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White Fang: AND The Call of the Wild

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 288 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0140621148 | Isbn-13: 9780140621143 | Publish date:  | Edition New Ed

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Category: Fiction & Literature , Science & Nature

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Book Description
"The Call of the Wild" is the story of Buck, a large dog who is betrayed, sold and cruelly forced to pull a sledge through the frozen Yukon. Buck must adapt to the brutality of his new life, until he is saved and domesticated again - although the call of the wild always persists. In "White Fang", a wild young cub, part dog and part wolf, grows up solitary and savage and becomes the most deadly fighter of them all, until at last he has the chance to respond to kindness and learn the ways of civilization.
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    Realism & Lamarckism

    The most striking feature of these two stories is their realism. The wild is depicted as an eco-system, in which merciless selectionist rules apply. The description of the natural environment of the Yukon valley is convincing, much as the way in which the author depicts the every-day life of the ...continue

    The most striking feature of these two stories is their realism. The wild is depicted as an eco-system, in which merciless selectionist rules apply. The description of the natural environment of the Yukon valley is convincing, much as the way in which the author depicts the every-day life of the people living in the North during the Gold Rush.
    It would be interesting to investigate influences of French naturalism on these books of London's.
    Another thought-provoking feature is the rather Lamarckian view of evolution that constitutes the kernel of the author's conception of nature: acquired traits are inherited without any difficulty and the past of a living being continuously manifests itself through dreams, longings, behaviors. The call of the wild, in the end, is nothing but the call of the forebears, the call of the gene.

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    I nearly got traumatized by all the violence directed towards animals. I don't think I ever realized how hard sled dogs had. I think London did a good job at describing events that occurred in dog's point of view. Other than that, I didn't really considered this a magnificent story. Average, I wo ...continue

    I nearly got traumatized by all the violence directed towards animals. I don't think I ever realized how hard sled dogs had. I think London did a good job at describing events that occurred in dog's point of view. Other than that, I didn't really considered this a magnificent story. Average, I would say.

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