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

adventurous dark emotional inspiring sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I haven't read this book since middle school and I had forgotten how much I loved this classic. Jack London is one of my all time favorite classical writers and Call of the Wild has always been my favorite of his. 

Buck, a large mixed breed dog, was stolen away from his home in California and beaten into submission in order to become a sled dog during the Yukon Gold Rush. During many owners, Buck soon overcomes many obstacles including a battle with his enemy, discovering love for a master, and coming to terms with the wild instincts. 

Despite the dark themes of animal abuse, starvation, and even dog-fighting, this book maintains a a strong theme of overcoming challenges.  (06/2023)

4 out of 5 Stars 

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