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"Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide- water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil, and furry coats to protect them from the frost."


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  • A Great Book About Dogs, Alaska and the Arctic
    I've lived in Alaska for over 40 years. Reading Jack London was the main catalyst
    for my wanderlust, for my original travels to the arctic. I had a boyfriend who
    recommended this book and who dreamed of traveling to Alaska. He never made
    it to the arctic but I did - and I stayed.

    This book is poignant, hopeful and sad - all in one. It is about a great dog named
    Buck and his resilience and love for his master, Thornton. Buck is tenacious, resil-
    ient and fearless in the face of abuse and adversity of all sorts. He is a great dog!
    I chuckled when Buck scared off 12 wolverines. Wolverines are considered the
    most ferocious of animals. If you run across a wolverine in Alaska, you pray or
    run or shoot.

    There was one little anachronism that bothered me. Jack London talks about
    crickets in Alaska but there are no crickets in the arctic. I miss crickets so I am
    sure about this fact!

    When I re-read this book recently, I remembered with nostalgia the very first
    time I read it as an adolescent and how it led me to my home in Fairbanks. This
    is a great book about the arctic, about a great dog, and a great book overall....more info
  • Call of the wild

    Eric Godsey

    Call of the Wild

    I read the book The Call of the Wild by Jack London. The author used a lot of emotional feelings in this story about a dog named Buck. He experiences a lot of feelings from beginning to end.

    One day Buck gets kidnapped from his owner. He felt very sad and confused. If I was kidnapped I would feel the same way as Buck did. Buck tried to escape from the kidnapers. The kidnapers saw him try to escape. Then they hit Buck with a club to make him obey. This made Buck feel very angry. He learned never to fight someone who has a club.

    The kidnappers sold Buck because they needed dogs for the gold rush in Canada. When he was sold, he was sold to people that took very good care of him. Buck trusted them. Buck felt more like a dog than a pet because he used his instincts to survive in the wild like digging a hole in the ground so he could sleep with warmth.

    Buck felt like a dog because he got to pull the sled with the other dogs, he became strong and muscular, braver and he was able to run fast. There was one dog that Buck did not like. His name was Spitz. Spitz had been attacking and biting Buck and the other sled dogs. Buck wanted to become the leader of the pack. One day Buck killed Spitz, in order not to be killed. Buck became the leader and the team worked as a group. Buck felt very confident at this time.

    The two owners of the dogs had to sell all of the dogs to some people that didn't know how to take care of them. The people that bought the dogs were not nice to Buck. Buck was always upset with them because they worked the dogs too hard and did not let them rest. They had hardly enough food for the dogs. They were very strict. Some of the team starved to death or were close to dying, even Buck. Buck felt he would die and was hopeless.

    One time the owners forced Buck and the rest of the dogs to pull the sled on thin ice. The sled weighed a lot. Buck refused to cross the ice and was beaten for this. John Thornton was a man that loved dogs and took good care of them. Thornton saved Buck from death. The rest of the team and the owners fell into the ice and died.

    Buck felt love for the first time in his life and would do anything to help John Thornton. One day Buck went out into the wild away from camp where John Thornton was because he heard a little call from the wild. When he was in the forest he killed a black bear blinded by mosquitoes. He felt very confident.
    When he went back to camp, he saw Indians. They had killed many of his best friends, including John Thornton. He felt very angry and depressed at the loss of John. I can't imagine how I would feel if that happened to me.

    When Buck killed the Indians, the wild wolves came to Buck. He remembered one call from the wild, a lone wolf he had become friends with. Buck decided to join the wolf pack. Buck felt peaceful because he had returned to the time of his ancestors.

