By Jack London
Originally pubished: 1903 by Macmillan
This edition: 8th September 2011 by Puffin Classics
Yippee – There’s also a free Kindle edition!
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Synopsis: Buck the dog happily lives on a ranch in California until he is stolen and sold as a service dog to work in Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck has to quickly adapt to this harsh and inplacable climate and find his place in the pack to stay alive. Buck is gradually stripped of his civilised veneer and, as he becomes more feral, the call of the wild coaxes him to give in completely to his natural instincts.
💜 What I Loved 💜
Buck and John Thornton’s relationship. John Thornton steps in while Buck is being brutally beaten and saves Buck’s life, creating an unbreakable bond between man and beast. John Thornton cares for Buck and Buck protects Thornton on a relationship built completely on respect. We all love our dogs but it’s really touching to see the devotion dogs show towards their owners from the dog’s perspective. It’ll make you want to put down your book and go give your dog a cuddle!
💀 Bad Bits 💀
This book is not for the faint hearted. There are many, many scenes of human on dog and dog on dog violence which are described with brutal honesty. The violence is never gratuitous and reflects the realities and savagery of nature but, if like me, you love our little canine companions to death (and there’s a lot of death explicitly NOT caused by love!), you may find some of the passages difficult to stomach.
🌟 Cherished Character 🌟
I really liked the character of John Thornton. Yes, he understood that dogs at this time were part of a business venture, merely a tool to most, but he also showed respect and compassion to fellow living beings. His dogs were devoted to him, and if dogs like you, I like you!
🐙 Magical Moment 🐙
When Buck completely succumbs to the call of the wild. Not only has Buck survived, he has mastered the wild. He has thrived. He is king.
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That’s book 2 of my Classics Club Challenge!