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White Fang (Puffin Classics) [Paperback]

Jack London , Annabel Large
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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3 Mar 1994 Puffin Classics
Born in the wilds of the freezing Yukon, the wolf-cub White Fang soon learns the harsh laws of nature, growing fiercer and more independent in his struggle to survive. Yet buried deep inside him are distant memories of affection and love - can he learn to trust man again?

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; New edition edition (3 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858137403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858137407
  • ASIN: 0140366679
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack London (1876--1916) was born John Chaney in Pennsylvania, USA. In 1896 he was caught up in the gold rush to the Klondike river in north-west Canada, which became the inspiration for The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). Jack London became one of the most widely read writers in the world.

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sensational masterpiece 20 Mar 2003
By A Customer
I first read White Fang when I was 8 years old by nicking it from my uncle and since then, i.e. 20 years later, I have read it at least 50 times.
This is a truly sensational masterpiece. The way London describes the ever-lasting struggle for survival, the dangers present in true life along with the deep feelings and emotions of a half-wolf, is overwhelming.
By the end of the book, you realise that have falen in love with white fang and want him to be yours.
I most certainly recommend this book to all children and also grown ups. read this book once and then you will realise that London was a genius, who truly understood the human nature. In this book, London illustrates the different natures of human being: love, hatred, greed, vengence, justice, etc.
This is a book for all ages and I assure you that if you look beyond the dog and human masks, you'll never regret having read this book and you most certainly won't consider it a waste of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Called In From The Wild 21 Oct 2011
By BobH
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Right from the start `White Fang' grips the reader with the dramatic chase of Henry and Bill, with their dogs and a coffin-laden sled, across the Klondike snows by a pack of wolves. Henry alone survives. The story shifts to a mysterious she-wolf and her suitors in their hunt for food and internecine rivalries. The pack breaks up and the focus shifts to the she-wolf; but only for the time it takes her to bear a litter. Then that focus passes to one of her cubs, to be called White Fang. His first venture into the outside world is a brilliant description of exploration into a frightening environment (e.g. `It was bewildering. He was sprawling through solidity. And ever the light grew brighter. Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on. Suddenly he found himself at the mouth of the cave'.(P. 50)). Even so, after the cub enters the world of man, and is mastered by Grey Beaver, he appears to take on much of their thinking patterns. Gradually White Fang merges into the society of white men drawn by the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. `However, the clay of White Fang had been moulded until he became what he was, morose and lonely, unloving and ferocious, the enemy of all his kind.'(P. 109)
However, when Grey Beaver surrenders ownership to the insane `Beauty' Smith the ferocity of White Fang's life descends into nightmare. Tortured and ill-treated, White Fang develops what in humans would be called psychopathic behaviour. He relishes his regular fights to the death with canines of any description (plus a lynx). London describes vividly not mere `animal madness' but madness in an animal. `.... He hated blindly and without the faintest spark of reason. He hated the chain that bound him, the men who peered in at him through the slats of the pen, the dogs that accompanied the men....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I started reading this feeling very sceptical - I downloaded this book expecting it to be something else, so this book had to win over my disappointment. I'm glad I read it, it's absolutely astounding. London's description of the most basic the most primeval instincts and emotions are incredibly accurate and can be applied to both wolves and humans. For example, his description of the fierce protectiveness females have over their cubs, and the father's instinct to provide as he can. The feeling of rejection White Fang suffers when he is deserted, and his young mind trying to make sense of it.

At first, London's telling of the story seems very clinical and detached - but that reflects the mind of the protagonist White Fang, who relies on his ability to detach himself and assess his world for survival. The detail with which London (through the thoughts of White Fang) assesses the personality of each human he comes into contact with into such intimate detail - just from careful observation - shows a world of experience, intellect and the great skill of writing London possesses. If you like Austen's remarkable and intelligent subtle observations of her characters which tell you a great deal, you'd like this book - for London is as astute in his descriptions.

This is certainly a book I will read again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless quality 5 Jun 2012
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I have been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. I was given a copy of "White Fang" when I was about eight, i.e. about 60 years ago, as a prize (for English?) in primary school. Getting this prize was, I believe, a major cause of my appetite for books. Over the years, the prize itself and my memory of most of its contents had disappeared. I could remember only that the book was about a wild dog/wolf, and that I had read it many times and absolutely loved it. Late in 2010 I was given a Kindle. While I explored how to use it, I looked at Amazon's list of the top 100 free books for the Kindle. The list included many classics, "White Fang" being one of them. I downloaded it, expecting to find it to be just a childrens' book. Boy, was I wrong! Although now a pensioner instead of a small boy, I still loved it. What an illustration of the power of good writing! I do not doubt that this century old book will be just as good a read for an eight year old (or a 68 year old) in another 100 years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wowlf ! 17 Dec 2010
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when my dad got me this book i didn't think it would be anything special but once i started to read it i couldn't stop! the tension towards the end, i couldn't move with fright and upset! definately a must read...
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