    You can see by the range of feelings that happened in this story, that the author used great emotions in the text. If you read this book, I think you will be in Buck's "shoes" and experience the same emotions. ...more info
  • Call of The wild
    The title of this book, "Call of the Wild," by Jack London, shows how Buck straddles between two worlds, one as a domestic dog with the ability to be loved and trained, and the other as a primordial beast constantly having the instinct to return to his primitive ways. His journey takes him from being a pampered household pet to running with the wolf pack and surviving in a savage environment. Along the way he learns to fear some humans, to survive among savage dogs, and to love a master....more info
  • a gripping, compelling read
    This is a book about a sled dog's harsh survival in the frozen north. I had to read this for my english classes and i really enjoyed it. Basically, it's about a somewhat spoiled dog named Buck, who gets kidnapped and taken to the snowy wilderness of alaska during the klondike gold rush back in the 1800's, and it tells all about what he endured, how he was able to get much tougher than before and finally, how he meets a human he can really love, john thornton. I don't want to spoil the ending, so you'll have to read to find out what happens in the end! wil he make it back? or will he be willing to stay in the frozen north? it will have some parts where the dogs endure some pretty harsh challenges and cruel humans. you will love it...more info
  • Call of the Wild
    Call of the Wild is an awesome book. As I read it got more addictive and exciting. During the most exciting parts my heart would start pounding. As I kept reading to the end it started getting really emotional, so I stopped reading for a few days. After I got to the end I decided that it was such a good book and I should read it again.

    Call of the wild is about a dog named Buck that is a half breed (part St. Bernard part Shepherd). He lived in California with Judge Miller. Then, one day a person stole Buck and sold him so he could get money to support his family. So then Buck was sent to the Northland and very exciting things happen to him.

    Age: 14...more info

  • A novel for every child
    Jack London's remarkable saga of Buck's adventures in the Klondike during the days of the Gold Rush should be read by every child, especially any child in a family considering adding a pet to the family.
    Sharing the experience of the protagonist will instruct the reader and develop an understanding and love for man's best friend.
    Samuel L. Kalush, M.D....more info
  • A Great, Non-Stop Action Book!
    In this book, The Call of the Wild, there is non-stop action keeping the reader always want to continue. This book is filled with action, adventure, terror, and drama. It is taken place in 1903 in the state of California and in Alaska in the region of Klondike. Jack London puts you in the mind of a dog which makes this book different and more unique than many others. This dog is the main character and his name is Buck. He is half St. Bernard and half Scottish sheperd. In the beginning of the book, Buck lives with a judge and his children in his California home. Buck is a good-natured dog who loves to be around people. One day, Buck is kidnapped and shipped to Alaska where he is trained as a sled dog. He has two masters who he has faith in. Their names are Francois and Perrault. They are both French Canadians and know the land very well but, Buck realizes the many troubles in the Alaska and meets his main enemy, Spitz. Spitz is a vicious and brute tempered dog. Buck first despises Spitz when he and a pack of wolves killed a well-mannered dog, but is weak so Spitz decided to kill him. Buck never forgets the gruesome moments of this. In the middle of the book, Francois and Perrault disappear and Buck has two new leaders of the slay. They are Hal and Charles. Another member of there crew is Mercedes who's is Charles wife and Hal's sister. Buck has absolutely no faith in them by their actions. Buck grows hungry and looses his temper. Buck and Spitz have a malicious dogfight. How will fight for the rest of their life? This book is one of the best books I have read because of how well Jack London puts you in the head of a dog and puts you through a torturous time. Read The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

    David LA7

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  • Gripping story of survival
    London is a tremendously talented writer and his understanding of life matches his tremendous knowledge of the snow-enshrouded world of the upper latitudes. His writing is beautiful, poignant, and powerful, yet also somber, morose, and infinitely real. This isn't a story to read when you are depressed. Although The Call of the Wild is a short novel and on the surface a dog's story, it contains as much truth and reality of man's own struggles as that which can be sifted from the life's work of many other respected authors. The story he tells is stark and real, and as such, it is not pretty picture he paints, nor an elevating story he writes.

    As an animal lover, I found parts of this story heartbreaking from Buck's removal from the civilized Southland in which he reigned supreme among his animal kin to the brutal cold and even more brutal machinations of hard, weathered men who literally beat him and whipped him full of lashes. Even sadder are the stories of the dogs that fill the sled's traces around him. Good-spirited Curly never had a chance, while Dave's story is only made bearable because of his brave, undying spirit. Even Spitz, the harsh taskmaster, has to be pitied, despite his harsh nature, for the reader knows this harsh nature was forced upon him by man and his thirst for riches.

    Buck's travails are long and hard, but it is his nobility of his spirit that makes of him a hero, despite the primitive animal instincts and urges that dominate him. Buck not only conquers the weather, the harshness of the men, the other dogs and the wolves he comes into contact with, he thrives. Hopes for redemption with John Thornton are dashed in the end, and that's when Buck finally gives in fully to "the call of the wild," becoming a creature of nature only. While this is a sad ending, the reader also feels joy and satisfaction at Buck's refusal to surrender and his ability to find his own kind of happiness in the harsh world in which he is placed....more info
  • This book teaches so much...
    I read this book over and over as a child and after reading it again this past week, I see so much value in it. A story told from a dog's point of view, it teaches children empathy for animals and that value cannot be overrated. One might make the mistake of thinking that because it is written from the dog's POV, it is trite or's not. It is gritty and realistic, emphasizing how a man's character can often be revealed in the manner he treats animals.

    A rollicking adventure from start to finish, expect to cry and be overjoyed as you read. I would recommend that you read it before giving it to a child, just to make sure it is age appropriate for their developmental stage. ...more info
  • An absolute delight for all ages!
    I first read the "Call of the Wild" as a child, in fact it was the first book I read only because my fourth grade teacher gave us the task of giving a book report. I thank that teacher now for what I thought at the time was dreaded homework.
    Other reviewers have given you the basic story line but more importantly is the value this book gives. For me it actually sent me in a career direction.
    It's a masterpiece, not only telling the story of Buck the dog and his personal call to the wild but as people and the decisions, which confront us all. The young read will enjoy the story and the adult reader will see how the story line may parallel their own life. You will not regret this purchase! ENJOY!...more info
  • call of the wild
    Jack London has a very sophisticated style of writing. But the book is relatively predictable. the plot pulls you in and the book is hard to put down. Some of my favorites scenes are when Buck goes back to his primal instincts and sees the ape-man by the fire. The only negative feedback i have on this book is that Jack London is sort of racist agains Indians, the Yeehats are portrayed as the bad indians that killed everyone and then danced. But overall all i have is praise for the call of the wild. ...more info
  • The Call of the Wild
    I thought this book was very good. I felt the emotions of Buck very strongly. I would recommend this book for grades 5 and up....more info
  • Call of the Wild
    I first read this book in junior high, and when I read it again the brutality of this book made me realize how cruel life can be. I had forgotten much of it and I was somewhat surprised how cruel this book was. Jack London uses human emotions and characteristics as he writes of Buck, the loyal, strong dog that goes from a passive life in Cailfornia to the barreness of the Alaska gold rush.

    London's human characters are merely role players, cameos if you will, while the animals undergo a reverse evolutionary process from tranquil to ferocious beasts of the wild. In the end, the civilized dog, Buck, takes his rightful place at the head of a pack of wild wolves. Whether this is believable or not remains to the reader to decide, but London writes artfully and conviningly about his subject.

