A review by actualresultsmayvary
The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


What an odd and pointless book.
It tells four totally unrelated stories which are linked only in their setting and that they vaguely involve dogs or wolves. They are also totally different lengths with one taking up over half the book and another only 18 pages.
The stories themselves are depressing, graphically gory and literally don't have a plot. They are just miserable snapshots mostly of dogs being abused but also of just general grim suffering.
There is also regular racism (as you often see in books from this time period).
It is beyond me to understand what possessed London to write and publish this book and how on earth it became a penguin classic.
The literally only saving grace of this book was that it was so short!

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