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The Call of the Wild by Jack London
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Mar 07, 12

Read in April, 2009

I've lived in Alaska for over 40 years. Reading Jack London was the main catalyst
for my wanderlust, for my original travels to the arctic. I had a boyfriend who
recommended this book and who dreamed of traveling to Alaska. He never made
it to the arctic but I did - and I stayed.

This book is poignant, hopeful and sad - all in one. It is about a great dog named
Buck and his resilience and love for his master, Thornton. Buck is tenacious, resil-
ient and fearless in the face of abuse and adversity of all sorts. He is a great dog!
I chuckled when Buck scared off 12 wolverines. Wolverines are considered the
most ferocious of animals. If you run across a wolverine in Alaska, you pray or
run or shoot.

There was one little anachronism that bothered me. Jack London talks about
crickets in Alaska but there are no crickets in the arctic. I miss crickets so I am
sure about this fact!

When I re-read this book recently, I remembered with nostalgia the very first
time I read it as an adolescent and how it led me to my home in Fairbanks. This
is a great book about the arctic, about a great dog, and a great book overall.
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