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Jack London - The Call of The Wild & White Fang (2nd Hand Hardback)

£4.70
SKU B000511
Synopsis

The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) are world famous animal stories.

Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890's, The Call of the Wild is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the 'decivilisation' of Buck as he answers 'the call of the wild', an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds.

In contrast, White Fang relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild which is civilised by the master he comes to trust and love. The brutal world of the Klondike miners and their dogs is brilliantly evoked and Jack London's rendering of the sentient life of Buck and White Fang as they confront their destiny is enthralling and convincing.

The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage, a powerful myth that still appeals to our collective unconscious.

Readers Digest illustrated edition.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback (No Dust Jacket issued)
  • Category : Fiction - Classics
  • Condition - Good
  • Published : First published 1903 & 1906 respectively. (This Edition 1991 - Readers Digest) 
  • ISBN : N/A
  • SKU : B000511
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : N/A
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Extraordinary both for the vividness of their descriptions and the success with which they imagine life from a non-human perspective, Jack London's classics of children’s literature are two of the greatest and most popular animal stories ever written. Recommended." - Booktopia.

The Author

John Griffith London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing.