Call of the Wild Critical Review

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The Call of the Wild, written by Jack London, is an in-depth work of historical fiction, taking readers in to the life of a dog called Buck. This is not a book I would recommend. At times, the story becomes so in-depth it is tedious, causing readers to lose concentration and possibly even interest in the story as a whole. At other times, it jumps from one scene to the next so quickly readers might wonder if they had skipped a page. These faults, along with others, disqualify this book from being a classic in my opinion. The Call of the Wild is divided into four parts, the first of these lasting only a few pages while Buck was living the lazy life at “sun-kissed” Santa Clara Valley with his master, Judge Miller. When the Alaskan Gold Rush began (for this story begins in 1897), Buck, a strong, big, dog was kidnapped and then sold to a group of miners in Alaska. This was the hardest and most traumatizing part of the story. The entire winter he was treated cruelly, along with the other dogs on the sled team into which he was sold. They were whipped, given exceedingly small portions of food, and just as little rest. But through this horrible time, Buck found that he was well adapted for the wild. When a kind man named John Thorton rescues Buck the following spring, the dog and owner become well suited for each other and Buck slowly slips back into the man-made world. However, he begins to feel restless, so suited had he become for the wild. He began to slowly detach himself from John as the passion grew stronger. He was responding to that peculiar call, leaving his home for days at a time to live how he felt he needed to live. When John Thorton died, as sad as Buck was, he felt a small relief and fully accepted the call of the wild. Despite the story having a good general plot, the book had a weak writing style. In the beginning of the book, for instance, there was plenty of necessary information; however, it was presented in a lackluster format. It...
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