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Book Reviews of The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)

The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
The Call of the Wild - Aladdin Classics
Author: Jack London
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780689856747
ISBN-10: 0689856741
Publication Date: 2/1/2003
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Aladdin
Book Type: Paperback
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lisareinke avatar reviewed The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics) on + 123 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
mazeface avatar reviewed The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics) on + 66 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Okay, this story is about a dog, but, wow, what a great message it contains about the spirit of survival.
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