    London lived part of what he wrote about, so the fact of the gold rush towns and personalities are true, but his dogs achieve a superior role that may or may not be really possible. Nevertheless, this truly is a gripping story and, while it is aimed at a male audience, any reader who enjoys this type of book will be rewarded with a good story....more info
  • Call of the wild
    Can a lazy southern dog survive in the cold and brutal wilderness? Buck has to soon learn the harsh law of the north "kill or be killed," which is what most of "Call of the wild" is based on. Jack London describes in depth the horrible life Buck is soon to live.Buck has to quickly learn how to survive. The scary part about this is that this happens all around the world seperating bright, spunky families and turning them dull and boring. This was not what happened to Buck, who began to like the dry wind in his face, and running with his team mates. Buck, his master, and his master's friends went on a search North for gold in the 1800's. Buck explores the woods while he leaves his family at camp to dig bags and bags of gold. He finds arrows from indians through the sled dogs, and his masters friends. Will he find his master dead or alive? Read and find out. One can conclude that this is a outstanding book, everyone should read it, but there are some violent parts. The lesson that I learned is never lose hope and spirit. Buck never would have made it through without his spirit. I hope you read this great book!...more info
  • a classic
    This story has affected many and helped people care about how animals are treated, making humans less brutish...more info
  • The Call of the Wild is a Savage Glimpse of Nature Tooth and Nail through the eyes of a husky dog
    Jack London (1876-1916)was a man of the outdoors who wrote best about nature tooth and claw. In his great novel "The Call of the Wild" he tells one of the greatest dog stories ever written.
    Buck is a dog living on the California ranch of Judge Miller. He is kidnapped and shipped to the gold fields of Alaska in the 1890's. Buck was placed in a cage and beaten with savagery by a man in a red shirt in Seattle. Buck was sold to two French fur traders; fought and won a horrific battle to the death with their lead sled dog Spitz and sold to a Scottish half breed. Buck almost dies as he and the team have to travel near the Arctic Circle and Canada for over 3000 miles. The dogs are ill kept being cold, hungry and abused. Later Buck is sold to two brothers and a woman who do not know how to survive in the wild. They too abuse Buck.
    Buck is rescued when he stumbles into the cabin of the kindly John Thornton who restores him to health. Thornton is killed by Indians so Buck returns to the wild where he roams freely. Buck is a strong, independent dog who learns that only the strong survive in a cruel environment.
    Jack London penned the novel in 1903. He believed that in the world only those who are tough can survive against enemies. London's world is a harsh, cruel place. The story of Buck and later White Fang in another novel remind us of how difficult life can be in a merciless and hellish setting. The book also reminds us of the need to be kind to animals....more info
  • The Call of the Wild
    The Call of the Wild

    The book Call of the Wild is about this dog that got stolen from a wealthy family. Buck is the dog stolen. When he is stolen, he runs away from the people and goes to the wild. So, he meets a pack of wolves and started hanging around with them. But, there is a big problem with the leader of the pack and Buck. Spitz, the leader of the pack, doesn't like Buck. They get into a deadly fight, which turns out that Spitz lost the fight and runs away and disappears. The pack and Buck gets lost and each goes on their own. Buck then sees a man on the path and goes to help him because he is struggling with some ice broken. Most of this takes place in the North Yukon. Buck helps John win a race with John's other dogs. I didn't like this book too much because, it's only based on Buck. It only talks about Buck and some adventures that he does and the struggle that he goes through.

