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Jack Londonís Call of the Wild is the story of a dogís journey from living a cocooned life in sunny California, to the unforgiving frozen dunes of the arctic. A manís greed stole Buckís comfortable life. He was sold by his masterís trusted servant to men heading south in search of that precious yellow metal--gold. Buckís journey through the harsh landscapes as a sledge dog, passing from one master to another, teaches him to survive in the ways of the wild. In the process, his natural killer instincts, made dormant by his brush with civilisation, awaken. Buck becomes the best sledge dog ever that walked the frozen trails to the land of gold. But thatís not the end of his journey. In fact, it had just begunÖwill he answer the call of the wild? Itís more than just a childrenís story or merely a dogís story, itís our story. Buck could have been the name of one of those gold hunters who had left their comfortable lives to venture into the frozen wild in search of gold. Thereís a difference though, Buck was forced. But arenít we humans forced too? Forced by the compulsion of greed, of having more, and yet more? Buck fought for supremacy among other dogs, Buck fought to be the leader, Buck killed, Buck protected those who needed protection, and Buck saved, even his master, from death. Among all the lessons that he learned, one of the first and the most important was never to fall. For, that meant being torn apart by other dogs of the pack. Doesnít this hold true for us as well? The novel has a universal appeal--it is deeper than what meets the eyes in the first read.--Submitted by Anonymous.
A beautiful tale of a 'house dog' torn from the comforts of hearth and home into the unforgiving wild. This is the story of Buck, who is sold by his loving master's servant to begin his life as a sled dog, when gold was discovered in the South. Buck takes us on a journey where the shackles of civilization are left behind, leading us to the unknown but familiar past. Forgotten senses are awakened and survival is key. The story awakens in us something forgotten. Something primal. The desire to be truly free.--Submitted by Sonia Renthlei
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