Book Review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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In the beginning of this book, Buck appears as a sated aristocrat. He lives his life without a care and has everything he could ever want. Oh yeah, Buck’s a dog. He lives at Judge Miller’s place, and thinks he’s the king of the whole estate. Then he gets kidnapped by the gardener Manuel and sold to a person. This person takes dogs to a place where they get sold to become sled dogs. When Buck gets to the place, he gets beaten by a man in a red sweater and learns the law of club. Then when he’s bought by a person going to the Klondike region, everything changes for him. Buck sees his friend Curly get devoured by hungry huskies. Buck gets whipped, clubbed, bitten, and almost starved to death. Then when he’s bought by new owners, they do the same thing, but more extreme. Will Buck come out of this alive?

I liked this book because it’s showing the changes that Buck is going through. First he’s a sated aristocrat, then he transforms into a primordial beast. The hardships that he goes through are very entertaining to read. I always think to myself, what if I went through those same hardships, would I change for the better, or for the worse? Recommended for 11 and up. They have to be that age or they won’t really pick up the concepts in the book.


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