    By: Sixto G....more info
  • The Call of the Wild Review
    The Call of the Wild was a very good book. The reason I thought it was a good book is because I like dogs, wolves, and I like the wilderness. The reason I even picked up the book is because, one, London wrote the book, I read White Fang, and I asked people if it was a good book and they all said yes. If someone asked me if the book was good I would surely say yes. ...more info
  • Heart-Touching
    Heart-touching. Although this novel is not one of the books that I would choose for myself, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The fact that this is historical fiction should have turned me off, but it wasn't mainly about the Yukon gold rush. It was about a dog's life going from owner to owner and finally finding a place in which he feels he belongs. "The Call of the Wild" is often refered to as the best work of fiction ever written about dogs, and I must say I definitely agree. As a dog lover, I found parts of this story heart-touching and breaking. When Buck was removed from the civilized Southland where he reigned supreme among his animal kind, to the cold of the Yukon, it broke my heart. Especially when terrible men literally beat him and whipped him almost to death. Take the man in the red sweater for example, his job is to break dogs. I could not even begin to imagine how he could live with himself.
    Even sadder are the stories of the dogs that fill the sled's traces around him. Poor good-spirited Curly never had a chance, while the good-natured Dave was moments from dying but still wanted to continue in his place as a sled dog. Even the harsh Spitz has to be pitied because it was clear that his harsh nature was forced upon him by man and his thirst for gold. Buck not only conquers the weather, he conquers the harshness of the men who abuse him and his sled team.
    When he finds his rightful owner, John Thorton, he finally feels at peace. Life becomes better than it ever had been for Buck, and all of this was due the kindness of Thornton. Buck was very afraid that John Thornton would disappear as all of his other masters had such as Perrault or Francois. Additionally, this man meant more to him than anyone else he had known in his entire life, so it would have been devastating to lose him. Buck respects and loves John more than any other human or animal in the entire world. Their relationship continues to grow stronger as they became inseparable, watching over each other with plaesure, developing a bond that could never be broken.
    The future was looking wonderful for Buck, and as the days went on "The Call of the Wild" could be heard more clearly. Buck became curious, and he found that "The Call" was none other then his ancestor's own kind, the wolf. Buck began to live in the wild as well as with Thorton. Life could not have been any better, but suddenly, everything changed. Buck was going for his normal stroll through the woods when suddenly, something did not seen right. He went back to the camp to find that his beloved John Thorton was dead. He was filled with such rage and when he looked over at the Yeehats, he attack them. One by one, he killed until almost half were dead. The other half went back screaming into the woods. What was done was done, and even though there will forever be a void in his heart where once it was filled with John Thorton's love, he has found his rightful place with his brother, and the pack of wolves.
    Overall, I do not think there is any part of this novel I do not like, but the part I like most was Buck's whole journey and how well Jack London described it. As Jack London once said, "I wrote a thousand words every day." He is such a talented writer and I really apprciate him. Second, the character I like most was Buck. He is such a dynamic character. He went from being a domesticated house pet to a creature of the wild. Third, the final grade I would give this novel will definiately be an A. Finally, I would recommend this novel to anyone who can read. Although it might be hard to understand for some, It is a great classic for everyone to enjoy.
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  • Amazing
    It is amazing just how engrossing a book about a dog can be. Then again, this is also a tribute to the North and a time of exploration that is long gone--Jack London could have probably written this about a human, for the detail and love he gives his lead character, a furry boy called Buck. He's half St. Bernard, half Shepherd, with a mix-in of something a little more fierce that responds to his northern experience and the title of the book.

    Buck is a pampered pet who pretty much goes through life changes the superstitious cat would go through after he is kidnapped to be a sled dog in the Yukon gold rush. He experiences good owners and bad, but all lead him closer and closer to the wolfish instincts inside of him.

    It's a passionate book, surpising, and one can't help but be drawn into London's love for dogs and the world of the north. I guess there is just something inside of us that would also prefer the wild. ...more info
  • An Age-Old Tale of Will and Survival
    Jack London presents an enthralling tale about the Yukon Gold Rush of the 1890s through the eyes of one dog, Buck. Buck is ripped from his home in sunny California and forced into one of various dog-sled teams in the frozen tundra of Alaska. Buck must learn how to survive in this wilderness and he manages to not only survive, but thrive. Although his masters change, he grows most fond of his last master, John Thornton. However, even his love for John Thornton cannot supress his desire to roam free and wild, like his wolf brethren.

    "Call of the Wild" presents a stark contrast between the civilized and uncivilized worlds that Buck inhabits. It is in this uncivilized world that Buck grows to love and eventually becomes a master himself, first as leader of the dog sled team, then as a legendary leader of a wolf pack. Buck quickly learns the "law of club and fang," that is, kill or be killed.

    Although it's told from a dog's perspective, the novel is not gimmicky or unrealistic in any way. Buck's yearning to be free may represent a human desire to be free of civilization and all its rules and handicaps. For only in the wild is Buck truly free, as many of us may wish to escape from the civlization that we are trapped in.

