Call of the Wild & White Fang

Call of the Wild & White Fang

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 163g
  • Herts, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1853260266
  • 9781853260261
  • 9,364

About Jack London

Jack London wird am 12. Januar 1876 in San Francisco geboren und wächst in ärmlichen Verhältnissen auf. Er schlägt sich als Fabrikarbeiter, Austernpirat, Landstreicher und Seemann durch, holt das Abitur nach, beginnt zu studieren, geht dann als Goldsucher nach Alaska, lebt monatelang im Elendsviertel von London, gerät als Korrespondent im russisch-japanischen Krieg in Gefangenschaft und bereist die ganze Welt. Am 22. November 1916 setzt der berühmte Schriftsteller auf seiner Farm in Kalifornien seinem zuletzt von Alkohol, Erfolg und Extravaganz geprägten Leben ein Ende.
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"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...." more
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