(E-)Book Read! THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
First sentence: “Buck didn’t read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.”
Last sentence: “When the long winter nights come on and the wolves follow their meat into the lower valleys, he may be seen running at the head of the pack through the pale moonlight or glimmering Borealis, leaping gigantic above his fellows, his great throat a-bellow as he sings a song of the younger world, which is the song of the pack.”
From Wikipedia: The story takes place in the extreme conditions of the Yukon during the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush where strong sled dogs were in high demand. After Buck, a domesticated dog, is snatched from a pastoral ranch in California, he is sold into a brutal life as a sled dog. The novella details Buck’s struggle to adjust and survive the cruel treatment he receives from humans, other dogs, and nature. He eventually sheds the veneer of civilization altogether and instead relies on primordial instincts and the lessons he has learned to become a respected and feared leader in the wild.
The Call of the Wild is London’s most popular work and is considered the masterpiece of his so-called “early period.” The novella is often classified as children’s literature because of its animal protagonist, but the maturity of its subject matter makes it valuable for older audiences as well. Major themes include survival of the fittest, civilization versus nature, and fate versus free will.
This novella was a nice quick read. Buck is a survivor, and a smart dog, who adapts himself quickly to the changing circumstances of his life. It was nice to read a story that had a dog as its main character.
Everyone who loves dogs and adventure, will enjoy this book.