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The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories

by Jack London

Part of the Oxford World's Classics Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories

First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is widely regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike. It’s the story of Buck, a great dog, a Yukon sled dog. Buck's father was a huge Saint Bernard, and Buck's mother, a huge Scotch shepherd dog. He is shaggy, big of body, strong of muscle and stout of heart. Stolen from a California ranch and taken to live in the far glacier land of the North, he is put in a team of work dogs and made to carry the Yukon mail. It documents his journey and transformation from domesticity as the call of the wild takes him into her clutches.

The Call of the Wild is an absorbing and enchanting tale of wild life, brutality, love and friendship from Buck’s point of view. Although shockingly harsh at times, it has moments of unexpected tenderness and I defy anyone not to fall in love with Buck.

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The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories Synopsis

Of all Jack London's fictions none have been so popular as his dog stories. In addition to The Call of the Wild, the epic tale of a Californian dog's adventures during the Klondike gold rush, this edition includes White Fang, and five famous short stories - 'Batard', 'Moon-Face', 'Brown Wolf', 'That Spot', and 'To Build a Fire'.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories Press Reviews

'utterly convincing ... wonderful forays into danger and excitement'

Beat Scene `guaranteed to warm the heart of any child'

Press and Journal, Aberdeen

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ISBN: 9780199538898
Publication date: 17/02/2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199538898
Publication date: 17th February 2009
Author: Jack London
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Classics, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

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