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


I finally defeated this book for my reading of the Books that Shaped America list. I had a copy of this as a kid and tried it several times before the age of 10, and never could get into it. Having now made it all the way through it, I realize that the problems were probably 1. dogs and 2. violence, neither of which I've ever been into. The oblique style of the storytelling - laden with allusions that might have been lost on me as a little kid - probably didn't help. This having gone okay, I'm half tempted to re-try the most hated book of my childhood (one that my mother loved) Little Women.