- Series: Global Classics
- Paperback: 66 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503302946
- ISBN-13: 978-1503302945
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,431 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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This is the best scholarly edition of The Call of the Wild currently available, with a superb, wide-ranging introduction by Nicholas Ruddick that is a model of judicious lucidity. The edition is also greatly enhanced by a series of fascinating primary documents situating the novella in an array of turn-of-the-twentieth-century cultural contexts, including the Klondike gold rush, Darwin on dogs and men, theories of atavism and instinct, and controversies surrounding charges of plagiarism against Jack London. Highly recommended. --Jonathan Auerbach, University of Maryland --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I have read books written from the perspective of animals before, of course, but this one was particularly well done. It caught my attention fairly early on... I can't give you the exact page or chapter or scene that reeled me in, but I was interested pretty much from the get-go. I absolutely fell in love with Buck. I am a cat person, myself, but even I want a dog like Buck. One of the later chapters, "For the Love of a Man" I think it was entitled, just warmed my heart. My animals love me, as I love them, but I have known very few HUMANS who are as fiercely loyal and protective and adoring as Buck.
I also love the picture that London paints of Alaska and the type of people who were buying sled dogs to help them find gold. I was not there, of course, so I can't say how accurate his descriptions were, but I can honestly say that I can't imagine them being far off the mark. Some of them were really good people, and some of them were really bad people, but mostly, they were all just people. People driven by ambitions that colored every decision and choice they made -- sometimes to their advantage, and sometimes to their detriment.
I really, really liked this book. I would not say that I "loved" it, as "love" is a term I reserve for the crème de la crème of books -- usually in the fantasy genre, at that -- but I really did like it quite a bit. I think that the language and style of the book would put my son off of it (he is eleven), but I hope that he will read it when he gets a bit older and can look past the "old school" language (as he would call it) and enjoy the meat of the book. I think everyone should read this book at least once. I am a trifle ashamed that it took me 32 years of living to do it myself.
(Oh, and as far as THIS PARTICULAR kindle edition goes, I liked it. I liked that it came with the original illustrations from the book, though a few of them were a bit dark and hard to see, though, to be fair, that could have more to do with my Nook's settings than the illustrations themselves. Still, this is a nice edition, especially for the low, low price of FREE. :-p)
London's superb writing with accompanying sensitively drawn illustrations hastens your willingness to read on to the novel's end. London's observations about the learning curve of a wolf cub matches those of Goodall's non-fictional writings about her subject observed in the wilds of of Africa. London's verbal exploration of the natural order through fiction resonates factually. His prose conveys a rich vocabulary signifying his deep understanding about the neutrality of Mother Nature harsh regard towards all species. The fictional world he creates cobbled by facts merits an accompanying reading of Origin of Species.
These books used to be recommended for pre-teen and teen boys, but today some people would think they are too brutal, too violent. It is a judgment call, and there will be people on both sides of the argument.
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6th grade review: I really liked the book. I liked the storyline. Buck's loyalty to John Thornton was amazing. I would recommend this book to people who like to read.