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White Fang by Jack London
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May 26, 2012

really liked it

This book starts out in the Canadian wilderness. Two men, Bill and Henry, are taking a body through to woods to be buried back in the lower 48. On the way however, they are stalked by wolves ravished by famine. All but two of their dogs and Henry are left by the end of the ordeal. Leading the wolf pack is a she-wolf. When the famine begins to break, she and a mate break off from the pack and find a place to den while she has a litter. Later in the book there is another famine, and only one puppy, White Fang, is left. He eventually becomes strong and wise in his early months of life. Soon, the she-wolf and White Fang are caught in an Indian camp, where the she-wolf once lived as one of the Indians dogs. White Fang is eventually sold to a brutal man named Beauty Smith over some whisky. Beauty Smith tortures White Fang, who becomes vicious and untrusting. In the possession of Smith, White Fang is forced to fight other dogs. He is the top dog fighter around, until one day a bull dog, which White Fang has never fought before, is put in the ring. When White Fang is on the brink of death, a man named Scott saves him from the fight. In the end, after much trial and error, White Fang learns to love again, and even saves Judge Scott, the father of Scott, from an escaped convict intended on killing the judge who convicted him.
The Disney version of White Fang is much different from the book. There are entire segments that are left out. The entire section of the two men in the woods is different from the book. Of course, there are the cheesy Disney action scenes that have to be included in the movie. At one point, some men follow Scott to his gold claim after seeing how much gold he collected. A shootout follows, of course. Also worth mentioning, White Fang was found alone after his mother had been shot by hunters, which is completely different from the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. However, I would recommend an age group that can handle some gory, bloody scenes and the talk of whisky and dog fighting. The plot was always interesting and grabbed the attention of the reader. The book continues on into "The Call of the Wild," with Buch as one of White Fang's offspring.

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