Home > Genre, historic > Book Review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Book Review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Wolf howling at the moon.Summary:
Buck is a spoiled southern dog enjoying a posh life when one of the family’s servants steals him and sells him away to be a sled dog for the Alaska gold rush.  Buck soon goes from an easy life to one of trials and tribulations as the result of humans fawning over a golden metal, but it might not be all bad for him in the wild Alaskan north.

How did I make it to be 24 years old without having read this American classic?  My shame was somewhat alleviated when my dad told me he was in his 20s too when he read it for the first time.  Honestly, I can see why this book is talked about so much.

Jack London understands animals.  He doesn’t present them as talking to each other the way humans speak, but he does present them as sentient beings with unique personalities and ways of interacting.  It’s not easy for them to understand what humans want, and yet humans expect them to figure it out.  Of course, London also highlights the wildness at the heart of every tamed animal.  That is part of what makes them amazing, beautiful creatures.

I can’t say too much more without spoiling the book.  I can say that I rarely cry for a book, but I cried for this one.  Animal advocates would do well to simply encourage people to read this book.  I have a hard time imagining anyone not sympathizing with animals more after reading it.

Beyond that, London’s writing is vivid, the story complex and engrossing.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

5 out of 5 stores

Source: Audiobooks app for the iTouch, iPhone, and iPad

Buy It

  1. January 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is one of my favorite books ever. You should read its companion, White Fang. Just as good!

    • January 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

      I’ll see if it’s on the audible app! Thanks!

  2. January 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    thanks! for sharing

  3. January 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I haven’t read it either! I just went and downloaded it and White Fang while I was at it, so at least I’ll be able to fix that quickly.

    • January 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Yay! I have no idea how I went through American school through a masters and never had it assigned…..lol. I hope you like it, Meghan!

  4. January 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I haven’t read this either but I have the excuse of being english lol. I’ve vaguely heard of it but I don’t think it counts as a classic back here in blighty. None the less it sounds enchanting.

    • January 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

      It is definitely beautiful. I hope you do read it and spread the word over there!

  5. January 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I tried to read this book when I was in middle school, but I didn’t like to read books without girl characters (I don’t remember it having any, but its been a while) so I didn’t like it much. Sounds like I should give it another chance!

    • January 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

      Hmmm, there are some girl dogs, but the dogs are mainly presented as…..dogs. There is one female character, but she takes a bit to show up. I hope you do give it another chance! Middle schoolers can be fickle. 😉

  6. Laura
    January 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Did you see that Anita Silvey featured Call of the Wild on her Book-a-Day Almanac? You may enjoy her comments as well! http://childrensbookalmanac.com/2011/01/the-call-of-the-wild/

    • January 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

      I did enjoy the facts on Jack London in that post. Thanks for the link!

  1. June 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: