The Call of the Wild and White FangPaperback Signet Classics
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- Publisher: Signet
- Format: Paperback | 285 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 26mm | 141g
- Publication date: 7 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0451531590
- ISBN 13: 9780451531599
- Sales rank: 81,764
Two classic stories-one indispensable volume. Timeless tales of wolves, dogs, men, and the wild, "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" are two of the world's greatest adventure stories.
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Jack London (1876-1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden. John Seelye is a graduate research professor of American literature at the University of Florida. He is the author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain at the Movies, Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Literature, Beautiful Machine: Rivers and the Early Republic, Memory's Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, and War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism. He is also the consulting editor for Penguin Classics in American literature.
By Jeridel Banks 15 May 2011
Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" are two stories with dogs and wolves as the main protagonists in both stories. The first story, "The Call of the Wild", follows a mixed-breed domestic dog named Buck who is kidnapped from his warm, loving farm-home and thrust into the wild world of Artic dog-sledding. The second story is quite the opposite of "The Call of the Wild", where a mixed wolf-dog, White Fang, is born in the wild but later raised as a domestic dog. In both stories, the dogs aren't romanticized as having human minds like other animal stories. Instead, they are raw and true to their animal instincts. What makes "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" memorable isn't just the sincere and unapologetic life of the Artic animal world, but the way London writes these stories.
London uses his experiences in Alaska to paint each scene in the Artic as real and vivid, almost like the reader can hear the wolf cries in the distance. Unlike other writers, London doesn't over-saturate the reader with unnecessary words; he gets straight to the heart of what makes each animal's logic without wordiness.
For readers looking for a nice read, good and simple prose, and characters to believe in, "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" is one book to get a hold of.