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The Call of the Wild/White Fang

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The Call of the Wild
Buck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit…

First published in 1903,
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by Ann Arbor Media (first published 1906)
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Dec 10, 2015 Corinne rated it really liked it
I've read a good number of books with protagonists as dogs, but only in these two books I can really see the world from a dog's point of view.

True, the stories are violent, but that goes with the setup of the north. But the details are so realistic, and growth so credible. I really had the impression of traveling to that northland, and living with these dogs, day by day.

For both these stories, the ends are expansive and inspirational. They left my heart rich yet light!
Mar 02, 2016 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure stories, and of stories about animals
Shelves: classics
Note, March 2, 2016: I've just edited this review to insert spoiler tags (which didn't exist when I originally wrote it) in a couple of places.

(Note, March 5, 2014: I posted this review a few years ago, but in reading over it just now, I realized I needed to correct a typo.)

Actually, I read these two novels in different editions than this omnibus volume. And, while I read White Fang sometime in the 90s, I'd already read The Call of the Wild in high school.

London is one of my favorite authors --d
Sundeep Supertramp
Jul 21, 2013 Sundeep Supertramp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kind
I neither read the sypnosis nor did I have any idea about both the stories. Actually, I was provoked read them because of the special interest of Christopher McCandless in Jack London's tales.

Christopher is someone I admire alot (to know who he is read Into the Wild). He admired Jack London and his work very much. Christopher was a outdoor guy, a tramp. So I was expecting these stories to be some kind of adventure stories. But I was wrong.

This is a finest book, I've read on dogs/wolves. Personal
Aug 08, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, wolf
Picked it up when I was on a shopping spree, I knew it was probably about dogs and wolves, but apart from that I didn't knew what to expect.
So, I just started reading and let the book surprise me.

I started with White Fang which, apart from some focus switches in the beginning, I ended up really liking. It was fast-paced action from the beginning to the end, I just couldn't put the book down. There is a healthy dose of violence, but it's far from over-the-top. Instead, it really adds something to
Claire Olson
Are you special? Well of course you are! You are built up from your trials and pain. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Like White Fang, you are here for a purpose. Someday you'll realize what the purpose is.
White Fang by Jack London is an amazing story about a half-wolf, half-dog that goes through many struggles and truly learns about himself. He goes on a captivating journey of courage and strength; life. It also follows a team of sled dogs led by a man named Henry. It tells of their j
When White Fang meets Weedon Scott - it is good. Up until then it is so violent, dark, sad. It was more difficult to read than I expected but John Seelye's Introduction helped me understand London's meaning for it and so have a better respect for it as a classic.

This edition has the two stories of course - my 10 year old and I started reading The Call of the Wild together but it was too much for him - too violent, that much he could make out because the language is so old even I found it confusi
Amanda Coak
Apr 08, 2016 Amanda Coak rated it it was ok
Jack London has never "called" to me (harhar) but I decided I would give this book a chance when a student handed it to me and asked if I would read it. I read Call of the Wild first and White Fang second. I'm going to review each separately.

Call of the Wild: 1 star

I really, really disliked this book. It's not that it's a bad story or even that it's poorly written. What it comes down to is this: I don't like sad animal stories where dogs are beaten and abused. It's too awful for me to read about
Mikal O'Boyle
Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang are two very dense and detailed stories. There is no doubt that London has a very strong connection to dogs, and his ability to describe how natural instincts separate them from humans is remarkable. I found that with both stories there were strong similarities such as heart wrenching treatments that the dogs both endured, but there were slight differences as well, though Buck was a pure dog and White Fang was half wolf. Considering that I am a dog o ...more
Cliff Harrison
May 29, 2015 Cliff Harrison rated it it was amazing

I purchased and read separate books, but I'll write one summary here.

Jack London was another one of those great writers who died too young, at only age 40. Born John Griffith Chaney, writer of Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf and numerous other works. He was burdened by illnesses and disease, and like Ernest Hemingway, some suspected he committed suicide because he was taking heavy dozes of morphine for his pain and he, like Hemingway, was a heavy drinker, so an accidental or delib
Mar 13, 2009 Camille rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-crovitz-class
Last summer, I read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. I found Christopher McCandless’s fascination with Jack London to be interesting, but it was hard for me to fully understand where McCandless was coming from, having never read London’s works. I also have a deep respect for animals and a disgust at their ill-treatment at the hands of human beings. For those two reasons, I chose to read The Call of the Wild for my Literature class.