    Overall, this is a short, yet well-told and thought-provoking story that is enjoyable to readers of all ages....more info
  • Can you hear the call
    "Call of the Wild" is a novel about a mixed breed farm dog dubbed Buck that traveled from his farm to the chilly klondike mountains through many challenges. Whether it be fighting wild dogs, fighting famine, carrying a sled through the tundra, or fighting the ways of men, Buck survived it all. So read on to find out how....more info
  • Fantastic book!
    In the book, The Call Of the Wild, by Jack London, an abused dog named Buck is stolen by an evil groundskeeper named Manuel. After many struggles and challenges he is sent north to Canada were he peruses the role as a sled dog. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good dog story.
    This book was one of the best books I have ever read and held it reputation throughout the whole thing. The main Theme of the book was to inform people that if you ever have problems or challenges in your life, stay strong and overcome them. This book also helped alert people that dogs are being abused everywhere and that they are living things just like us.
    Buck goes through many owners, one selling him to the next and so on so forth. The new owner hurts and pushing him more then the one before. When Buck gets to his final owner, John Thornton loves Buck just as much as buck loves him. This really shows because when Buck hears the call of the wild he feels the temptation to run off and chase it, but he resists the erg simply for the love of a man. One of Bucks former owners had a very fun accent witch made the book way more fun and interesting.
    In conclusion this was a great and interesting book with believable characters and a terrific story line. I would surely recommend this book to any reader of any age looking for a satisfactory book....more info
  • Stark, Powerful Wilderness Tale
    This is a powerful tale of survival of the fittest in the Alaskan Wilderness. It's the story of Buck, a large St. Bernard/Collie kidnapped (or dognapped) for the Klondike Alaska Gold Rush of 1897. Mistreated and passed between human owners, Buck quickly learns to survive by stealing food, and fighting for leadership of the hounds pulling the dogsled. Buck happily comes under the ownerships of kindly John Thornton, but turns savagely vengeful after Thornton is killed. Later, he joins a wolf pack in the wild. This story is told from Buck's point of view, and the descriptions of a frigid, unforgiving wilderness inspire many readers. Others are moved by the author's take on the dark side of human nature and the Darwinian struggle to survive.

    Author Jack London (1876-1916) knew of the stark wilderness from his participation in the 1897 Gold Rush. Readers might also like his other writings like SEA WOLF and WHITE FANG. ...more info
  • super duper
    This book was mind envigorting and scintytilating. I enjoyed it much and I would would suggest this book for people who like nature and are looking for a good read. It was super duper....more info
  • Call of the wild is a good book
    -Call of the wild is a good book for older kids, but is a great book.

    -If your looking for a bloody book then this the book for you.

    -It's a good story about life and the things you run into on the way....more info
  • A Great, Non-Stop Action Book!
    In this book, there is no stop action keeping the reader always wanting to continue. This book is filled with action, adventure, terror, and drama. It is taken place in 1903 in the state of California and in Alaska in the region of Klondike. Jack London puts you in the mind of a dog. This dog, which is the main character, is named Buck. He is half St. Bernard and also half Scottish Sheperd. In the beginning of the book, Buck lives with a judge and his children in his California home. One day, Buck is kidnapped and shipped to Alaska where he is trained as a sled dog. He realizes the many troubles in the Alaska and meets his main enemy, Spitz. Spitz is a vicious and brute tempered dog. Buck grows hungry and goes from a cuddly dog to a devil. Buck and Spitz grow angry at one another and have a malicious dogfight. How will fight for the rest of their life? This book is one of the best books I have read because of how well Jack London puts you in the head of a dog and puts you through a torturous time. Read The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

