Book Review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London


Believe it or not, I’ve never read The Call of the Wild (1903) by Jack London, which one would think is a requirement of being a kid in America.  And I still haven’t read it, although on a whim I listened to my library’s audiobook copy, albeit not very carefully.  Narrated in an appropriately macho fashion by Frank Muller, The Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck a farm dog who is kidnapped from Northern California and forced to pull sleds for for miners in the Yukon gold rush.  A cushy pet learns to fight for food and compete for leadership of the pack through fighting and violence, and eventually becomes alpha dog in a wild wolf pack after his owner dies.

Yes friends, before I read this book I knew it had something to do with Alaska and dogs, but I had no idea that the entire book is about a dog from a dog’s point of view.  Granted, the book is very symbolic in that we humans sit very tenuously on the edge of civilization and brutality and savageness (and London wrote this before the World Wars, the Holocaust, and all the horrors of the 20th century that tested humanity).  Still, as a book about dogs it’s a very good and accurate look at what may be going on in a dog’s mind.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  1. I Have read this book twice know, once as a 7 year old and again now when i am 16 i can’t believe how differently i precieved it each time i read it, the first time i had a bit of trouble understanding what went on, it was something about a dog becomeing free in the wild of alsaka in the gold rush era, now that i’ve learned to catch meaning in between the lines and see what the author was actually portraying, it became alive with new found sub plots and things that were totally new to me…just goes to show that reading a book more than once is so worth it. What first got me into reading this book at a young age was the fact that my grandpa told me tha jack london was a family friend of our family somewhere down the line, this entrigued me….i’ll have to go to ancestry.com to see what my family tree has to say about that…

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