Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Buck is a dog. Buck has lived a life of relative ease and leisure on a lovely California estate, everything he needs is handed to him and he is universally adored. Soon, though, the lure of gold in Alaska will lead to Buck's new life in the bitter wilderness as a sled dog among the wild creatures of the North.
I am not really a dog person. I am not really an animal-book person either. The only reason I picked this up is because my daughter is reading it for her 7th grade English class. But guess what? It's actually pretty stinking good! The writing is beautiful - descriptive and surprisingly entertaining. His adventures are both triumphant and heartbreaking, I appreciate London's ability to turn Buck into a being with a soul and a memory. I probably wouldn't ever read it again, but I can imagine it'd be a great book to discuss in an English class :)