Book Review: The Call of the Wild, By Jack London

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Author – Jack London

Book – The call of the wild

Genre – Adventure fiction

Language – English

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Are you a fan of the wild, or the outdoors? Do you think deeply about nature? If yes, then this book is perfect for you.


Jack London's "Call of the Wild" is an old story, a children's story told from the perspective of a sled dog. This is remarkable.

Writing from Barker's perspective, an impressive mix of St. Bernard and Shepard, London allows readers to feel all the feelings when they talk about the Klondike gold rush in the Yukon in 1890. To create this historical novel, he used the knowledge he accumulated during the year he explored for gold in the harsh, frozen region.

London focused on Buck’s life. He was robbed of his lush home in California, sold to prospectors, and taken on the cold trails of Alaska and northern Canada. Buck's journey, which included club beating, new owners, fighting for food, arguing with other sled dogs, and fighting for survival, inspired the instincts of his wild ancestors and called for his spiritual power. The long journey turned him from a loyal pet to a rampant, sometimes even aggressive animal.

This adventure story, cleverly told in beautiful and simple language, definitely appeals to people of all ages. I can go on to describe how "Call of the Wild" is well suited for young reading, such as its courses on adaptability, inner strength, respect for authority, and respect for nature. But this is not a simple children's book.

London personified Buck and gave him a high-level human mind. Buck witnessed people's experiences and learned from them. He began to understand human nature, what makes people good or bad. Discover and make every effort to gain supremacy among your peers. 

He realized that to be part of an artificial society and succeed in it, he must abide by the rules of man. Buck perfectly represents the animals that live in an increasingly industrialized and human-controlled world.

Although "Call of the Wild" pays a lot of attention to animals and nature, I still can't help but feel that London is really using animals as substitutes for people. Before writing this book, London spent most of her time in the Yukon, and her experience there inspired most of the inspiration for the book. 

Like Buck at the beginning of the journey, humans generally become kind to the world around them. Cast the common people to central Alaska, they may die soon, I know I will die, however, like domestic dogs, our ancestors were strong survivors, they held out long enough for us to Go to the current position. 

The call of the wild repeatedly asks how far we are from the wild instinct, if they are still buried somewhere in us, what do they need to wake up again, and once they occupy us, can we turn back? It seems that as you observe life in prison, you will see how the dangerous and difficult environment can quickly return us to a group mentality where only the strong can survive, and these questions can be answered.

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London's book also examines the relationship between man and nature, and how our attempts to control and dominate nature are ultimately futile and will only lead to pain and destruction. Characters like the spoiled and arrogant Charles, Hal, and Mercedes are the best examples, and those who don't try to resist nature and go with the flow will find this path easier, as does John Thornton's The London Paper. 

Written in the book At the beginning of the 20th century, London will witness the increasing industrialization of the United States and the disappearance of life on the frontier of the Old West. There is no doubt that when London compiles this story, all of this will come to mind and, in a way, "Call of the Wild" can be seen as a response to the apparent domestication of America.

Reading "The Call of the Wild", I was also shocked by how London explored the primitive nature that Buck found in him and summoned his ancestors. There are many passages describing Buck feeling his ancestors and the ancestors of modern people. London seems to have such a precise understanding of evolutionary science and natural selection, which shocked me. 

To be sure, London has learned a lot about these ideas through his travel experience, but since Charles Darwin’s "Origin of Species" was published in London several decades before the creation of "The Call of the Wild", today it refutes evolution People, London’s ability to explore these issues has left a deep impression on me.

My ratings for the book: 4.1/5
You can buy this book easily from Amazon: Call of the Wild

Written By - Nachiket Kekre
Edited By - Anamika Malik

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