By Jack London
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Language: English | Number of Pages: 288 | Format: Paperback
Isbn-10: 0140621148 | Isbn-13: 9780140621143 | Publish date: 25/08/1994 | Edition New Ed
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Eleonora said on Sep 02, 2010, 16:26
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.
Tommaso Bruni said on Apr 06, 2010, 22:33
Dave Sanders said on Jun 01, 2009, 16:48
Jacquelinflute said on Jan 21, 2009, 08:53
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.
s u v i said on Mar 25, 2008, 11:14
Thomas Ng said on Apr 29, 2006, 04:25