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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  391,174 ratings  ·  13,466 reviews
First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 172 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic (first published 1903)
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Michelle I think this book is great for all ages, although the language and style are older, so it could be difficult for a child to understand and get into wi…moreI think this book is great for all ages, although the language and style are older, so it could be difficult for a child to understand and get into without some guidance. Children will understand it as a grand adventure story told through the eyes of a dog. Adults will see the deeper themes about society, human nature and justice.

There is quite a bit of violence in the book (dog fights, dog deaths, animal abuse), so that is something to consider if giving it to a child to read, as well. (less)
Bodhi It is a short novel, a novella. Some editions have only 100 pages! It has seven (VII) separately named parts or "chapters".…moreIt is a short novel, a novella. Some editions have only 100 pages! It has seven (VII) separately named parts or "chapters".(less)

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Sean Barrs
Men are so cruel. The way they break animals is deplorable; they use them, exploit them and abuse them all in the name of sport, entertainment and human convenience. Men are cruel. They try to conquer rather than living in a world of mutual respect; it’s man who has lost his nature, and he imposes such a thing on everything he comes across, but the animals will fight back:

“With a roar that was almost lion like in its ferocity, he again hurled himself at the man”

Buck is kidnapped (dognapped is
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I guess it's important to remember that this isn't just a socialist fable: it's also a book about a dog. That's certainly all I thought, when I was ten and I read and re-read this for the first several times. I just really liked dogs, and we couldn't have one, so I read a lot of books about them. Here's a book about Buck the Yukon sled dog. His bond with his human is so strong that they'll perform miracles for each other. That scene with the thousand pound sled is like the Rudy-sacks-the-quarter ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Call of the Wild, Jack London

The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.

The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska.

He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on p
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i am a dog obsessive. i'm nuts. dogs are my moby dick. they're my opera-house in the jungle. if i had a genie in a bottle, i'd wish away all human life (including my own) so dogs could take over the world. wait. that'd be wish number two. number one would be that i had an olympic sized swimming pool filled with dogs and i could do a few laps. then i'd erase humanity. seriously. my dog is the coolest guy i've ever met, my best friend, and love of my life. if it sounds weird: piss off. i don't wan ...more
He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.

When I was younger, my mother bought me a copy of The Call Of The Wild. It was part of a series of books for boys. I wish I had read it back then. It is a marvelous book. I'm only sorry that it
Mark Lawrence
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remembered discovering either Call of the Wild or Whitefang when I was a boy and really liking it, so on finding this on our shelves I read it to Celyn (12 but too disabled to read).

I found myself translating on the hoof as the book was written in 1903 and much of the language is quite Dickensian. Celyn's vocabulary, whilst largely unknown to me, must be derived from books and conversations, and neither of those would have supplied her with many of the words in Call of the Wild.

I found myself

Please be aware that, while the following review contains a number of adorable animals pics, young Ricky Schroder, who starred in the movie version of the novel, will NOT appear...I feared that would raise the sugar content of this report to diabetically dangerous levels.
Awwwwwww.....the classic “coming of age” story, with the nifty twister of having the main character be a pawky puppy going on doggiehood. I really licked it liked it, so two paws up there.

BTW, I'm not going t
Ben Winch
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 5-stars, anglo
I defy anyone - man, woman or child - not to like The Call of the Wild. It's the most exciting adventure, the most moving love story, the deepest meditation on a creature and its place in nature. If you aren't cheering for Buck the dog by the end of this you're either hard-hearted or a cat-lover. ...more
my goodness, this is a tough one for me to review. the abundance of violence and animal cruelty made this such an emotional read for me. i can understand why this is a classic and so well loved - there are many great themes in this book and the resolution is quite satisfying, but i struggled with most of the content. this was not a bad book, it just wasnt as enjoyable for me personally.

2.5 stars
Lynne King
“Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Miller’s down in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. With the Judge’s sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge’s grandsons, a sort of pompous guardianship; and with the Judge himself, a stately and dignified friendship. But love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.”

In reading this book, I had
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts on reading The Call of the Wild continue to change as I age. The status says that I've read this book 3 times, but it's more than that. I will not alter my rating, as I did after a reread in 2016 (see below), but my early childhood love for this story has waned, if only a tad. London wrote Buck as if he were an indestructible force of nature. When growing up, that's how I probably imagined my own dog. Maybe it's the progress of time that changes our enthusiasm and feelings to somethi ...more
Mohsin Maqbool
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I FIRST read Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" as a Classics Illustrated comic-book in the 1960s. I was in my early teens and was hardly interested in who Mr. London was or what he did for a living. All I was interested in was reading comic-books and enjoying them.
Finally, I was able to read the 32,000-word adventure novella this year in September-October. The book ended up in my list of favourite books. I also felt somewhat disappointed with myself for not having read the tome during my scho
An interesting and poetic look at a domesticated animal returning to its wild roots. Also, not very long, so a nice "palate cleanser" between longer reads. I think those with an appreciation for dogs will get even more out of this book. ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many others, I'm sure, my first encounter with Jack London was through Disney's beloved 1991 classic movie Wolfsblut (or White Fang) starring Ethan Hawke. I fell in love with the rough and wild landscape as well as the dog portraying the halfbreed.

This is "the other story" Jack London wrote about a dog. It's a novella, technically, but like the novel that he's now known for the most, this also tells of the wild north, of snow and ice and of a hard life.

