From pet dog to savage wolf - The tale of Buck,
This review is from: The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
The story of a dog, Buck, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery is both a great animal story and a gripping read.
Buck lives with a family in Santa Clara Valley and lives a peaceful yet unfulfilling life. All this changes very quickly however...
By page 4, he is taken away by the treacherous servant, Manuel and, ten pages later, he is sold to the first of many owners, digging for gold in the klondike strike who intend to use him to pull a sled with many assorted dogs some friends, others foes.
Through the eyes of Buck, Jack London paints a great and terrible portrait of the harsh realities both man and dog faced through the snowy peaks of Alaska, often with fateful consequences. London also reveals incredible knowledge of the wildlife adventures of wolves and Buck's interactions with them are spine-tinglingly wonderful.
Buck has a hard life; he is made to work day after day without rest,is injured several times which are often nearly fatal and sees many harrowing and sad happenings.
No two characters, be they human or animal are the same; they are good, evil, clever, stupid and above all; believable!
The introduction by Melvin Burgess is decent and the illustrations by Martin Gascoigne are even better! Some of the greatest drawings I have ever seen in this great series of books, and indeed, any book!
I have had a cold recently, and picked up this book, which I got for Christmas. Like Buck's wolf-like behaviour; I devoured this book within 24 hours as it was a short read but a real page turner!
I can't wait to read White Fang!
I would recommend this book to any dog or animal lover!