Buy New
$7.16
Qty:1
  • List Price: $7.95
  • Save: $0.79 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – January 8, 2002


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.16
$3.69 $3.17

Frequently Bought Together

The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire (Modern Library Classics) + The Sea-Wolf (Dover Thrift Editions)
Price for both: $10.31

Buy the selected items together
  • The Sea-Wolf (Dover Thrift Editions) $3.15

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.

Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037575251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375752513
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Fiction        U.S.A. $7.95
Canada $10.95

To this day Jack London is the most widely read American writer in the world," E. L. Doctorow wrote in The New York Times Book Review. Generally considered to be London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published in 1903. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. "No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild," said H. L. Mencken. "Here, indeed, are all the elements of sound fiction."
        White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is "To Build a Fire," a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike, but containing all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy.
        "The quintessential Jack London is in the on-rushing compulsive-ness of his northern stories," noted James Dickey. "Few men have more convincingly examined the connection between the creative powers of the individual writer and the unconscious drive to breed and to survive, found in the natural world. . . . London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction."

About the Author

Jack London (1876-1916), by turns a renegade adventurer,
a war correspondent, and an avowed socialist, first achieved fame with The Son of the Wolf (1900), a collection of short stories drawn from his experiences in the Klondike gold rush. "The greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived,  said Alfred Kazin.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 16 customer reviews
Contains a few short stories, really good stuff though.
tonys
London skillfully gives us the psychological drama of harsh realities setting in.
Bugs
I love that books like this have re-kindled an interest in reading for him.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bugs on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These three stories are amongst London's best fictional works- some say they *are* the best, especially, "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang", it all depends on one's taste, of course, but rest assured, these stories are gripping and the intrigue of their moving plots keeps one glued to the book.

As a freind once said of "Call..." and "...Fang": "These are just about the two doggone best [canine] stories I have ever had the pleasure to read!". Indeed.

All three stories are set in Alaska during the gold rush days of the late 1800's and London spent time there to absorb the feeling of this beautiful, but unforgiving land. He is so descriptive of the landscape, one feels like they are there themselves. This is the magic of London's writing- he so expertly drops the reader right into the scenery and the characters. Indeed, we see and feel what they see and feel- even the animals- especially, the animals, for they have personalities that engage and create both sympathy and admiration for their trials, tribulations and triumphs. London is one of those that the measure of literary genius is judged by and taking in just about any of his works will demonstrate why.

The basic storyline of the "The Call of the Wild" has a dog named "Buck" who is living in a comfortable setting in California, suddenly yanked away by black-market dog thieves who are selling them to the ravenous needs of the gold prospector's supply market where they are then pressed into the tortuous dogsled industry. Buck eventually gets free and joins his native soul-brothers, the wolves. From the human world back to his ancestral roots, hence, the calling of the wild instinct.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I remember reading "To Build a Fire" in school in eighth grade. It is a fairly short story about a man travelling in extremely cold conditions who falls in a creek and, in order to stay alive, has to build a fire. It by itself is a great story, but along with "White Fang" and "The Call of the Wild," this is just an excellent book for anyone who likes life and death struggles and, well, dogs and wolves.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Johnson on November 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book arrived in very good condition, well packaged. Jack London has the ability to write with detailed descriptions of his life in the Arctic. The stories are spell binding.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marrion Elementary Readers on March 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Call of the Wild is by far one of the best books I've ever read.
Because it's about a dog that gets kidnapped and forced to become something he doesn't want to and there is lots of excitement and it never gets boring.

The genre is adventure because he never got to stop and rest, he would get to eat little, rest for about 4 hours or less.

The main characters are: Buck (dog that got kidnapped), Spitz (he fought with Buck. Buck is a husky and he is very big and strong and he is quite intelligent. His experience helped him with the fight against Spitz.

The Call of the Wild takes place in a hot climate and then in a cold climate and he stayed in the cold climate for a long time.

Buck started out as a judge's dog but he got kidnapped one day and was shipped by a train and he was certainly not happy about that! So when he got to the place that they took him to there was a guy who was the person he was supposed to meet (he had a red turtle neck sweater and a club in his right hand.) As soon as he unlocked the cage he jumped right at the guy and he hit him in the face with his club. (This shows how cruel people were back then to animals.) So Buck kept pouncing and also kept getting struck until he passed out.

After he was shipped to a icy climate and he was very confused he had never seen this ever before (Snow) then after a while at camp there were other dogs chanting "Fight, Fight, Fight," so he took a look and a girl was fighting a boy and she lost and the dogs started to rip her body apart he was devastated! He didn't know it but he was a snow dog.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chinakids on December 25, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I got this version for my daughter, who has to annotate her reading for school (and thus needs to write in a book). I was looking for one that was relatively inexpensive and got this one. I am very happy with the purchase.

The books are classic Jack London - Call of the Wild documenting the transformation of a tame dog into a wild one, and White Fang moving the opposite direction. These were some of my most loved books as a teenager and I still have almost all the detail in my head. Interested in adventure in the wilderness? These are highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cannot go wrong with Jack London. My 11 year old enjoyed this book it as much as I did when I was his age.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By TAD K. on November 12, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT BOOKS FROM JACK LONDON. THE STORIES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS AND I JUST HAVEN'T TAKEN THE TIME TO READ THEM. I NOW OWN SEVERAL OF HIS BOOKS AND HAVE ENJOYED EACH ONE.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By val newell on August 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I did not know this was two stories- so I ordered Call of the Wild the full story. Love the author
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search