Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Jack London's The Call of the Wild published 100 years ago

First posted 7/5/2020.

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

First Publication: 1903

Category: adventure novel

Sales: ?

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About the Book:

“Jack London’s novels and ruggedly individual life seemed to embody American hopes, frustrations, and romantic longings in the turbulent first years of the twentieth century, years infused with the wonder and excitement of great technological and historic change. The author’s restless spirit, taste for a life of excitement, and probing mind led him on a series of hard-edged adventures.” AZ

His “experiences during the Klondike gold rush in the Yukon were the inspiration for The Call of the Wild. He saw the way dogsled teams behaved and how their owners treated (and mistreated) them.” LC

The Call of the Wild is “a gripping tale” AZ of Buck, a pampered house dog who has known comfort all of his life.” BN He is “kidnapped from his California home and sold to prospectors embarked for the Yukon Gold Rush.” BN He “finds himself thrust into a brutal world of cruel human masters, savage fellow sled-dogs, and an unforgiving wilderness full of hardship and misery.” BN “From then on, survival of the fittest becomes Buck’s mantra as he learns to confront and survive the harsh realities of his new life as a sled dog.” LC

“Buck earns the love of a man as rugged as he is, and he reacquaints himself with his true animal nature, a noble heritage passed down through tens of thousands of years of his kind's survival.” BN Buck “ultimately faces a choice between living in man’s world and returning to nature.” AZ

“Adventure and dog-story enthusiasts as well as students and devotees of American literature will find this classic work a thrilling, memorable reading experience.” AZ

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