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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
By: (1876-1916)

Call of the Wild is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel set during the late 19th century Klondike Gold Rush. The central character is Buck, an Alaskan sled dog who is forced to adjust to the cruel climate in order to survive. If you have even a remote love of dogs then you will fall head over heels in love with this book. In fact, take away the fact that Buck is a dog and the story is the same, a struggle against greed and to live a life of freedom.

London spent a year in Yokel researching the book, making it extremely detailed, very simplistic in its descriptions and genuinely heartfelt. Essentially the book explores the concept of survival of the fittest, as we join Buck’s fall from grace, when he is kidnapped for work, and the desire to rise again. Power struggles ensue when we meet Buck’s rival Spritze and we see how brutal the world can be. The vivid descriptions of nature are where this book excels. London is an expert at writing about survival in a natural world. When we are forced into extreme condition, we have to rely on our instinct, what is primitive to us, themes mirrored in Buck’s journey throughout the book.

On the surface, Call to the Wild is a simple adventure story, much like London’s other works such as ‘ White Fang’ but underneath there are layers upon layers of questions and thought provoking statements that make us stand up and think about how humans can have a negative impact on nature. A book to open your mind, make you think and to connect with characters that you never thought you could talk to.


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

August 11, 2014
It's an "Ok" book... I got really lost at first but then i started understanding it.
Reviewer: - August 2, 2014
Subject: call of the wild
I thought the reader was really hard to follow as well. He did his best job though. Good storey overall but I wasn't happy with the reader either.
Reviewer: - March 2, 2014
Subject: Call of the Wild
Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did! Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Reviewer: - December 29, 2013
Subject: Call of the Wild
I really enjoyed listening while someone other than myself was doing the reading. I first read jack London's books over 60 yrs. ago, and enjoy them over again to this day.
Reviewer: - November 26, 2013
Subject: Call of the wild
I did not like the book it is to hard to follow. The reader makes the book sound really boring. :( I thought that I was going to love it.
November 6, 2013
Im sorry to say I could hear the readers dentures clicking the whole time. I appreciate his effort though,and the effort of this site; after all I'm not paying to hear this wonderful adventure tale.
Reviewer: - September 26, 2013
This narritator reads so slow. and I did not like his voice.
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
This narritator was so boring I could not listen to him. Uhhh.
Reviewer: - July 28, 2013
Every time I read/hear this story I enjoy it. The actor was an appropriate choice for this setting in the North. Bravo.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Enjoyed this sad account.


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