First published in 1906.
This is the story about an animal who is three quarters wolf and a one quarter dog who goes from life as an Indian sled dog to a fighting dog owned by a cruel man, to a loving owner who tries to show this maddened savage creature the meaning of love and kindness. What is really unique about White Fang is that it tells of what might be going on in such a creature's head. It tells of what it is like living in a den out in the wild, tells of how White Fang first comprehends the wild and what he learns about the law of life. It explains what his first impression of humans, and of the harsh environment of all the other puppies and dogs in the camp. It is beautifully written and I would suggest it to anyone who likes long, thought provoking stories about dogs and wolves and the Northlands.
The fierce, frigid, merciless landscape White Fang, a cunning and quick wolf-cub, has learned to call home is filled with adventures for him. Born in a litter of five to a fierce she-wolf, he is the only cub to survive famine, the strongest and the most willing to live by far. As he grows his keen senses and sharp wits are the only thing there to protect him, when his protective mother no longer accompanies him on his occasional ventures out of the cave, his birthplace. Before long he has become acquainted with the other wildlife in his part of the country, escaping death many a time. However there is one last secret that the forest around him contains, which has remained hidden from his knowledge all his short life. As he stumbles upon it his entire nature is changed, is at war with itself. His instincts are overcome by a stronger, deeper feeling. Could it be that this secret holds a better life for him? Could this novelty which he stumbles upon so obliviously is his destiny? Could White Fang, the fiercest, wildest, most cunning wolf in the forest become, at last ... accepted?--Submitted by Danielle Pool (PENelope)
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