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White Fang is part dog and part wolf, and the lone survivor of his family. In his lonely world, he soon learns to follow the harsh law of the North--kill or be killed. But nothing in White Fang's life can prepare him for the cruel owner who turns him into a vicious killer. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master?
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1906)
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Karis I have my high schoolers read this. But I also make it a point to discuss the overt racism, the lack of true-to-life information (about wolves and Nat…moreI have my high schoolers read this. But I also make it a point to discuss the overt racism, the lack of true-to-life information (about wolves and Natives), and the inverse parallel structure between this book and "The Call of the Wild." It does get a bit graphic with the dog fights, but my students haven't seemed to mind that. I will agree that it's not technically a YA novel - there's nothing in the book to make it fall under that category - but it is appropriate to read at the middle-high school level, as long as the issues listed above are not ignored.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
White Fang, Jack London

White Fang is a novel by American author Jack London (1876–1916) — and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was 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 domestication.

It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a
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Miranda Reads
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”
The wolfdog known as White Fang has had a difficult life.

Cruel companions, cruel owners and a cruel world shaped him into what he is - violent, distrustful and aching for something he knows not.

When he finally stumbles into the hands of a kind master, he is completely thrown.

The world as he knows it is bleak and cold but the new
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Henry Avila
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can an animal part wolf, part dog, be rehabilitated and become a domestic pet? The exact opposite of, another Jack London novel, The Call of the Wild. So the premise is, in White Fang. A runaway former Indian bred she- wolf, Kiche, along with forty odd others, in a wolf pack, are following three men on a dog sled, two still alive. Famine grips the territory in the Yukon, during the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada, just before the start of the Twentieth Century . The wild animals are starving, literal ...more
Lyn
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
White Fang, Jack London’s 1906 companion (and thematic mirror) story to his classic The Call of the Wild begins with an archetypal London setting, a scene of desperate survival in a harsh, cruel environment.

Following the growth of a hybrid wolf-dog as he grows and fights and survives in the frozen north, White Fang embodies and demonstrates many of the common themes of London’s work such as survival of the fittest, isolation from society, and a primitive naturalism.

In the spirit of Joseph Conr
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Debra
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I am one of the few who did not have this book as required reading in school.

White Fang chronicles the harsh realities of life. When this book begins, two men and trying to bring back the body of a third using their dog sled team. There has been a lack of food and night by night one of their dogs go missing. Finally, they see the culprit - a she wolf who is luring their dogs away. Food is scarce, and she is part of a wolf pack trying to survive. Soon the men are being hunted by the wolve
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Lynne King
I was reminded of Diana, the Huntress with her lop-eared hounds driving her chariot and her nymphs as her hunting companions when I read this book. And it is as that Goddess that I accompanied the wolf White Fang (the only survivor out of a litter of five puppies), on his incredible journey through life. I was the hidden onlooker basking in all the trials and tribulations that overcame him, be it through periods of famine, extreme brutality by human beings, his necessity and desire to hunt and t ...more
Sara
I know why I loved this as a kid. It is a raw adventure, with a natural charm, and the idea of a wild wolf-dog that is tamed by one man’s kindness would have been irresistible to my nine year old self. Even as an adult, it reads like a heroic tale, as White Fang fights his way through life’s difficulties, like Odysseus trying to find his way home. There can be little doubt that Jack London understood the nature of a wild animal and the dangerous life in the Northern climes.

The descriptive power
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Trish
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second book by Jack London. As a kid, I watched Disney's movie with Ethan Hawke and loved every second of it. The majesty of the nature scenes, the thrilling albeit tragic life of the wolf (the German title of the story is "Wolf's Blood").
Since I keep working my way through a wide range of classics, Jack London was not to be missed and his books were really perfect for winter (incidentally, the weather got really icy every time I picked one of them up).

We follow a she-wolf as she chooses a m
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Fabian {Councillor}
I can still remember the day I received the hardcover edition of this novel as a christmas present by my grandmother four or five years ago. At a time when I was still recuperating from the classics thrown at us in school with the pure result of me feeling disgusted by everything which has been published more than one hundred years ago, I decided White Fang to be a piece of literature I'd better not pick up. And so it rested on my book shelf for more than three years before I brought myself to o ...more
Ron
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-legs, 2020, classics
I first read White Fang around the age of eleven or twelve. I think that's about right, but I'm not exactly certain. I do know that I read it soon after finishing London's other famous novel, The Call of the Wild. That first book, about a dog who's stolen and put into a life of hardship, would have been my favorite of the two at the time. It remains so, but the gap between them is not so wide now. What I don't recall realizing as a kid was how these two books, one about a dog, the other about a ...more
Loretta
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I did enjoy White Fang, I did not enjoy it as much as The Call of the Wild. Glad I finally read it though! ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my all time favorite books. Hard at times, bloody, but if you love the outdoors, and dogs, try it.



****The above was my original "minimalist" review of this book.****

Actually the book doesn't require much of a review beyond, "great book". However as a friend here noted she's just reading it my mind was drawn back to it.

As noted below I grew up on a small farm and didn't have access to a lot of novels. I had 4 my parents had given me as gifts over time and our school had a small library. T
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Chrissie
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I just finished this and the ending is very, very cute. It bowls you over to such an extent that it feels necessary to calm down and think clearly. I love the ending because it is sweet and definitely overdone and exaggerated and sentimental. You see, because the ending is so sweet and because the earlier sections have been so heartrending, you do not want to think logically. It is nice to just let your heart overflow with happiness. There is even a touch of humor thrown in at the end.

