A book review of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild"
Take my review with a grain of salt as I've been reading a good amount of Jack London lately, so I'm pretty bought in. London's 1903 published short adventure classic "The Call of the Wild" was something I had heard about, but had never read. The book follows an anthropomorphized St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd dog, Buck, who undergoes a series of unfortunate events that take him from living a carefree life in California's Santa Clara Valley to a feral existence in Yukon, Canada during the 1890's Klondike Gold Rush. Throughout his journey Buck learns how to survive life while also returning to a state of primitivism, which seems to be a theme that touches upon Darwin's concept of survival of the fittest.
While reading, and as the story progressed, I found myself thinking about two ideas. One being that this dog is way smarter, determined, and stronger than I, or most humans, will ever be and two, regardless of what is thrown in this dog's way he always seems to overcome the most difficult of tasks. It was in a literal sense an underdog story. OK perhaps not totally literal, but there are accounts of Buck being under a few things...dogs, stress, the average income bracket of a normal sled dog. You know, normal life shit like you and I might go through, but instead of being human he's a dog so he already had that going for him. Without trying to spoil too much there's a point within the story that really stood out to me and that was when Buck realizes that humans are emotional and weak. All I can say is wow. If a dog can see how flawed we as humans are, but the majority of humans can't see it, who is really taking who out on a walk?
Regardless of the fact that there are plenty of books and stories with a similar story arc I found Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" to be entertaining, easy to read, and fairly quick to finish. There were no lulls in the progression of the story due to the short length and you can probably find the book for free. I got it for $0 through the Apple iBooks store.
All in all I approve. If you're looking for a quick adventure book that's timeless, free, and will make you question your own emotional strength in comparison to a dog, or if you just love dogs, this book is for you.