The Call of the Wild – A brilliant story of wildlife by Jack London

Novel Title : The Call of the Wild
Author : Jack London
Publication Date : 1903

Review – No one has succeeded in capturing the brutal side of wildlife so accurately as Jack London did. This novel is truly fabulous and highly recommended to the readers who love reading wildlife stories. Though I am not so interested in reading wildlife stories, but “Call of the Wild” was so engrossing from start to finish that I couldn’t set my eyes off from the book.

This novel revolves around a sheepdog named Buck who suffers the inhuman pain inflicted by the human race during the Klondike gold rush. Buck’s smooth and happy life is disrupted by Manuel, a greedy gardener who kidnaps Buck and sells him off to sled dog drivers and thus begins the life of hardship and pain for this sheepdog. Buck has to undergo countless cruel tortures inflicted by the human race and how he succeeds to adapt himself to the inhuman world is well described in the 1903 novel “Call of the Wild”.

                                                                Jack London

Right from the first chapter where Buck is lovingly brought up by Judge Miller, his first owner to the fast paced climax where John Thornton, his other master who is brutally murdered by the Indian tribes, every instance in this novel is fast-paced and seen through eyes of Buck, the sheep dog. Though this novel is bit lengthy, but the story telling of Jack London is so absorbing that you stay glued to the book.

“The Call of the wild” is considered as one of the most literary gem in the world of literature which narrated the bonding between a wild life creäture and human beings. If you are searching for a novel focusing on wildlife, then Jack London’s novel – The Call of the wild lives up to your expectations. Hollywood movie “Eight below” was inspired by Jack London’s several novels such as “White Fang”, “Sea Wolf” and “Call of the wild”. Call of the wild has adapted into motion picture several times in 1923, 1935, 1972 and 2009.

Once you complete reading this novel, you should also check out “Black Beauty”, “White Fang”, and “Sea Wolf”. Come, respond to the call of the wild!!!!

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One thought on “The Call of the Wild – A brilliant story of wildlife by Jack London

  1. Loved your review of this truly mesmerizing book. It is also heartening to see that you had also read this great quality adaptation that I had also read coincidentally.

    While Buck’s journey was indeed marked by the hardship of serving the human race, London also explored his own evolution- from a pampered pet to a hard-fighting animal who would soon learn what it is to survive in a hostile world as this. His own battles with the other sled-dogs in the team are also portrayed very compellingly and his own masters are also depicted in a natural light- they are neither extremely ruthless nor callous but are simply honest, hard-working men doing their job.]

    It should also be said that Buck was not really suffering along on the journey. Sure, there were hardships but London also explored his triumphs- the way he defeats his rival dogs and the way he commands his own team to deliver a headstart that makes them all proud. Hardships come when he is tortured by a pair of truly ruthless masters but things take a change for good when John Thornton, a man with a generous and loving heart, adopts him and teaches him the importance of love.

    Yet, it is heartbreak for Buck when Thornton is killed and when he himself avenges his master’s death in cold blood, thus diminishing every trace of civilization and restraint imposed by a human world. Where does an animal turn to after it has given up on human society? The answer is the wild and that is where Buck returns- to his destined path as a wild animal to be feared and not to be tamed.

    A timeless story indeed and a great review by you Prashant…

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