Plot summary[ edit ] The story opens with Buck, a large and powerful St. However, he is stolen by the gardener's assistant, Manuel, and sold to finance his gambling addiction.
Add your rating See all 38 kid reviews. Buck is a large dog living the good life on a comfortable California estate in the late s when he is kidnapped and transported to the Yukon to be a sled dog during a gold rush there.
At first he tries to rebel, but he is soon beaten into submission. As he passes through a succession of owners, he finds that ancient instincts from his wolf ancestors are awakening within him, enabling him to survive and prosper in the brutal wilderness of the North.
It is a tale that is brutal at times but ultimately an uplifting story about inner dignity and what it takes to be a leader.
Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Written in a style that is at once muscular and poetic, it is both an adventure story and a meditation on civilization versus savagery, with savagery clearly having more appeal to the author.
As Buck gradually reverts to the instincts and behaviors of his wolf ancestors, he becomes both more alive and more truly himself. This, and its implications for human beings, gives young readers plenty to think and talk about, which explains why this book continues to be a favorite for discussion groups and classrooms.
There's a brutality here that not all children will find to their taste, and modern American children are more likely to want to discuss the way Buck is treated than the way he acts. The sensibilities that drove the author and his original audience have changed dramatically since the time this book was written, and animal rights and treatment are a hot topic with children these days.
This, of course, can also prompt interesting discussions, though they may be different from what the author was thinking of when he wrote it.
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about how values and sensibilities have changed in the century since this was written.
If this had been written about events happening today, would you react differently? Would the book have been received differently?
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Book Summary Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Buck, a huge, four-year-old half-Saint Bernard and half-Scottish shepherd dog, is living a life of civilized ease in California's Santa Clara Valley in the home of Judge Miller.
The Call of the Wild is the classic dog novella, the book to check out if you want to know how dogs were portrayed in classic literature. Nobody could deny Jack London's reputation in his genre, and thousands of readers seem to love his dog stories/5.