Book review: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

It's a coincidence that I stumbled over this exciting adventure of a book. I can see that it's known as a typical book encountered at school, but we never had it, so it's completely new to me. I read about it online, and decided to check it out - and soon enough I was fading into the world of Buck and his beautiful adventure.

The Call of the Wild was written by Jack London and was first published in 1903. It holds the genres classics, adventure, young adult and historical fiction.

Buck is a crossbreed canine (half st. Bernhards and half shepard), a dog born into the luxury of a warm and welcoming family in California. One day, he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the Yukon territory, a freezingly cold and unknown place for a dog that never in his life has seen snow. Passed from master to master, Buck must learn the harsh rules of this new life where only the strongest survive. 

There are many reasons to why I'll remember this book. First of all is probably London's wonderfully detailed despriction of the nature. It's easy to picture exactly what it looks like up in the snowy and cold Alaskan terrain. Secondly, this is a classic story of a character developing to find itself becoming something completely different then what it was from before. It's genuinly exciting to read about all the obstacles and challenges Buck has to go through just for surviving. It's a story about a dog discovering the truth about himself, and about what the world is like. It's sad, it's funny and it warms your heart throughout the whole book.
“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.”
London also writes brilliantly. His descpriptions of Buck's thoughts is amazing, and the way Buck sometimes just does'nt think about things because it's just instinct, but at the same time can reflect over other things makes a perfect balance when making an animal the main character.
“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”
This is simply a really good story with deep character development and amazing descriptions. It's worth the few hours it takes to read it, because it's not really a long story at all.

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