The cover of the book captivated me. I enjoyed studying the picture
Feb 13, 2016 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book actually contains TWO Jack London stories. First is...

White Fang

It's riveting. London writes with an amazing ability to stay completely in the present. This leaves the reader scrabbling to figure out what will come next, but there is no sneaky planting of clues or leading you along. You just take each bite of the text and rush to gulp down the next so you can make sense of it all. This places us in the same position as the protagonist, White Fang. The key distinction between man and an
Aug 11, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
These were much, much better than I, a non-dog, non-cold-places person had anticipated. They are certainly not twee anthropomorphic animal stories, nor are they man looking at dog and describing his lot. Like Black Beauty they are told from the point of view of the animal but in the third person. However, these animals remain far more wolf and dog : they live in and respond to their environment, but do not question why it is as it is. I found this very powerful and felt London had got much close ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Cecilia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, classics
The Call of the Wild
(Because I don't like some of the ending!)

White Fang
(At first, I can't be immersed in story... And I don't like London's several ideas.
But in the end, story was good and rewarding)


My Quotes from The Call of the Wild and White Fang (Jack London)

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
Aug 01, 2015 Effy rated it it was ok
Call of the Wild was alright. It wasn't too long, and it was interesting enough. If you had to pick a book for high school English or something I'd tell you this one's not so bad.

But White It started out really good. The book is divided into five parts, and I didn't want to put it down for the first one. Then the second part it starts to get really long-winded and repetitive. That gets worse in the rest of the book, with all the stuff about men being gods and their will being law. An
Sep 28, 2015 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is undeniable that Jack London knows his topic, and this novel was a great change of pace for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these tales of dogs / wolves, and also seeming the humanity juxtaposed with it. For me, it is hard to say which I liked more. I lean toward White Fang. The Call of The Wild moved at a bit more frenetic pace, sometimes too quickly, and I can see why White Fang is called the companion novel as they touch on many of the same themes, but White Fang definitely got deeper i ...more
This review related to the first story in this book, The Call of the Wild.

London tells us a yarn in the good ol’ fashioned Boys Own style with The Call of the Wild. And that's how it was read to me many years ago by my father, without any knowledge of London's communism. So we follow the interior life of a dog named Buck, from an unduly civilized Lord of his Domain dog, into a near-mythical creature of the wild, a kind of spirit animal. And there’s more to it if we want to listen.

‘Deep in the fo
May 14, 2016 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal and/or nature lovers.
Shelves: i-own, fantasy
Being my first foray in reading Jack London, I have to say I was impressed with both The Call of the Wild and White Fang. One can really see that Jack London had a passion for nature as well as animals, and his abilities to observe and interpret those things are evident in his writing.

The thing that struck me most about reading The Call of the Wild and White Fang in one collection was how much the stories parallel each other. The Call of the Wild begins with Buck, a "soft Southland dog," who is
Jan 10, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic and a great read!!! I read it long time ago as a child and in Russian. Reading it this time, as an adult, makes these stories more meaningful and thought provoking.
It saddens me that these days kids/teens read abridged versions of this classic.

These are two stories of apposing journeys.
As Buck (a dog) reverts to his wild nature and answers the Call of The Will, so does White Fang (3/4 wolf) finds the companionship of humans irresistible.

An interesting part of the narrative, for me, was
Nov 23, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Call of the Wild a while ago and recently finished White Fang, so this review will be geared towards White Fang.

To start, I did enjoy the book despite my adamant belief that it should probably be at most half of its current length.

London was an incredibly gifted writer, but damn did he feel the need to drill over and over again his points. After about 50 pages, I understood that White Fang was a wild animal. There was no need to carry on and on and on about how he is a wild animal an
Dec 24, 2012 Elisa rated it really liked it
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Jul 26, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Call of the Wild gets 4 stars. It was a great, powerful read and I love the perspective and writing used. Jack London was an amazing author. This story was just as good as I remembered it when I read it in Elementary school. It really pulled at my heartstrings.

