Jack London- oyster pirate, fabulist, troubled father, socialist, hobo and literary big-dog penned his most famous work, The Call of the Wild in 1903.
Jack London’s fable of the magnificent dog, Buck, who through kidnap, hardship and cruelty finds the blood of his wolf ancestors rising within him was an instant success with popular readership and remains a standard for children’s fiction writers and dogs alike to live up to today.
The story opens with Buck, a proud and mighty St. Bernard-Scotch Collie dog living a cushy existence in California as the canine companion of a respected judge.
To settle a gambling debt, feed his horde of children and fulfill turn-of-the-century racist stereotyping, ‘Manuel the gardener’ steals Buck and ships him to Seattle, where he is sold to cruel men in pursuit of the Klondike fortune in Canada. Thus begins an epic of human brutality and ignorance, a battle against the elements, a rush for gold and Buck’s transformation from house-pet into force of nature.
This book is beautiful and as powerful as it’s canine protagonist. Children and adults alike will be wowed by the ferocity and truthfulness of the narrative. You will fall in love with Buck and through him come to see humans for the strange creatures that we really are.
It’s a relatively short book, but this is storytelling at it’s best. This book has ambition, love and the type of adventure you can only get from the suggestion that there is a world different to your own just across the border; whether it’s Canada, the past or even The Wild.
Let yourself be called.
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