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The Call of the Wild/White Fang

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  72,713 ratings  ·  639 reviews
"The Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck, a domestic dog who is kidnapped from his home in California and forced to pull sleds in the Arctic wasteland. White Fang, by contrast, is the tale of a crossbreed who is three-quarters wolf and a quarter dog, and who must endure considerable suffering in the wilderness before being tamed by an American and taken to live in ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by Ann Arbor Media (first published 1903)
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Rebecca The stories aren't directly connected, and don't share the same locations or characters, so you can read them in whichever order. However, "The Call…moreThe stories aren't directly connected, and don't share the same locations or characters, so you can read them in whichever order. However, "The Call of the Wild" is the slightly older story and "White Fang" is both an inversion and expansion of it (and, according to the author - which I do agree with - the better story); so it might be a more satisfying reading experience to do them in that order. On the other hand, the editor of your edition presumably had their reasons for putting them in that order, so that way must work well too! Really, the important thing is that knowledge of either one is not important to understand and enjoy the other.(less)
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Matt
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars for both The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London.

The Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck who is dognapped and is put into a dog sled team in Alaska, and then later has to learn the ways of the wild. It is a very entertaining short story.

White Fang digs a bit deeper than the The Call of the Wild. It had a deeply theological and religious theme throughout. White Fang is a wolf, born in the wild that has to learn faith in humans early in his life, then his faith is
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Corinne
Nov 30, 2015 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!
Werner
Feb 13, 2008 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
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
I really enjoyed these two tales (four and a half stars) One a journey from civilization to the wild, the other a journey from the wild to civilization (the way someone before WWI might think of such things). In fact, I think London has a deep experience of things. I rate this highly but hold back from five stars and for the reason that he never escaped wholely the assumptions of his time probably a crime we all are prone but some of his assumptions about nature and civilization are tinged with ...more
Sundeep Supertramp
Aug 10, 2011 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.
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Camille
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-crovitz-class
Last summer, I read Jon Krakauers Into the Wild. I found Christopher McCandlesss fascination with Jack London to be interesting, but it was hard for me to fully understand where McCandless was coming from, having never read Londons 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 of
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Barakiel
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Call of the Wild - 5/5

Pros:
1. Interesting characters, from Buck (the shepherd x St Bernard), to Sol-leks (the half blind sled dog), to Perrault (the Frenchman), to Mercedes and John Thornton.
2. An vivid depiction of the gold rush in Northern North America which led to the need for sled-dogs
3. The author goes into the brutality of that time, in man and beast
4. Emotional moments
5. The writing is tight, with few words wasted

Cons:
1. None that I can think of. Probably just that it was too short.
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Avery (ThePagemaster)
3.5 out of 5 Stars

I think I liked Call of the Wild a little more than White Fang, but both are very great stories. I don't think I've ever read a book or story from the perspective of a wolf or dog, and Jack London captured the spirit of the wolf very well. It was also a book that captured the environment and showed just as much importance as the wolves themselves.
Thom
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Call of the Wild is a good story, though violent at the start. White Fang is violent through most of it, and ends up with an okay story. Both have much analysis and themes, but really both are about survival.

Pretty sure I read Call when younger, didn't read Fang. This renewed reading confirms my hunch - both of these stories would be unfilmable for a modern audience. Way too much violence against animals. That is a large reason why White Fang is so difficult to read for more than half the
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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
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Marc
Aug 08, 2011 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
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Crystal
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
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Tim Rees
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
It's been many years since I read this novel, but I can recall every sentence, well, almost... If you love animals, you'll enjoy this book, except in parts where cruelty is explicit, but not gratuitous as the reader need s to understand White Fangs life. If you romanticise about wandering in a wild dangerous environment, then Jack London paints the landscape perfectly. This is a novel that will leave a taste in your mouth, and so it should. The only reason I have only given the book three stars ...more
Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}
White Fang & The Call of the Wild

White Fang is a novel written by American author Jack London (18761916) about the books main character, a wild wolf-dog called White Fang. It was first published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang's journey to from the cruel wilderness to eventual domestication.

"White Fang is part dog and part wolf, and the lone survivor of his family. In his
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Cliff Harrison
May 28, 2015 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
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Isabel
Jan 01, 2012 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
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Dark-Draco
It took me a while to decide whether to mark this as a 'favourite' read and so give it top marks - the reason being that the book does include a lot of animal cruelty and to say I 'enjoyed' reading this is not true. However, this isn't what the book is about and the author uses the cruelty to highlight his message, to show how and why the dogs in both his stories act like they do, and to show how they can be redeemed, despite man's worst attempts.

'White Fang' tells the story of a half wolf, half
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✨Sumi's Books✨
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A black beauty in dog form. 🐺
Buck is a dog that was sold from his serene California home to become a sled dog. After insurmountable odds and countless tragedies, Buck finally learns to become one with his wild side in Call of the Wild.
White Fang takes us on a journey with the half sled dog half wolf dog pup who shares the same name as the book. After being sold in order to save an Indian village he becomes a fighting dog who is later saved by a kindly Sheriff that teaches him to trust man again.
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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 ...more
Catherine
Aug 11, 2009 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 ...more
Jisun Lee
Although I liked White Fang much much much more than The Call of the Wild, I thought both stories were fantastic. I had never heard of Jack London before and my sister recommended this book to me, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading through its 303 pages.

But both of the stories were upsetting, especially The Call of the Whild. I read a few pages in and then stopped because it was too unsettling for me. So I read White Fang and then I gave The Call of the Wild another try and
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Katrice
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These were two of my favorite "classical" books growing up and I can say they both definately stand the test of time. Now that am older and also have read them both back to back just want to say I really kind of found it interesting how these two books were actually kind of bookends for one another. Buck goes from domesticated to wild, and White Fang goes from wild to domesticated. Nice exploration of contrasting and similar themes.
Thomas Barron
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read, full of action and adventure, as an ordinary house dog, Buck, is stolen and must fight for survival in the harsh wilderness. Soon, he meets his future pack and he moves up the rankings until he's the top dog. Will he survive the endless winter on the ice?
Mark Gonzalez
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wattt
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-0920
So, I only read White Fang, since I've already read Call of the Wild. Just wanted to make that clear since this edition was both of those books.

White Fang was the story of a doggish wolf and all the shit he has to deal with. It basically chronicles his mental state throughout his life, as relating to whatever is happening to him. In that way, it's really quite good, and no one knows how to talk about the deep-spirits of canines like Jack London.

In comparison to Call of the Wild, I'd say it's not
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Naiem
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fantastic. White Fang's story was way more interesting than Buck's story. I hate the way the humans were so cruel to the wolves and dogs by beating them with their own hands and clubs and whips! This book is very nice because we get to see the perspective of a dogs life. Buck was a very lazy and fat dog that lived in the Sunny place of US, until he got kidnapped and brought to the North Land. They used to beat him with clubs and the other dogs would ...more
Hayley
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Of The Wild ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book has so much atmosphere, imagery and emotion. It has a fast paced narrative that often had me holding my breath in either hope or despair.

People and dogs are pitted against the harsh elements, each other and the environment in which they live.

After reading this book I understand the title Call Of The Wild. It is used to describe Bucks calling to the past where he is drawn deeper and deeper to his predecessors. He transforms from family pet to a dog in the wild
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Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
You can read my full review of The Call Of The Wild on Keeping Up With The Penguins.

Ill say this right at the outset: do not go into this book thinking its a heart-warming tale about a puppy who goes camping. Every page has dogs attacking humans, humans attacking dogs, dogs attacking each other wahhhh! I know there are a lot of clever metaphors and allegories buried in the story, but thats no comfort to a dog-lover. Thankfully its very short!

Ive got a pretty strong stomach, on the whole, but my
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Chris Wilson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the commitments I've made this year is to try and read more books that have stood the test of time rather than defaulting to the flavor of the month new release. It took some time to work through but I'm glad I read these classics novels. Jack London has a sharp command of the English language and uses it deftly to paint the vast, unforgiving landscape of the Northland.

The Call of the Wild & White Fang both told from a dogs perspective are merciless and stark tales of survival at any
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Johanna
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The Call of the Wild and White Fang are two tales of brutality, survival, and interdependence that take place in Alaska. Londons writing is largely influenced by a hazardous winter that he survived in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Both Call of the Wild and White Fang demonstrate the struggle for survival and echo Darwins sentiments that only the strongest survive and go onto reproduce. Both novels also feature canines that are forced to adapt to their surroundings and bend to their ...more
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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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“Life streamed through him in splendid flood, glad and rampant, until it seemed that it would burst him asunder in sheer ecstasy and pour forth generously over the world.” 7 likes
“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
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