What can I say about “The Call Of The Wild”? That this is a book about Buck, a dog.
So you know it’s good.
This was one of those books my sister gave me to read, because she liked it. And we both love dogs. I was sure I was going to take this little novel (it has 125 pages, more or less) and read it in a flash. However, that wasn’t the case.
If you love animals and you fell bad thinking about them getting hurt or feeling down, the first chapters will be hard to read. This novel is narrated from Bucks’ perspective, which surprised me at first, but that fact engaged me on continuing my reading. Won’t spoil it for you, but Buck, the dog, has a nice life, until he’s stolen and sold as a sled dog. There, we realize how Man can be cruel to the animals; using them to their own purposes and goals. Buck sees himself in a life of hard labor, beatings, and pack hierarchy, and soon releases the “beast” in him, living that life as a primitive, but not before feeling torn between the freedom of his past life and the wilderness of his new life. As I said, it’s a sad story, if you love dogs you will want to hug Buck.
But this story ends well for him, though.
At the end, he lives a peaceful life with his new owner.
As I said before, I think this novel isn’t that easy to read and follow – although it’s a short read. There were times I lost interest in it, but kept going because I wanted to see how it was going to end. I have never read anything from Jack London before, and I don’t know if I will again, but I think his words keep the reader going on because his descriptions are very good, and, if you read this book, you just want to read that Buck is happy and free, in the end.
My rating: 3/5