Call of the Wild & White Fang

Call of the Wild & White Fang

Book rating: 05 Paperback Wadsworth Collection

By (author) Jack London, Introduction and notes by Lionel Kelly, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine


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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260266
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260261
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 7,182

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With an Introduction and Notes by Lionel Kelly, University of Reading. The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) are world famous animal stories. Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, The Call of the Wild is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the 'decivilisation' of Buck as he answers 'the call of the wild', an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds. In contrast, White Fang relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild which is civilised by the master he comes to trust and love. The brutal world of the Klondike miners and their dogs is brilliantly evoked and Jack London's rendering of the sentient life of Buck and White Fang as they confront their destiny is enthralling and convincing. The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage, a powerful myth that still appeals to our collective unconscious.

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By PATRICIA NEWMAN 02 May 2009 5

"This book is a fantastic read, I really enjoyed reading it and it kept
you enthralled and not wanting to put the book down. The trials that
poor BUCK had to go through were quite wrenching and made you want
to save him from the brutality of it all, being in that cold and desolate place,
after coming from such a warm and caring home, I really felt for him right up
until the end when he became a wild animal....... White Fang was entirely
a diffrent story altogether, wherein he was wild and became tamed by Indians, although he too suffered terribly sometimes but also came out
the other end alright...."....