The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Book - 1990
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CCrumley60
Feb 26, 2020

Read Feb 2020. NOT going to see this movie. Violence towards dogs. Disturbing.

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medfordbeavers
Jan 29, 2020

If you like a survival story, Jack London's "Call of the Wild " is for you! The main character is a dog named Buck. He is good main character because he has thick fur, he is big and strong. In the beginning of the novel, Buck becomes a sled dog and pulls a sled.The book takes place in the Yukon Territories.
I like this book because Jack London uses vocabulary I did not even know existed! One word that came to mind is feigned; it means to pretend. I also like that it is a survival story because it makes me feel excited about what is going to happen next. If you like survival stories packed with brutal characters, in a freezing landscape then you will enjoy this book. Beware, it can be hard to read at times because there is animal cruelty. I recommend this book for people twelve and older.
-Damien, age 11

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2019

Call Of The Wild is utterly wonderful! This book is a great classic novel that instantly draws the reader in. It is a fast-paced book which brutally tells you the life a dog who gets sold into slavery and becomes a heroic sled dog. Even though the book is told in third person, every time the dog, Buck speaks his thoughts you can really feel what he is saying. This book can easily be read in one sitting or two, and, unsurprisingly, has become one of my favorite books. This book is very unique because you would expect it to be written from a human’s point of view but instead, it is written from the point of view of a sled dog. The writing is in old English, but that is to be expected since it is a book written in the 1900s. Overall the plot was very thrilling, and the theme was compelling. I got attached to the main character; buck immediately because the story had lots of deep emotion that moved me and I know some people could relate to parts of the books. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys literature. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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emmakesler
Mar 14, 2019

A warning to animal lovers that there are several graphic descriptions of animal abuse, injury, and death.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 13, 2019

A classic that unexpectedly caught my heart. How can a story about a dog sold into slavery who has a heart of gold and a fierce love for his master turn me into "mush"? It does and I cheered when he fought for his team of sled dogs knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each member. The Alaskan Yukon frontier is as captivating as the storyline. The call of the wild dogs captures their true nature.

I first picked up this book when I was bored at a Goodwill store. The writing was what held me until the dogs started interacting and becoming the main characters, yet without speaking or doing anything to break the realism. Then I started to lap it up (pun intended), especially the confrontation with Spitz. I don't love everything about the book, but it's still absolutely captivating for me.

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guantina
Jul 29, 2016

Jack London writes really great classic novels that immediately draws the reader in. Told from Buck's perspective, he learns to adapt to the harsh wilderness and also learns to obey the law of club and fang. This is definitely one of the best written classic novels there is to read.

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rocky21_0
May 12, 2016

This was a great book that was thoroughly enjoyable. It puts a whole new perspective on the nature of dogs. A must read for dog lovers and those that aren't . Its a fabulous book would gladly see the movie.

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amalyndb
Jan 16, 2016

Jack London's classic, The Call of the Wild, centers on the themes of nature and nurture. Buck, a dog beloved by a family in California, is taken as the winnings of gambling, and shipped to the Klondike. There, instead of being lord of his manor, he is forced into the brutal reality of the ways of clubs and fangs and claws. He adapts, he changes, he hardens.

An interesting look into the author's experiences of life in the Klondike, from the point of view of a sled dog.

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black_cat_9072
Jan 06, 2016

As a general rule, I don't like dogs. Not one bit, I am a cat lover and PROUD OF IT, so naturally I didn't think I'd like this book very much. I was so wrong. Call Of The Wild is simply beautiful. Though it is told in third person past-tense, you can really feel the dog, Buck speaking to the reader, his thoughts clearly displayed with wonderful accuracy though the pages.

Oh yes, the pages. The main reason I don't read a lot of classics is that I am turned off by the length. Sorry, but I don't have time to read 400 pages of THE SAME BOOK.

This book is less the a hundred pages, and yet covers years of Buck's life very accurately.

The writing is a bit old fashioned, but that is to be expected, and it is certainly a classic that has aged well.

I am a younger teenager and I greatly enjoyed this book. I don't like dogs, I'll say it again, but the book isn't so much about dogs as about animals as a whole.

Call Of The Wild is a beautiful story, easily read in one sitting or two, and, surprisingly, has become one of my favorite books.

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kleokleopatra66
Oct 01, 2015

a truly wonderful story of adaption bravery and strength. how to go through all kinds of trial and trouble from a rather cozy life in soth cal. to becoming later in the end the leader of an alaskan wolf pack... fazinating.

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msemos
Aug 06, 2015

good story very powerful story of dog in Alaska who ultimately becomes wild

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Howie_Nichols
Jul 01, 2014

Someone must have spent too much time in the cold. Story took on a supernatural nature to it. Not realistic and certainly not believable. Entertaining? yes. A classic? to me, no.

blue_swan_55 Jul 20, 2013

I don't really understand the language used (I mean... it's English too, but I feel like it is Old English). All in all, it was a great classic. I really loved the plot and the theme was fascinating.

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oliviajak
Jun 16, 2012

Although the language is slightly outdated, and sometimes difficult to read, I really enjoyed the story. The plot was very interesting, and the theme was fascinating. I got attached to the main character; the dog. The story had lots of deep emotion that really moved me. I would suggest this book ot anyone who enjoys literature.

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dixiedog
May 18, 2012

Having already read several condensed versions of Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild,’ my interest was somewhat tainted and therefore I did not enjoy the original classic as much as I should have. My advice, read this original first! Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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swallowtailcat
Jul 01, 2011

The Call of the Wild is one of my favourite books. A wonderful tale of dog turned wolf, in a land where survival is not a given.......

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lisahiggs
Dec 22, 2010

It was the kind of real that, when it’s about animals, is almost difficult to read. That London could make me feel this way a century later speaks to the power of his writing in this little novel that packs a big punch.


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