We meet Buck, a dog living in the Unit
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Mar 24, 2022 rated it did not like it
sleep seems like an incredibly stimulating activity compared to reading this book
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Novels narrated from a dog’s point of view are rarities. I distinctly remember reading two, Fluke by the late great James Herbert, and Cujo by Stephen King (only partly from the dog’s POV). If the author’s talent is up to the task, it is quite a nice change in perspective (though I am sure you wouldn't want to read fiction from a canine perspective all the time unless you are a dog, even actual dogs don't want to do that, I have asked a few).

Set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush,
Fabian {Councillor}
The Call of the Wild is the classic dog novella, the book to check out if you want to know how dogs were portrayed in classic literature. Nobody could deny Jack London's reputation in his genre, and thousands of readers seem to love his dog stories. He was certainly a good author, as it is almost impossible to think of any other author who might have been able to paint such a dark, realistic and captivating picture of the Alaskan landscape, of nature's rudeness and the frameworks of the laws of ...more
Time for a reread? Yes, read again in March 2019.

This story made me happy. It left me in peace. This is reason enough to read the story.

I have read a lot of books about the intelligence of animals since I first read this. With all this information packed in my head, would I judge the book to be believable? Yeah, why not?!

This is my favorite by Jack London. It pulled my heartstrings. I want to believe it could be true.

The audiobook I listened to is read by Jeff Daniels. He speaks clearly, doesn’t
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Why did I not read this book earlier? Such a great short story and a needed respite from some hard core mysteries and thrillers. A must read for dog lovers who don't mind a little tear-jerker. ...more
Lori (on vacation) Keeton
”Never was there such a dog”…

The last time I remember reading this book I was 10 years old and in the 5th grade. After revisiting The Call of the Wild nearly 40 years later, I’m surprised that it was required reading. I didn’t like it then but remember that the boys favored it more than the girls. I don’t think I was quite old enough or mature enough (that’s me, not all 10 year olds necessarily) to grasp the concepts and appreciate the progress of it’s main character. This is not a happy, feel g
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, classics, audio
Wow, I’m shocked with how much I loved this classic!

The audiobook of this was just excellent.

Pablo Schreiber knocks it out of the park for me on narrating The Call of the Wild.
His voice tells me the story of Buck, the strong and brave dog that survives man and beast. I got a bit teary eyed at the end because he relates this book so well on this dog's life journey.

Like most, I’ve seen tons of movies for The Call of the Wild so I was not surprised by the plot.
I still don’t feel that the movies ca
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Call of the Wild is told from the dog Buck's point of view.

I read this as a teenager but I don't remember much of it. I do remember that I received it as a Christmas present and that it was part of a package of classic books, but that's about it.

I'm glad I re-read this, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did back in the day,(if I remember correctly). I am not a person that enjoys anything with animal abuse and as I get older I find myself less and less tolerant of those sorts of scenes.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't quite know how I'm supposed to review this one. I know I enjoyed reading it though it depressed me and made me angry at times at the violence and cruelty people show to animals.
That I just can't stand.

As for the writing. it was addictive. I didn't think I'd enjoy a book with Buck being the narrative but it was really fascinating. Reading about how Buck changed from being a civilized and naive dog to a wild and cunning wolf was a great experience.

“Old longings nomadic leap,
Chafing at
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Did I like this book?
Not really, no!

Do I regret reading it?
No, this is one of those books that you simply cannot not read!

So why didn't I like this book?
Honestly, I can't put my finger on it. Normally I should've loved this book. I love doggos. I love classics. And I enjoy these types of books. But for some mysterious reason The Call of the Wild did not work for me. Buck was a great doggo and I loved the way Jack London wrote from a dog's POV without making it too far-fetched. I mean Buck was a
Apr 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Call of the Wild by Jack London was a book about a domesticated dog returning to the wild. I enjoyed it. I don’t remember reading as a child. It is a great book for all ages but geared more towards children. Basically shows how human pride and money tried to overtake nature but cannot win
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not sure why I've never read this one, but picking it up now, I was worried about the potential to be broken hearted.

Buck is kidnapped from his comfy farm life with the judge and is thrown on a train. He finds himself enslaved with some terrible men until he ends up sold to the government as part of a courier service in Alaska. He quickly has to learn to adapt to the harsh environment and the pecking order between the existing dogs. He barely gets anything to eat and is constantly abused into su
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Re-read with a buddy!

Back in the day... like when I was a kid, I read this and enjoyed the whole concept of a novel written from the PoV of a dog, but oddly, I read Cujo before this.

The results?

A skewed perspective. :) I love dogs and love the whole idea that London UNDERSTOOD them... but since then? I have the sneaking suspicion we're not even talking about dogs so much as the desire to run away from Victorian civilization.

Why was this so popular back in the day? Because everyone was sick of
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a cruel and sad story. I didn't know where I got myself into when I started this book, thought it was just a book about a dog. If you are sensitive about animal cruelty this might not be the book for you. Human beings can be so cruel. However, I loved the adventure in this story. This book could have been longer in pages, sometimes it felt rushed. Still, it gets 4 points and a must read in life.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am do
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, audiobooks
If my dog could read, he would never shut up about how great this book is.

"The Call of the Wild" is the story of Buck, a beautiful and powerful dog who was stolen from his comfy home in California and forced to become a sled dog in Alaska. Buck starts to shed his civilized ways and learns how to survive in the wild. He is noble and fierce, and eventually becomes a leader of the pack.

As I said, my dog would love this book. My 10-year-old nephew would love this book. It's a classic adventure story
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John Griffith London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.
His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White

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