- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Brown (December 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613820798
- ISBN-13: 978-1613820797
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,425 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 7 Up—In this new audiobook edition, London's classic adventure story (originally pubished in 1903) presents a vivid exploration of a world that will not be too familiar to the average young reader. The plot revolves around Buck, a St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix, who was the personal pet of Judge Miller in California's Santa Clara Valley. While strolling around the ranch as he was wont to do, Buck is taken by Manuel, the judge's gardener, and then sold to pay off some of Manuel's gambling debts. Crated and shipped off to Seattle, Buck's life is forever changed, as he finds himself in the hands of French-Canadians who take him, along with several other dogs, to the Klondike. There he is trained to be a sled dog, and Buck quickly learns the meaning of survival of the fittest. A fierce rivalry develops between Buck and the lead dog, Spitz, and, eventually, it is a fight to the death. Matthew Steward does an excellent job of bringing the bitterly cold and brutal world of Buck and the other sled dogs to life. Steward's enactment of the various human characters, their abuse and ruthless treatment of the dogs, will keep listeners captivated to the very end. Whether or not listeners are familiar with London's original, this audiobook will undoubtedly bring a better understanding of what it takes to live in a world that is wild and threatening, and through London's use of human emotions and traits that Buck reveals in this bitter, cold, wild adventure, it is one not easily forgotten.—Sheila Acosta, Cody Library, San Antonio, TX --This text refers to an alternate Paperback 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
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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)
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.