Rating: 3.5 / 5
THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London was the January pick for the #classicsbuddyread that I help to host on Bookstagram. Set in the Alaskan Klondike where survival is tough, we thought this one seemed appropriate to start off a new year after surviving 2020!
THE CALL OF THE WILD follows Buck, a Saint Bernard and Scottish Shephard mix who starts out living a good life at Judge Miller’s place. When he is four, however, he is stolen away and taken to live the life of a sled dog, dragging desperate men across the Alaskan Klondike in the search for gold. It is a rough life, full of violence and grueling work with little reward, but not all men are created equal and Buck meets a variety along his life’s journey.
I read this many years back, but I really didn’t retain a lot. The idea that this is a common children’s school read (so much so that the edition I got from my library includes questions and school project ideas at the back) is kind of shocking to me given the animal abuse and violence in this short novel. The author had experience himself as a gold prospector which enters into his story. Writing it all from the perspective of a dog certainly gives it a creative approach.
This is one that I’m glad I read, but not one I especially loved. It did make me want to give my little furry girl a lot of extra snuggles along the way. Where Buck was able to adapt to the wild, I can guarantee that Kylee would not be one to leave behind the comforts of home!