A review by madwoman13
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


  • Is this rating dramatic? I don’t care if it is. I hated this book . I have a special relationship with my dogs . They are very loved and are probably over fed (oops) . But let’s just say this book was not for me by any means. The first chapter opens with this gambler selling Buck , a half Saint Bernard , half german shepherd. To be a sled dog. It was slightly boring. And then these people starting beating him and whipping him and clubbing him . And the author was very descriptive in this abuse.  Did I also mention that these people starved him and deprived him of water . They also did this to the sled dogs. That was just the first chapter . And then dog fights . there are many descriptions of the fights . I depised all of it . And then they start getting grievously tired and start dying one by one . We finally get to one of my least favorite scenes ever . In this scene , Buck is lying on the floor so utterly exhausted and on the brink of death . This heinous man , proceeds to beat Buck in such a horrendous manner while he is dying. I loathed reading it . Then John saves him .  That was literally the only part of the book I liked . Because Buck deserved some kindness. But then the ending ruined for me . So basically there’s another animal fight which I forgot why it happened. After that fight , Buck is on his way home when he sees that a slaughter happened and one of the victims is John . I hated that. The only one that truly loved him dies . He then joins the wolf pack . Which I also didn’t like . Because it was just so violent and dark and I hated it . I am not saying this book is bad . I’m just saying I hated it. #spoilers 

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