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White Fang: AND The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

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| Paperback | 9780140621143

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"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 cal Continue

"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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    (Read and rated only 'the Call of the Wild', so far.)

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    Eleonora said on Sep 2, 2010 | Add your feedback

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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 whic ...(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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    Tommaso Bruni said on Apr 6, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    I personally preferred The Call of the Wild over White Fang, but both are good reads.

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    Dave Sanders said on Jun 1, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    I like the part about the mother-wolf taking care and teaching her cubs.

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    Jacquelinflute said on Jan 21, 2009 | Add your feedback

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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 con ...(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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    s u v i said on Mar 25, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    At first I was attracted by Jack London's legendary life. When I read his book, I was attracted by the story.

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    Thomas Ng said on Apr 29, 2006 | Add your feedback

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