The Call of the Wild and White Fang

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Collector's Library, 2004 - Fiction - 371 pages
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Presented together in one volume, these are two of the greatest and most popular animal stories ever written. Even to designate them as "animal stories" seems to undervalue them, because these tremendous works are so much more than mere children's tales, although they are admittedly still greatly loved by the young. Penned by Jack London at the beginning of the twentieth century, the first, The Call of the Wild, tells the story of Buck, a domestic dog who is kidnapped from his home in California and forced to pull sleds in the Arctic wastes. In the second, White Fang, a cross-breed that is three-quarters wolf and one quarter dog, endures considerable suffering in the Arctic before being tamed by a white American and taken to live in California. The two narratives are remarkable for the vividness of their descriptions and the success with which London imagines life from a nonhuman perspective.
  

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User Review  - SebastianHagelstein - LibraryThing

I read White Fang two years ago for school and don't remember much about it, but Call of The Wild I just finished. It's interesting how you can make a dog a well-rounded character. I like Buck because ... Read full review

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John Cronin P1 The Call of the WIld Preview Buck, the dog, seems like the loyal friend who would be nice to his owners, but not to anyone else. "But when the ends of the rope were placed in the ... Read full review

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Contents

Into the Primitive
9
The Law of Club and Fang
22
The Dominant Primordial Beast
33
Who has Won to Mastership
50
The Toil of Trace and Trail
61
For the Love of a Man
79
The Sounding of the Call
95
WHITE FANG
115
The Outcast
222
The Trail of the Gods
227
The Covenant
233
The Famine
243
PART FOUR
255
The Mad God
266
The Reign of Hate
276
The Clinging Death
282

PART ONE
117
The SheWolf
126
The Hunger Cry
138
PART TWO
151
The Lair
162
The Grey Cub
172
The Wall of the World
178
The Law of Meat
191
PART THREE
199
The Bondage
212
The Indomitable
296
The Love Master
302
PART FIVE
319
The Southland
325
The Gods Domain
333
The Call of Kind
345
The Sleeping Wolf
353
Afterword
363
Further Reading
371
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About the author (2004)

Jack London was born in San Francisco in 1876, the son of an unmarried spiritualist, Flora Wellmann, who later wed John London, a Civil War veteran. Much of Jack's childhood was spent in delinquency, and after several temporary itinerant jobs, he took part in the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897. Even though the trip was not a success, he drew on his experiences to write powerful stories. One of these, The Call of the Wild, brought him fame as an author, although he remained financially insecure for the rest of his life. He died in 1916 leaving behind an array of books on an astonishing range of subjects.  

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