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The Call of the Wild (Whole Story) [Paperback]

By Jack London (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.27" Width: 6.95" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1996
Publisher   Viking Juvenile
Age  10-15
ISBN  0670867969  
EAN  9780670867967  

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The world's best-loved stories brought to life in the full context of their eras: The Whole Story series, with its unique documentary approach, makes the classics accessible to new generations of readers--as well as to audiences wanting to reread, rediscover, and newly appreciate these enduringly popular stories. The Call of the Wild by Jack London is the story of Buck, a dog abducted from his home and thrust into the merciless world of an Arctic north consumed by a quest for gold. To survive on the outer edges of civilization, Buck must endure many hardships, including bitter cold, the savagery of a life ruled by the laws of club and fang, and the lure of a strange and age-old call.

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More About Jack London

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jack London (1876-1916) was born John Chaney in Pennsylvania, USA. In 1896 he was caught up in the gold rush to the Klondike river in north-west Canada, which became the inspiration for The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). Jack London became one of the most widely read writers in the world.

Jack London was born in 1876 and died in 1916.

Jack London has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Classics
  2. Bantam Classics
  3. Barnes & Noble Classics
  4. Classic Starts
  5. Dover Books on Literature & Drama
  6. Dover Evergreen Classics
  7. Dover Thrift Editions
  8. Modern Library (Paperback)
  9. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  10. National Geographic Adventure Classics
  11. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  12. Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
  13. Puffin Classics
  14. Scholastic Classics
  15. Signet Classics
  16. Sterling Classics
  17. Viking Portable Library
  18. Word Cloud Classics

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Fabulous and Engaging for young readers  Feb 17, 2008
All of The Whole Story books are fantastic. My eighth graders love to read these because they enjoy the sideline information and pictorials that help them to better grasp the story. I bought a classroom set and have already requested for our school to invest in Tom Sawyer by this same company. Great Idea!
Well read, abridged version.  May 9, 2007
This is not a good version for a classroom setting. The cover doesn't reveal this.
Jack London - Part Prolific Novelist, Part Wolf  Apr 14, 2007
After reading "The Call of the Wild" or more precisely, after being transferred to another place and time, or even more to the point after being totally submerged into the being of this animal, I'm left completely awe-struck by London's work.

To see what Buck saw, to feel the forces and the instincts that he felt... that is the power of this book. Here's a passage from the third chaper to illustrate what I mean:

"At the mouth of the Tahkeena, one night after super, Dub (a member of the sled-dog team) turned up a snowshoe rabbit, blundered it, and missed. A hundred yards away was a camp of the Northwest Police, with fifty dogs, huskies all, who joined the chase. The rabbit sped down the river, turned off into a small creek, up the frozen bed of which it held steadily. It ran lightly on the surface of the snow, while the dogs plowed through by main strength. Buck led the pack, sixty strong, around bend after bend, but he could not gain. He lay down low to the race, whining eagerly, his splendid body flashing forward, leap by leap, in the wan white moonlight. And leap by leap, like some pale frost wraith, the snowshoe rabbit flashed on ahead.

All the stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plain to kill things by chemically propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy to kill--all this was Buck's, only it was infinitely more intimate. He was ranging at the head of the pack, running the wild thing down, the living meat, to kill with his own teeth and wash his muzzle to the eyes in warm blood.

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He as mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move."
The call of the wild   Jan 18, 2007
The call of the wild, by Jack London is a great book for all ages. Buck (the main character) is a tame dog in Santa Clara California living with Judge Miller, a man that everyone new and enjoyed. This changed when a rush for gold in Yukon made men need strong dogs to pull their sleds. Buck was a very strong dog and as a result, was kidnapped. He was then taken to Yukon where there was harsh snow and was very cold. He was treated poorly until he met John Thorton. John Thorton was very kind to Buck but then one day he died. Buck was left in the wild and became friends with a wild animal. I personally like it because it is always telling you what is happining in great detail. Jack London also got right to the point making it easy to understand.
the call of the wild   Jan 18, 2007
The call of the wild by Jack London is a great book for all ages. Buck (the main character) is a tame dog in Santa Clara California living with Judge Miller a man that evryone new and enjoyed. All this changed when a rush for gold in Yukon. These men needed strong dogs and because of the fact Buck was strong he was kidnapped. He was then tuck to Yukon where there was harsh snow and was very cold. he was treated poorly intill he met John Thorton. John Thorton was very kind to Buck but then one day he died. Buck was left in the wild and became friends with a wild animal and learned to live in the wild.

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