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The Call of the Wild by Jack London was first published in 1903. It's an adventure novel that takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890's when around 100,000 people moved to Yukon in Canada in search of gold. During this time, sled dogs were in high demand, and the main character of this book is in fact a St. Bernard–Scotch Collie mix dog called Buck. Stolen from his home at a ranch and sold as a sled dog, Buck must learn to become more primitive and figure out how to fight for survival among his new, harsh conditions. His new owners are cruel and mistreat Buck, but eventually he finds a new, kinder owner in John Thornton. His journey to become a completely feral dog is complete when Thornton dies and Buck fights to become part of a pack of wolves.
London had spent some time in Yukon, living in a frontier town for almost a year. Exploring themes such as nature versus nurture, The Call of the Wild is written in a way that was 'a protest against the 'humanizing' of animals', as London accused other writers of doing.
№ 35 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.
№ 38 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.
Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.
This book has 31,805 words, 53 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1903.
Production notes: This ebook of The Call of the Wild was published by Global Grey on the 11th November 2018, and updated on the 20th July 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Bernhardiner' by Johann Till the Younger.
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