Missed this book growing up. I recently added an iPod Touch application that had this book in the library, so I got the chance to see what I'd missed. My first big surprise was that the story is told from the perspective of Buck, the dog. I mean, I knew it was about the Yukon gold rush and sled dogs, but I had no idea that Buck was a dog. Nice surprise, really.
High school literary analysis works great for this book. No wonder it is in so many curriculums. I did feel rather bludgeoned by descriptive words meant to set the tone and drive home the point that civility is a light veneer over our primitive nature. Like these words from a passage: hatchet, club, red-eyed devil, bristling, foaming, mad, bloodshot, fury, passion, jaws, shock. Right. What's your point, Mr. London? It's a little fuzzy to me. Like Buck. Hehe.
Next up, Robinson Crusoe, which I'm discovering bludgeons me with literary foreshadowing.
Unlike so many of the great dog books, including Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, the main dog in this story, Buck, does not just drop dead after a valiant fight in the last chapter. Instead, the book follows Buck's adventures in the Alaskan Yukon, where he learns to survive and thrive among other dogs, wild animals, and people. This is a survival story where the reader experiences Buck's human-like emotional spectrum. Buck does not consider himself a hero, nor does anyone view him that way. The reader, nevertheless, will root for him every step of the way during his difficult treks across Alaska. He outlives the animals around him because of his ability to quickly learn the "law of club and fang" and to learn what is worth fighting for and how to stage his battles. This book is a reminder that, ultimately, the laws of nature prevail over the cruelty that humans bring into this world.
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This book is one that all children should read. It details the life of an Alaskian Sled dog/wolf and his trials and tribulations. It was one of the best books that I have read in a while. I was surprised.
This book was chosen by my book club for this month's selection. I did not read this when I was in school, but I'm really glad I finally did. This is a wonderful tale of a dog named Buck who is stolen, sold and taking to the Yukon. It tells of his hardships and how he learns to survive and love. This is definitely will be one of my all time favorite classics.
The moving story of a proud dog who escapes captivity to become the leader of a wolf pack. Buck is a dog born to luxury, but betrayed and sold to be a sledge dog in the the harsh and frozen Yukon. This is the remarkable story of how Buck rises above his enemies to become one of the most feared and admired dogs in the north.
This is an excellent book of courage. Highly recommended.
What is there to say about this book? It's a classic for a reason. The tale of Buck, a pampered southern dog who gets stolen away to be made into a sled dog for the Alaskan gold rush is an ideal storyline to start with. On top of that, it is eloquently told by a man who clearly understands animals and animal behavior. A real tear-jerker, and one definitely worthy of re-reads.