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  • Published: 15 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780804168854
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Call of the Wild & White Fang



Jack London based these two novels on his experiences in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. The canine hero of The Call of the Wild is Buck, a pampered pet in California who is stolen and forced to be a sled dog in the Alaskan wilderness. There he suffers the brutal conditions of nature and equally brutal treatment by a series of masters, until he learns to heed his long-buried instincts, turning his back on civilization and joining a wolf pack. White Fang charts the reverse journey, as a fierce wolf-dog hybrid born in the wild is eventually tamed. White Fang is first taken in as a cub by a band of Indians, but when their dogs refuse to accept him as one of them, he grows up violent, defensive, and dangerous. Traded to a man who stages fights, he faces dogs, wolves, and lynxes in gruesome battles to the death, until he is rescued by a gold miner who gradually earns his trust and devotion. Both novels grippingly dramatize the harshness of the natural world and what lies beneath the thin veneer of human civilization.

Jack London’s two most beloved tales of survival in Alaska were inspired by his experiences in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Both novels grippingly dramatize the harshness of the natural world and what lies beneath the thin veneer of human civilization.

The canine hero of The Call of the Wild is Buck, a pampered pet in California who is stolen and forced to be a sled dog in the Alaskan wilderness. There he suffers from the brutal extremes of nature and equally brutal treatment by a series of masters, until he learns to heed his long-buried instincts and turn his back on civilization. White Fang charts the reverse journey, as a fierce wolf-dog hybrid born in the wild is eventually tamed. White Fang is adopted as a cub by a band of Indians, but when their dogs reject him he grows up violent, defensive, and dangerous. Traded to a man who stages fights, he is forced to face dogs, wolves, and lynxes in gruesome battles to the death, until he is rescued by a gold miner who sets out to earn his trust.

  • Published: 15 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780804168854
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jack London

Jack London was born into poverty in San Francisco in 1876. Before his success as a novelist, London spent a lot of time avoiding a life as a manual worker and, in the process, experienced many things that became central to his plots. He ran away from home, bought a sailing boat and became an oyster pirate - a story recounted in John Barleycorn. His best-known novel, The Call of the Wild, was drawn from his own experience of the Klondike Gold Rush, a time that would inspire many of London's short stories as well. London became addicted to writing after winning a short story competition in the San Francisco Morning Call in 1893. It earned London $25, the equivalent of a month's wages. Dozens of books followed - including John Barleycorn (1913), The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). He published an average of three or four books a year. He died in 1916.

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