White Fang gets 5 stars. So all in all my review is a 4.5 stars. I love, love, love this book. White Fang really stood out in my brain from the books I read as a child. I understand it more, now that I reread it and I am so glad I did.
Jonkers Jonkers
Jun 25, 2016 Jonkers Jonkers rated it it was ok
I enjoyed The Call of the Wild but felt that White Fang was too similar and became repetitive. By the end, I just wanted to finish it. When I started it, I really thought I was going to enjoy it, but for me it didn't maintain its grip.
Aug 27, 2015 Alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for school. I though it was very hard to read because of how they talk and a bit confusing on what's happening but once everything makes sense it's a good book!!
Mar 10, 2016 Sarwat rated it it was amazing
One of the books that tug at the wildness residing in your heart. Both the stories were so heart-touching, at times it's almost as if one wasn't reading about animals, but watching the transformation of man himself. In 'The Call of the Wild' is a transformation of a dog who sheds the veneers of civilization and, under the harshness of the Arctic, turns to his true wolf-calling. 'White Fang' is the opposite, a wolf who, after facing oppression and abuse from man and nature, is finally tamed into ...more
Joseph Fountain
This review is for Call of the Wild only (not White Fang)

Never was there such a dog. ~ John Thornton regarding Buck

This is the second time I’ve read The Call of the Wild. It is the third person narrative of Buck, a four year old half-breed St. Bernard and Scotch Shepherd. It is sort of a canine coming of age tale (bigdogsroman perhaps?) or Buck’s journey from being a comfortable domestic pet, to becoming a free and dangerous beast of the wild.

My full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimeque
Carissa Anne
The beginning of The Call of the Wild was nothing more than a glorified tale of animal abuse. As a vegetarian and animal lover, my stomach was in constant turmoil in response to the horrid deaths and terrible whipping and clubbing endured by these creatures. For that reason alone, I won't read White Fang, as I have heard it is more of the same. I give this one star for an interesting dog's point of view, one for the beautiful scenery and realistic interaction between the animals, and one for eve ...more
Scott Schmidt
Mar 14, 2016 Scott Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great re-reading Call of the Wild after so many years. Just a fantastic piece of American literature. This was the first time I'd read White Fang, though and while I enjoyed it, it reads a little too much like a companion piece for me, especially given where the wolf finds himself at the end of the tale. Still, it has some aspects unique to it and is worth the read.
Jess K
Jun 16, 2016 Jess K rated it it was amazing
I read this for the first time when I was seven years old. I think I found it in a school library -- my memory's a little hazy, but I certainly remember the cover: an eager husky-type dog straining at his traces, the sky a midnight arc above, paws churning snow into white flurry.

I was an introverted kid, and the endless loneliness of the Yukon appealed to me. As did the idea of a feral, proud dog stalking at my side, ready to defend me from anything or anyone that might seek to harm me. It was
John Cronin
May 05, 2014 John Cronin rated it it was amazing
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The Call of the WIld
Buck, the dog, seems like the loyal friend who would be nice to his owners, but not to anyone else. "But when the ends of the rope were placed in the stranger's hands, he growled menacingly." (London Pg 7) Since he is taken from his home, he may not find someone he knew again.

From the first few pages, I predict that his hostility towards strangers in Alaska may change. He did eventually know, "...that he stood no chance against a man with a clu
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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.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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“Görünürde hiçbir değişiklik olmadığı, her şeyin tekdüze yaşandığı günlerde Buck, havanın yavaş yavaş soğuduğunu hissediyordu. Bir sabah geminin pervanesi durdu ve heyecanlı bir hareketlilik başladı. Buck ve diğer köpekler gemideki bu hareketliliğin farkına vardılar. Ne olduğunu anlamaya çalışırken, François geldi, hepsinin boynuna birer ip bağladı, onları güverteye çıkardı. Buck adımını atınca, çamura basmış gibi oldu. Hırlayarak ayağını geri çekti. Yerdeki bu beyaz çamur gökyüzünden dökülüyordu. Buck, anlam vermeye çalışarak başını indirip kokladı, sonra yaladı, dilinde önce soğuk, ardından yakıcı bir etki bırakı ve hemen suya dönüştü. Ne olduğunu bir türlü anlayamadı. Birkaç kez aynı şeyi yaptı. Çevreden izleyenler bu haline çok güldüler; Buck neden güldüklerini anlamadı ve utandı. O gün hayatı boyunca ilk kez kar gördü.” 2 likes
“whole realm was his. He plunged into the swimming tank or went hunting with the Judge's sons; he escorted Mollie and Alice, the Judge's daughters, on long twilight or early morning rambles; on wintry nights he lay at the Judge's feet before the roaring library fire; he carried the Judge's grandsons on his back, or rolled them in the grass, and guarded their footsteps through wild adventures down to the fountain in the stable yard, and even beyond, where the paddocks were, and the berry patches. Among the terriers he stalked imperiously, and Toots and Ysabel he utterly ignored, for he was king,—king over all creeping, crawling, flying things of Judge Miller's” 0 likes
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