    David LA7...more info
  • A great read with powerful messages for all ages
    Perhaps Jack London's most famous (and shortest) novel, THE CALL OF THE WILD is an undeniably powerful book. Its reputation as a children's book is unfortunate, as this one has something to offer readers of all ages. It is more than the simple-seeming story of a dog taken from civilization and thrust into a harsh and brutal environment, where he is forced to thrive or die, kill or be killed. It is also a story of making the best of the worst, persevering against overwhelming obstacles, living up to ones potential, and reclaiming lost heritage. The emergence of Buck's instinctual fire for life and the almost ghostly visitations from his ancestors is really a joy to read. London's ability to draw you into his stories is also much in evidence here. Even though Buck is a dog, London is able to make him into one of the most intimately knowable and lovable characters in fiction, a remarkable feat when considering the brevity of the novel. Additionally, the sometimes extreme brutality of Buck's surroundings, and the graphic nature in which London describes it, certainly indicates that children were not the intended audience for this piece.

    Buck's journey in the North and his transformation into the powerful adept of the Fang and the Club makes up a tale that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers of any age or experience. London's message is more than the straight forward story that it usually gets credit for. If you haven't yet read it, or haven't since your childhood, pick this one up for a few hours of enjoyable reading.

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  • Early 20th Century Classic
    The classic book THE CALL OF THE WILD by early-20th Century American author Jack London is one of the timeless novels that should be read by all children of late-elementary school age. I was 11 when I first read it, and it made quite an impression on me. Having grown up with two cats, and being very interested in dogs, this book really spoke to the animal-lover within me. It is the story of Buck, a family-devoted Saint Bernard living in the late-19th Century, whose peaceful existence is robbed when he is sold into slavery by the devious gardener. Shipped up to Alaska, he is mercilessly beaten and made to join a dog-sled team by Alaskan Gold-Rushers who care little else about anything but gold. Speaking from a unique third-person perspective that closely follows Buck and his thoughts, the author concentrates on what Buck must do, and indeed, what he must become in order to survive. The result is a story that is intriguing, sad and hopeful.

    I ended up reading THE CALL OF THE WILD several times when I was 11 & 12. Although this is a book that I believe should be read by all kids between the ages of 9-12, I caution any potential readers under the age of 9 that this is a fairly violent story; it may disturb them more than entertain or inform. I think that it should definitely be made into a modern full-length feature film (probably animated, so that real dogs are not subjected to these kind of conditions). If so, it should easily get a PG-rating, which I believe is appropriate in terms of drawing the right age group to see it. I know that WHITE FANG, another London classic which I have also read, was made into a feature film several years ago; unseen as of yet by me, it was a highly regarded live-action PG-rated film that was enjoyed by many.

    THE CALL OF THE WILD is one of the early-20th Century American literary treasures that is as important as anything written by John Steinbeck, William Faulkner or F. Scott Fitzgerald. Do your kids a favor and buy it for them!


  • The call of the wild
    This story is about a dog named Buck. He was a huge St. Bernard, four years old and he lived in the South. One day he was kidnapped from his home by gardener's helper and sold as a sled dog in the cold North. Since this time his life was hard. Everday he tried to survive. He was hungry, he was beaten and he fought with the other dogs. Soon he was strong, smart and the leader over the team of dogs.

    I liked to read this book, because it is about interesting, hard life in Alaska long time ago, when people go there to look for gold.

