The Call of the Wild/White Fang/To Build a Fire

The Call of the Wild/White Fang/To Build a Fire Review

The Call of the Wild—Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

To this day Jack London is the most widely read American writer in the world," E. L. Doctorow wrote in The New York Times Book Review. Generally considered to be London's greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published in 1903. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. "No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild," said H. L. Mencken. "Here, indeed, are all the elements of sound fiction."
        White Fang (1906), which London conceived as a "complete antithesis and companion piece to The Call of the Wild," is the tale of an abused wolf-dog tamed by exposure to civilization. Also included in this volume is "To Build a Fire," a marvelously desolate short story set in the Klondike, but containing all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy.
        "The quintessential Jack London is in the on-rushing compulsive-ness of his northern stories," noted James Dickey. "Few men have more convincingly examined the connection between the creative powers of the individual writer and the unconscious drive to breed and to survive, found in the natural world. . . . London is in and committed to his creations to a degree very nearly unparalleled in the composition of fiction."

Title:The Call of the Wild/White Fang/To Build a Fire
Edition Language:English

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    The Call of the Wild/White Fang/To Build a Fire Reviews

  • Ian

    Fantastic stories - very entertaining and well worth a read. Would rate it 4.5 stars....

  • Josh Steiner

    Remarkable.Stated in the introduction, London considers White Fang a companion to Call of the Wild in that Fang is the "complete antithesis" of Wild. What makes both books so compelling are London's m...

  • Kimberly Willson - St. Clair

    Jeffrey and I listened to The Call of the Wild on our road trip home from San Francisco this summer. Our friend Joe Papp recommended it as a good novel to listen to because the cd book really makes th...

  • Sam

    These three stories, despite being written in the early 1900's, are still very readable and thoroughly enjoyable. London writes vividly and realistically and recreates the world of Northland for the r...

  • Peter Rock

    Wow. Admittedly, I hadn't read this for thirty years or so... The Call of the Wild is truly amazing; just the structure of this short novel is astoundingly fine. And the strangely exalted yet slightly...

  • Andalee

    This book is thematically so conflicting that one could lecture on it for an entire semester. The seemingly racist, spiritual, and existentialist undertones are coupled with the naturalist scientific ...

  • Leah

    A excellent collection of stort novels by an excellent writer. Focusing on a domestic dog's journey to wildness and a wild wolf's tale of domestication, The Call of the Wild and White Fang are perfect...

  • tish Ramsey

    Jack London is an amazing storyteller and every page is packed with adventure. I loved The Call of the Wild and found myself laughing, crying, and just holding my breath until the last page. He writes...

  • Sara

    I read "To Build a Fire" as a kind of companion piece or contrast to Into the Wild. The narrator describes the man as thoughtless. He doesn't think about life or value it, and this is of course obviou...

  • Lisboa Miraflores

    Jack London writes with such description and clarity that as you read, you begin to feel the bitter sting of the Artic rising up around you.These are the stories I can come back to time and time again...