A review by adelita18
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London


I read Jack London in grade school, but didn’t come to really appreciate his writing style until reading him again as an adult. His style strikes me as being the grandfather to Steinbeck’s and Hemingway’s - direct, realistic, and brutally honest. There were some moments in the book I had to put it down and come back to the story later due to the brutality London brings to the fore.

I thoroughly enjoyed how the book gives the perspective of Buck and the animal realm. It was intriguing exploring the regression from domesticated to wild animal and the discovery of self that resulted from that process. Buck at any stage is a bad ass dog.