I don't kn
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Paul Falk
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was in high school, this book was required reading. It was one of the first books that I could not put down - a timeless classic.
Werner
Apr 01, 2020 added it
Although I read The Call of the Wild and White Fang separately, I reviewed them together, because I felt that they're closely related novels that need to be discussed in comparison/contrast with each other. That review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... . ...more
Wanda
***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***

Well, Jack London got to have his cake and eat it too, didn’t he? White Fang is like the mirror image of The Call of the Wild. While The Call of the Wild was about a domestic dog going wild, White Fang is the tale of a (predominately) wolf becoming domesticated.

It’s a very sentimental story, structured to get us to identify with the animal. The structure sets us up to view Gray Beaver as fair but unloving, to see Beauty Smith as hateful, and
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Jemima Pett
May 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I opened my ancient copy of this book with the excitement of reading an old friend. I know I originally read it when I was about 12 or 14. I would not recommend it to anyone under 14 now, and definitely not to anyone with the slightest tendency towards cruelty or bullying. On this reading I was alternately horrified by the beatings meted out to White Fang and other animals (and their justification), and discomforted by the discourse Jack London creates about the intentions, understandings and in ...more
Aqsa (On Hiatus)
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm way more than content with the ending. I believe I love this book even more than "The Call of the Wild". They're both quite opposite really and all too different too. This book is about White Fang-the wolf dog who only knew the wild until he ventured upon an Indian Camp. We see him grow and accept the various laws of nature and laws of men he learns. We see true wildness and we see it softened only by love. I hoped it won't end like his other book and was glad to have the end that I kinda ho ...more
Alan Cotterell
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, ib
This was a re read after a very long break since secondary school, when this was required reading.

I have to say i don't think it has lost any of its magic.
Anuradha
Many years ago, as a young girl, during one of my gaming phases, I remember playing Age of Empires II. And I remember how the Aztecs, during their halcyon days succumbed to the power of the Spanish Conquistadors, merely because they thought them Gods. Gods who carried guns and firepower. Gods who wore armour. Gods that they sacrificed people to pacify. Gods that ultimately caused their destruction. And no, I'm not giving a history lesson; I'm trying to give an analogy. White Fang, a wolf-dog cro ...more
Jayanth
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! There was so much intense action and emotion in this book that reading it was exhilarating for the most part of it. The story is constructed very well, the simple and slick writing doing its part in making the book a joy to read. The initial build-up to the actual story, the story of White Fang, a wolf-dog, was amazing. I felt immersed in the world the author so wonderfully created.

This story mixes in a lot of dialogue and arguments that we generally come across when there is a discus
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Neha
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
White Fang is half dog and half wolf. Growing up in the Yukon territory of Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush, he learned the law of the Wild at an early age: kill, or be killed, eat, or be eaten. Separated from his mother and traded from master to master, White Fang never grasped the concept of love, and violence was all that he knew. Having no teacher, he learned the rules of survival by experience. Then, a cruel man buys White Fang and turns him into a pit dog forced to fight for money. Wit ...more
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Mar 29, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2020
Thanks to Audible for making this title free. You guys are doing a truly remarkable thing. Not just for the kids, but for everyone.

Hey everyone! I know I was gone for a long time, but life has been so busy before quarantine - and I was in a reading slump. But now I've stocked up (not hoarded) on eye drops and some tea, and I'm ready to read a book a day. Today, the 3rd day of quarantine in South Africa, but the first day in my reading journey in such troubled times.

My goal is to read/listen to a
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Jade
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
not to treat animals,earth humans or anything
with disrespect. We are all equal.
Animals and pets don't choose thier owners, we
choose them.
Animals don't know if thier owner is mean, nice, neglctive, they get good owners out of luck.
David
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Indian traders, California judges, dog-lovers, three-wolf moons
I never read White Fang as a kid, but I would have liked it. While Jack London wasn't writing primarily for children, it's very much a Boy's Adventure sort of novel, especially nowadays, when Alaska is no longer quite the unimaginable alien wilderness it was in London's day, and wolves are mostly consigned to lurking at the borders of civilization, and regarded more with pity (when not being exterminated) than fear. So the story of this half-dog, half-wolf who started out as an Indian sled dog a ...more
Jeanne
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, classics
White Fang manages to be both charming and heavy-handed at the same time. Nature/nurture plays out in this novel, with this sweet part-wolf cub being abused by a series of "gods," as he calls them, and becoming vicious himself – until rescued by a kind and patient god, who rehabilitated White Fang. I'm not spoiling anything here, because if that's why you are considering reading White Fang, don't bother, there are better stories written using this narrative. (Name three...)

Nonetheless, White Fan
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I truly enjoyed this classic, we get to see the how a wolf lives, and perhaps what they say and do and act

London's writing is very different and unique, i loved how I could view the emotions pouring out of the page

We journey with White Fang from the very start, from his birth, his puppyhood, the cruelty he faced and the encounters with humans and dogs too
We even get a history of how his parents met and what they were like

With White Fang we do on a self discovery adventure, and it was a deligh
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Jareed
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading Jack London's White Fang was beyond any expectation. The manner by which he has so vividly written in an animal's point of view leads one to incredulous experiences and conclusions while wholly experiencing the enthralling story. I'm almost inclined to argue - with an implausible idea - that London is white fang himself experiencing firsthand all that he has written. This statement does not render absurdity but rather should be further taken as an evidence giving credence that London's W ...more
Mohsin Maqbool
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Penguin cover of "White Fang".

Jack London knows how brutal the weather and environment can be. He has lived in the Yukon (Canada) which has one of the harshest climates in the world. At times the cold can be unbearable even for those living here.
After finishing school at 14, Mr. London left for the Yukon where he caught fishes and seals to make a living. Later, on returning to Oakland, California he joined college but dropped out after six months. He then took to writing. He wrote articles an
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Katy
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Very short and London is a good writer, but his dog stories from the dog's point of view don't quite do it for me.
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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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