The Call of the Wild is the story of Buck, who starts the tale as a domesticated dog living a life of luxury on a Californian estate. However, when Buck is kidnapped to work as a sled dog in the Yukon, he must learn to survive in the harsh, unforgiving wilderness. With each brutal lesson encountered on his journey, Buck loses his civilized demeanor and adapts to the realities of life in the wild. London’s novel White Fang is the companion and mirror to The Call of the Wild.
Jack London (1876-1916) was an American author and journalist. Before finding success as an author, London worked grueling jobs including on a seal-hunting ship, as an oyster pirate, and as a prospector in the Klondike Gold Rush. His writing found success in the then-burgeoning magazine industry.
- Print Length: 98 pages
- Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x .245 inches
Gambling, travel, fights to the death, acts of heroism, feats of strength and vengeful ghost dogs are all a part of what makes The Call of the Wild just a fun book, and part of why I never get tired of reading it.
The first time I read it was back in grade school. From the first page, I was hooked. Buck, the hero of the tale, draws you in so quickly that before you realize it you’re invested—emotionally—in the survival of a fictitious character. He’s a hero you want to not only see succeed but also get his happy ever after—or at least a nice family.
For me, Buck is one of the most realistic literary heroes. He is thrown into a life he never wanted but doesn’t let that get him down. Instead, he works to learn what he needs to survive, getting help when he needs it. He is not always good at what he does, and sometimes he fails. He might not possess much honor, but he is loyal and true to himself.