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White Fang by Jack London
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Jan 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, heartbreakers, you-are-my-love
Read from January 17 to 18, 2012

I used to haaate reading books from an animal's point of view. But with maturity comes appreciation for the possibility of a different way of living, and though humans are animals too, nothing seems so alien as a different species perspective. That being said, I think White Fang is the uncanniest depiction of an animal brain that I've read. It has none of the personified sentimentality that can make these stories maudlin. If there is a nest of baby birds within reach, White Fang will eat them. Wings will be torn, throats will be bled out. It will be disgusting. But it is most definitely a wolf's world.

My parents read Cesar Milan's books with great interest, trying to figure out how the brain of their brat of a terrier might work. As it turns out they should really be reading Jack London. I am giving both of them this book for Christmas. (They will hate it though, because of the dog fighting. I hated that part too.)
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message 3: by Snotchocheez (new)

Snotchocheez Interesting you reading this at the same time I'm reading "I Am A Cat". So far in that book, no blood is spilt, though.


rachel We will be experts in animal ways -- together!


message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam This + your recent read of The Name of the Star = A Night in the Lonesome October (Jack the Ripper from the point of view of his dog).


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