The Call of the Wild was written by Jack London, an American writer. The story is about a dog named Buck. The book was published in 1903. The Call of the Wild is considered the Author’s best book.
This book is set in a region in Alaska that witnessed the gold rush. Dogs were used for transportation in the snow-covered region. As a result the demand for dogs rose and the prices for good dogs skyrocketed. This price hike inevitably created a black-market- style selling of dogs. It is against this back-ground that the story is woven.
Synopsis of the story
Buck is a big, strong dog and weighs one hundred and forty pounds and was no mere house pet. Buck was physically strong with his love of rigorous swimming and constant outdoor exercise. Buck’s great physic was the reason that the gardener's helper sold him to dog traders. The climate in Alaska was very harsh for the domesticated Buck. But Buck soon adjusts to the climate. Soon after the dog traders captured Buck, a man broke him with a club. Buck learns the all-important truth of the wild: The law of club and fang. Kill or be killed. Survival is above all. Buck resolved to himself to give way to men with clubs. In the beginning, Buck had problems with this new restriction, but learned that when his masters' hands hold whips or clubs, he must concede. Eventually in this novel, Buck throws away his old life completely and replaces it with his natural urge, the elemental version of himself, the Call of the Wild.
About the author
Jack London was an American author who wrote ‘The Call of the Wild’, ‘White Fang’, and ‘The Sea Wolf’ along with many other popular books. Jack London truly brings Buck to life. The narration is in 3rd person and the reader is told of Buck's thoughts and actions. The Author gave several ideal human qualities to Buck, including a sharp wit, rational reasoning, quick thinking, and grounded common sense.
Theme of the story
A recurring theme in the novel is the clash between natural instinct and domesticated obedience. Another underlying theme is the relationship between dog and master.
A book for children of the age group 11 -13