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The Call of the Wild (Global Classics) Paperback – November 29, 2014
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Grade 5 Up?These two classics receive fresh and worthy treatment in this new series. Children raised on computer games and frenetic television images may find the writings of Kipling and London to be old-fashioned and unrelated to the worlds they know best. That's why these books are a welcome addition to most collections. Kipling's stories of Mowgli, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and Toomai of the elephants and London's story of the heroic dog Buck are superbly packaged. The original, unabridged texts are presented along with period maps and photographs, historical etchings and engravings, and newly created full-color illustrations that supply invaluable detail and background. Generous and colorfully presented details about the places, times, people, events, and natural life provide vital context. In The Jungle Book, readers learn about the English colonization of India, the domestication of elephants, purported cases of "wild children" raised by wolves, India's thick-lipped bears, panthers, wolves, mongooses, Bengal tigers, and myriad other details that contribute to fuller and more enjoyable appreciation of Mowgli's adventures in the lush jungle landscape of 19th-century India. Similarly, visual and print information about the Klondike, the Alaskan Gold Rush of 1896, sled dogs, wolves, and Jack London enrich the reading experience of young people first encountering The Call of the Wild. Both books are handsome to look at, inviting to read, and a boon to anyone charged with introducing today's youth to classic works.?Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
Novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and often considered to be his masterpiece. London's version of the classic quest story using a dog as the protagonist has sometimes been erroneously categorized as a children's novel. Buck, who is shipped to the Klondike to be trained as a sled dog, eventually reverts to his primitive, wolflike ancestry. He then undertakes an almost mythical journey, abandoning the safety of his familiar world to encounter danger, adventure, and fantasy. When he is transformed into the legendary "Ghost Dog" of the Klondike, he has become a true hero. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Overall, Jack London's imagery is classic. My favorite line out of this book wasn't even about anything, regarding Buck's transport from the south to the artic... "Day and night the ship throbbed to the tireless pulse of the propeller, and though one day was very like another, it was apparent to Buck that the weather was steadily growing colder."
When: During Gold Fever; "There's plenty of gold in the west!"
The life of a pampered dog takes an unexpected twist when he is traded away into labor-intensive work in an underhand transaction. Once the proud Saint Bernard-Shepherd dog of a judge, Buck's new owners are gold diggers, determined to find gold in the west no matter how thorny the expedition may be. The weather is bitter, the weather is glacial, and Buck experiences the harshness of starvation, death of loved ones, hard labor, and bullying from other animals. Buck must find a way to cultivate and develop stamina and energy when his owners' resolve lead to few rest stops and food breaks. Along the journey into the west, Buck's perceptions on life change. At first, Buck detested his captors, but later he begins to respect and admire them. He learns to cower in fear to humans, fight for his life and strength when no one else will, gain respect from his fellow dogs, and be trusting of one human trekker in particular.
As someone who is not particularly fond of dogs or animals in general, I found this book to be a real page turner. The Call of the Wild is not simple a story about a dog and his survival of the winter. It is about the broader aspect of life. We emphasize with Buck when he must adapt to being beaten and deprived of love, we shed a few tears when we see how much perseverance Buck developed to ensure his survival. The characters, sights, sounds, and descriptions of the atmospheres and personalities are credible and helped me visualize exactly what was going on easily. The way Buck changes and grows throughout the story inspires me to reach beyond the realm of possibility in my endeavors.