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White Fang (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, May 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0486269689 ISBN-10: 048626968X Edition: Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048626968X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486269689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

When White Fang was first published in 1906, Jack London was well on his way to becoming one of the most famous, popular, and highly paid writers in the world. White Fang stands out as one of his finest achievements, a spellbinding novel of life in the northern wilds.
In gripping detail, London bares the savage realities of the battle for survival among all species in a harsh, unyielding environment. White Fang is part wolf, part dog, a ferocious and magnificent creature through whose experiences we see and feel essential rhythms and patterns of life in the animal kingdom and among mankind as well.
It is, above all, a novel that keenly observes the extraordinary working of one of nature's greatest gifts to its creatures: the power to adapt. Focusing on this wondrous process, London created in White Fang a classic adventure story as fresh and appealing for today's audiences as for those who made him among the bestselling novelists of his day.

About the Author

Novelist, journalist, and social activist Jack London (1876–1916) rose from abject poverty to international fame. The bestselling, highest-paid, and most popular author of his era, London created a substantial body of work in his short life, drawing upon his experiences as a cannery worker, sailor, railroad hobo, and prospector.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book for anyone that likes wolves.
BBCS 4th Grade
My son and I read it together, and I have to admit that I was choked up at times.
girlincolorado
I read it as a high school freshman and loved the book.
Chris Gregory

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Silverman on August 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is three great books in one. One is the frequently used analogy of life as clay, where clay represents a creature`s givens, nature, instincts, physical form, and such, and the moulding (London's spelling) is the way that the clay responds to the events and forces of life. A second way is the nearly parable quality of the nature/nurture influences and compelling draws on one's development, and how this parallels human clay and mouldling. The third is the surface story. London's language is beautiful and spot-on in description and development. White Fang, born in the wilds of northwest Canada to a wolf father and a wolf/dog cross mother is the focus of the tale, the story's moving from before his birth, through time in the wild, to his involvement with humans. The transitions of White Fang's life are the moulding, but just as much, the heart of a well-told tale. In his life he faces a variety of challenges, some in nature, some of his `peers', and some from humans. The humans include both Native Americans and white folks of various temperaments and likability. This is a terrific story to enjoy on its surface merits, particularly if one is a `dog' person (as I am). As a conveyance to motivate thought on life and the twin influences on how it unfolds, it's a greater treasure, still.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BBCS 4th Grade on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Do you like wolves, adventure, and wildlife? Then White Fang by Jack London is a great book for you.

First, this book is adventuresome. White Fang goes on an adventure because his family threw him out of the pack so he lives in the wild and takes care of himself. While he is on his adventure, he gets in a fight with a bulldog and a female lynx. Does he win or does he lose? Read the book to find out.

Second, I like this book because it is exciting. White Fang goes to an Indian village and makes an Indian friend named Gray Beaver. Then he gets in a fight with Indian dogs that are nasty. Does he win or does he lose? Read the book to find out.

I recommend this book for anyone that likes wolves. It might be easy getting into this book, but it might be hard to get out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory on January 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
This was one of my first enjoyable reads. I read it as a high school freshman and loved the book. I recently reread it at the age on sixty-six and found it equally fasinating. As a dog lover, I can especially appreciate the tribulations of White Fang. Highly recommended for readers of all ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mwem on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anybody who is fascinated by the Klondike, the outdoors, or the psychology of behavior. This extremely well written book goes into the depths of the mysteries of the unknown from an animal's perspective, and dives into how behavior and environments can mold someone. You'll find that this book is extremely hard to put down. This book is a great read, 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By girlincolorado on August 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I can't believe I waited so long to pick this book up! My son and I read it together, and I have to admit that I was choked up at times. The prose is a little tedious at times, but it certainly works well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Campbell Defaoite on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book touched me. At the beginning, we observe the savage Northland Wild, and Jack London describes it marvellously. Our White Fang is born in to a litter where he alone survives. This again emphasizes the brutality of the Wild. He is brought in to an Indian camp, and is tamed, and I felt deeply for White Fang when his harsh master forced him to fight. The ending is brilliant as he is re-tamed. Jack London creates a true classic, because he makes a character you can emphasize with. This book is full of rich description, and a protagonist you can emphasize with. Marvellous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Galindo VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Somehow, someway I managed to escape the mandatory reading of this book in school. And, for some reason, I've never seen any movie about it, either. I don't know how I would have felt about "White Fang" if I had read it when I was 12, but at 51 I was fully captivated!

White Fang is part dog, mostly wolf, born to the wild, but domesticated to man and not always treated well. The tale is told to his perspective, so dialog is sparse and the point of view is very interesting. How does a wolf/dog think? How does he perceive his world? Does he simply act on instinct, or can he reason to some degree? The credit to Jack London is that he doesn't really give White Fang supernatural powers, nor make him anything more than what he is: an animal who acts as such.

Yet, through all that White Fang experiences - the good, the bad, the horror - you do NOT want to give up on this guy! Some parts of this book were, and are, very difficult for an animal lover to read. I love animals, and have a special fondness for dogs, and there came a time when I doubted I was going to be able to finish this book. Yet, I am glad I perserved to the end and stayed true to White Fang and to the man who becomes the hero in the book, Weedon Scott.

Among the complaints of this book is that Jack London was too descriptive and wordy. To some that might be, but Mr. London knew how to set the scene and make it come alive. The reader is in the Yukon, in the woods with the indians, hidden in the lair with White Fang and his parents. One can easily visualize all of this in what really is a very short novel. Another complaint I've read is the language used. Mr. London wrote this book in 1906, and the vocabulary used is evidence of that.
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