The Call of the Wild

London, Jack, 1876-1916

(Paperback - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Call of the Wild
Penguin Putnam
?No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild.?
--H. L. Mencken

One of the greatest American storytellers, Jack London enjoyed phenomenal popularity in his own time and remains widely read throughout the world. His work is characterized by thrilling action, an intuitive feeling for animal life, and a sense of justice that often manifests itself through violence. The Call of the Wild, perhaps the best novel ever written about animals, traces a dog?s sudden entry into the wild and his education in survival among the wolves.

Library of America Paperback Classics feature authoritative texts drawn from the acclaimed Library of America series and introduced by today?s most distinguished scholars and writers. Each book features a detailed chronology of the author?s life and career, and essay on the choice of the text, and notes.

The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Jack London: Novels and Stories, volume number 6 in The Library of America series. It is joined in the series by a companion volume, number 7, Jack London: Novels and Social Writings.

Baker & Taylor
A young dog, abused by men and his hungry rivals on a Klondike dog team, escapes to the wilderness and joins a wolfpack.

& Taylor

An accessibly priced edition of the early twentieth-century classic about a mixed-breed sled dog that heeds a primal desire to return to a feral life features an authoritative introduction and a student-friendly format. Original.

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Publisher: [S.l.] : Library of America : distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Group, 2009
Edition: 1st Library of America paperback classic ed
ISBN: 9781598530582
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC L
Characteristics: 102 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Doctorow, E. L. 1931-


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Jul 01, 2014
  • Howie_Nichols rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Someone must have spent too much time in the cold. Story took on a supernatural nature to it. Not realistic and certainly not believable. Entertaining? yes. A classic? to me, no.

Jul 20, 2013
  • blue_swan_55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't really understand the language used (I mean... it's English too, but I feel like it is Old English). All in all, it was a great classic. I really loved the plot and the theme was fascinating.

Mar 01, 2013
  • BMG2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books ever! Great story, a true classic.

Jun 16, 2012
  • oliviajak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although the language is slightly outdated, and sometimes difficult to read, I really enjoyed the story. The plot was very interesting, and the theme was fascinating. I got attached to the main character; the dog. The story had lots of deep emotion that really moved me. I would suggest this book ot anyone who enjoys literature.

May 18, 2012
  • dixiedog rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Having already read several condensed versions of Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild,’ my interest was somewhat tainted and therefore I did not enjoy the original classic as much as I should have. My advice, read this original first! Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Jul 01, 2011
  • swallowtailcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Call of the Wild is one of my favourite books. A wonderful tale of dog turned wolf, in a land where survival is not a given.......

Mar 20, 2011
  • Darnell rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As a slow reader this book was a fairly quick and easy read. As this story is told from the perspective of a dog there is not much dialogue but the author still manages to move the story along at a nice even pace. Something which is not easy to do.

Dec 22, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was the kind of real that, when it’s about animals, is almost difficult to read. That London could make me feel this way a century later speaks to the power of his writing in this little novel that packs a big punch.


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Dec 22, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark.

Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener’s helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and diverse small copies of himself.


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