Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book 2

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

It was a quick, enjoyable read. I first heard of this book watching Into the Wild. It was one of Chris McCandless' favourites, and ever since then I've always wanted to read it. Finally, I did. And for only $2 at a second hand store!

the Call of the Wild was a story about a St. Bernard dog named Buck, who was taken from his home during the gold rush in Alaska, and put to work pulling a dog sled in all areas of the state. It showed how Buck, who at one time was a home-grown, home-fed, nurtured animal, tackles the obstacles that confront him in the wilderness - the hostility of other dogs, the elements of the weather, horrible men - and how he comes to learn that he was meant to do this, be in the wild, all along.

It reminded me a bit of the movie Homeward Bound, and how animals will do almost anything to survive. But perhaps my favourite part in this book was when Buck meets John Thornton, who ends up saving Buck's life. And particularly how Buck discoveres that he never realized he could experience "love, genuine, compassionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Millers... but love that was feverish and burning, it had taken John Thornton to arouse."

Another book I'd suggest to my followers!

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