with the other wolves. winning bets. bitch slapping other dogs who got out of line.

buck's first snow experience...
"At the first step upon the cold surface, Buck's feet sank into a white mushy something very like mud. He sprang back with a snort. More of this white stuff was falling through the air. He shook himself, but more of it fell upon him. He sniffed it curiously, then licked some up on his tongue. It bit like fire, and the next instant was gone. This puzzled him He tried it again, with the same result. The onlookers laughed uproariously, and he felt ashamed, he knew not why, for it was his first snow."

buck's first theft...
"This first theft marked Buck as fit to survive in the hostile Northland enviroment. It marked his adaptability, his capacity to adjust himself to changing conditions, the lack of which would have meant swift and terrible death. It marked further decay or going to pieces of his moral nature, a vain thing and a handicap in the ruthless struggle for existence. It was all well enough in the Southland, under the law of love and fellowship, to respect the private property and personal feeling; but in the Northland, under the law of club and fang, who so took such things into account was a fool, and in so far as he observed them he would fail to prosper."

just before buck's first kill...
"All that stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plain to kill things by chemically propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy to kill - all this way Buck's, only it was infinitely more intimate. He was ranging at the head of the pack, running the wild thing down, the living meat, to kill with his own teeth and wash his muzzle to the eyes in warm blood."

after winning a bet for his best bud john thornton...
"'Gad, sir! Gad sir!' spluttered the Skookum Beach king. 'I'll give a thousand for him, sir, a thousand, sir - twelve hundred, sir.'
Thornton rose to his feet. His eyes were wet. The tears were streaming frankly down his cheeks. 'Sir,' he said to the Skookum Beach king, 'no sir. You can go to hell, sir. It's the best I can do for you, sir.'

as the man who recommended the book to me would say, "yee-haw."
this book fucking rocked.

'vaya con los lobos!'
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message 1: by brian (last edited Apr 12, 2008 11:50PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

brian   aw... a perfect review, scoobs. just perfect.

-juliet echo whisky


brian   wow. you 'got' my handle.

jewish only by heritage, woman. evil, non-believing motherfucker by trade.




message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Brian, I am shocked you are one of the tribe. I thought of you as the most waspy motherfucker I've met in a cycle of moons. I mean that in a good way.

Tracy, I have no doubt you are `a anti-christ'. even a reknowned she-devil like yourself doesn't deserve `the' in front of that moniker.

But I dig you to pieces any how.


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica yeah, and I'm 1/4!


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Hey, I love the `Chosen people'. I just never got that vibe off of Brian.


Laura Great review man. Just brilliant.


message 7: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn It's hard to describe such a great book and how amazing it is. I am just going to say everything you wrote when people ask me what the book is like. Thank you for writing such an amazing review.


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