Share via Email Jack London: Huntington Library, San Marino, California. The Call of the Wild, a short adventure novel about a sled dog named Buck a cross between a St Bernard and a Scotch collie will be one of the strangest, and most strangely potent, narratives in this series. Its author was a one-off, too.
Plot summary[ edit ] The story opens with Buck, a large and powerful St. However, he is stolen by the gardener's assistant, Manuel, and sold to finance his gambling addiction.
He is shipped to Seattle. Put in a crate, he is starved and ill-treated. When released, he attacks his overseer, known only as the "man in the red sweater" but this man teaches the "law of the club", hitting Buck until he is sufficiently cowed but the man shows some kindness after Buck stops.
There, they train him as a sled dog. From his teammates, he quickly learns to survive cold winter nights and the pack society. A rivalry develops between Buck and the vicious, quarrelsome lead dog, Spitz. Buck eventually beats Spitz in a fight. Spitz is killed by the pack after his defeat by Buck, and Buck eventually becomes the leader of the team.
When Francois and Perrault reach Dawson with their dispatches, and are given new orders from the Canadian government, the team is then sold to a "Scottish half-breed" man, who is also working the mail service.
The dogs must carry heavy loads to the mining areas, and the journeys they make are tiresome and long. One of the team, a morose husky named Dave, becomes sick and is eventually shot.
Buck's next owners are a trio of stampeders from the United States Hal, Charles, and a woman named Mercedeswho are inexperienced at surviving in the Northern wilderness. They struggle to control the sled and ignore helpful advice from others, in particular the warnings that the spring melt poses dangers.
They overfeed the dogs and then starve them when the food runs out. On their journey they meet John Thornton, an experienced outdoorsman, who notices the dogs have been poorly treated and are in a weakened condition.
He warns the trio against crossing the river, but they ignore his advice and order Buck to move on. Exhausted, starving, and sensing the danger ahead, Buck refuses and continues to lie unmoving in the snow.
After Buck is beaten by Hal, Thornton recognizes him to be a remarkable dog. Disgusted by the driver's treatment of Buck, Thornton hits Hal with the butt of his axe, cuts Buck free from his traces, and tells the trio he is keeping him, much to Hal's displeasure. After some argument, the trio leaves and tries to cross the river, but as Thornton warned, the ice breaks, and the three fall into the river and drown, along with the sled and neglected dogs.
Buck comes to love and grow devoted to Thornton as he nurses him back to health. He saves Thornton when the man falls into a river. After Thornton takes him on trips to pan for golda bonanza king someone who hit it rich in a certain areanamed Matthewson, wagers Thornton on the dog's strength and devotion.
A king of the Skookum Benches offers a large sum to buy Buck, but Thornton has grown fond of him and declines. Using his winnings, John Thornton retires his debts, but elects to continue searching for gold.
However, Buck decides not to join the wolves and elects to return to Thornton, mirroring John's refusal to sell Buck. However, Buck returns to the campsite to find Hans and Pete murdered, then sees John Thornton has suffered the same fate.
Buck finds out the murderers were a group of Yeehat Indians. Buck eventually kills the natives to avenge Thornton, and he then is attacked by an entire pack of wolves. Buck wins the fight, then finds that the same timber wolf he had socialized with was in the pack he fought.
Buck then follows the wolf and its pack into the forest, and answers the call of the wild. Buck comes out of the backwoods once a year on the anniversary of his attack on the Yeehats, at the former campsite where he was last with John Thornton, Hans and Pete, in order to mourn their deaths.
Background[ edit ] Miners carry gear up the Chilkoot Pass to reach the Klondike California native Jack London had traveled around the United States as a hoboreturned to California to finish high school he dropped out at age 14and spent a year in college at Berkeleywhen in he went to the Klondike by way of Alaska during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Later, he said of the experience: They were successful in staking claims to eight gold mines along the Stewart River.
The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska/5. The Call of the Wild was first serialised in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of and was an instant hit. Jack London had already sold the rights to the novel outright for $2, Nov 15, · The Call of the Wild, novel by Jack London, published serially by The Saturday Evening Post in and then as a single-volume book by Macmillan & Co. the same year. It is often considered to be his masterpiece and is the most widely read of all his publications.
He had contracted scurvycommon in the Arctic winters where fresh produce was unavailable. When his gums began to swell he decided to return to California.The Call of the Wild was first serialised in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of and was an instant hit.
Jack London had already sold the rights to the novel outright for $2, The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in and set in Yukon, Canada during the s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand.
The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London. It focuses on the life of Buck, a pampered dog who lives with a wealthy family in southern California.
During the Gold Rush, Buck is captured, sold, and eventually shipped to Alaska/5(7). The Call of the Wild by Jack London was so good, I was happy for the long lines and slightly upset to put it away to watch the movies. It reads like poetry, it penetrates like good wine, it stays with you like a good long kiss and it leaves you wondering about a different world, the world of wild animals and dark forests and deep mysteries of time and nature.
Animal tales, especially those purporting to be based on the truth about the natural world, were in vogue by the time Jack London published The Call of the Wild.
Central to London's novel is the journey from civilization to the wild of an animal hero. The Call of the Wild Quotes (showing of ) “He was 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 .