    I liked especially this part when Buck stole food (pg 28-29), because he was hungry. I liked also when he grew, he was strong (pg 30-31) and clever (pg 47). He won a fight with Spitz a very big, strong, Arctic dog (pg 51-52)....more info
  • Beautifully Written, but NOT FUN to read!!
    I have nothing against Jack London. He writes very well and some passages of this book are moving and intense. For a great portion of this book, however, I suffered from intense boredom. Call of the Wild drags on, inch per inch, just as our young canine hero, Buck, trudges along in the snow.
    I can't say that I really got any enjoyment out of reading it at all. I was very mericiful by giving it three stars, but one of those stars is because I liked the ending, one of them is because it was well written, and the other was because the book was short.
    I would rather watch paint dry than have to read this again. Once more, it is WELL-WRITTEN... the descriptions are good and the relationships among the dogs is interesting at times, but the book itself is no joy to read. I hope that the ghost of Jack London does not send a pack of wild, hungry, Alaskian wolves to maul me after writing this, but I did not like this book!...more info
  • Help Buck find his part the wild.
    Call of the Wild Review
    Call of the Wild is a nail biting book of thrills. It is by Jack London and was published in the late 1800s. The Call of the Wild is when a family dog named Buck is stolen from his cozy fire and sold as a sled dog. Buck must overcome harsh conditions and vicious enemies, to find his part in the wild. This book is perfect for dog lovers who need to find out the life of sled dogs. But it is easy to doze off because of the tiny print. CAUTION: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF TEN!
    This story takes place during the gold rush in Alaska. The family servant steals Buck, and sells him for money for his gambling needs. Buck is trained as a sled dog to find gold. As Buck stops for a break, the sled team is stolen. Many dogs die, for the stealers don't know how to handle sled dogs. Buck is one of the few soul survivors. Finally Buck is saved by John Thornton right before he is killed. This book has good information on the Alaskan Gold Rush.
    The author's addition of Spits gave the story a little more suspense. He was the bad guy in dog sense. He killed other dogs for pleasure. It shows what Buck will have to do to become the best dog in the pack. The writer's purpose was to show a life with many debates and issues and what that person has to do become a legend.
    I hope my review helped you with your chose of Call of the Wild. Thanks for reading my review....more info
  • Not very interesting book
    "The call of the wild" is about a house-dog, Buck, who is taken from his comfortable home in California by the family gardener, and put into the harsh northland. There, he is sold to several different people to pull dog-sleds. He quickly rises to lead dog among the sled-dogs.
    This book has very well written descriptions and an okay story-line, but it just isn't interesting to read. It drags on and on even though it is only about a hundred pages long. It is also rather depressing, with all the descriptions of dogs being beaten with clubs and ripped apart by huskies.
    I do not particularly recommend this book, unless you really enjoy either detailed descriptions of dogs being hurt, boring storylines, or are obsessed with dog-sledding.
    ~Rijii...more info
  • The Call Of The Wild
    The book that I read was about a dog that was stolen out of his house. People were getting dogs because it was dog sledding time so they needed strong dogs that could be used during the winter. I think this book is called the called of the wild because, a dog was taken from his home and was taken far away, so the dog was not used to the wild so he got lost and was lost in the wild not knowing were to go so I think that means the call of the wild for him because he had to trough a lot of things to be able to get back home with his real owner not to the people who took him. This book is also about the guy that if he would read the newspaper he would have known that his dog was missing since the morning. This book is mostly for people who are interested in dog books but not only on that also in people who like books about adventure because this was kind of like it. Also people who like very good books like this one that I read....more info
  • If You Like Animals This Is The Book For You
    This book is about a dog named Buck. He travels around the world with different musher's all trying to get to a gold mine on a land. Which people never come back once they go. This book is very good because they didn't talk during most of the book.

    This book explained what happened when they were mushing and how they felt when they didn't get their way when they were done mushing. For me there wasn't enough action going around in the story. There were only certain parts in the story that were interesting. Like when Buck killed Indians because they killed his owner.

    Another time was when Buck and a sleigh dog were forced to fight. Then in parts of the book I didn't understand some of the words. To me the author explained everything good enough to understand. This would be a good book for any body.

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  • Call of The Wild
    Call of The Wild is an adventerous, wonderful book. You should read it if you like happy endings and like adventures. In the beggining a nice dog from a rich family gets dognapped. As you can imagine it would probably be scary for a dog whos only been hugged and kept in walls. He gets sold to some men who deliver medicine. He works his way up to the top, has fights with husky's , and has many ferocious adventures. It is very sad in the beging but the ending is very happy. White Fang is another good book by the same author who wrote Call of The Wild....more info