Call of the Wild by Jack London is a novella about a dog’s adventure and has made it’s way to lot of TBR lists for under 100 pages novels!
Buck is a dog of a judge and lives a luxurious, pampered life in California before he is stolen and sold to gold hunters in Alaska! He is trained brutally to become a sled dog, lives on meagre food and works hard, very hard! But Buck is a survivor, a quick learner and soon becomes a legend.
Then he finds himself with a new master, Thornton and develops a rapport with him where they save each other’s lives! He eventually listens to the ‘Call of the wild’ and joins a pack of the Wolves, as being a free animal in wild out there is what he needs to be!
It’s a story of struggle, survival and loyalty! The images, mostly of a dog depicting Buck, accompany the text well! Author paints a beautiful realistic picture of Alaska in your mind when you read that part of the book! It’ a quick read with a simple prose and is not boring anywhere! Might appeal more to dog-lovers 🙂
“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.”