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Avatar for Andrea Pearson Andrea Pearson said:
My favorite in this collection is "To Build a Fire." When little things go wrong in the Yukon winter, the results can be tragic. A harrowing, pitiless tale.
posted Jan 15, 2009 at 10:50AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Call of the Wild and White Fang, both by author Jack London, are two of the best known and best loved books ever narrated by a couple of canines. In Call of the Wild, a pampered pup named Buck is dog-napped and transported to Yukon wilderness, where he makes an ideal sled dog for a number of alternately cruel and kind human masters before heeding to his natural instincts. White Fang is the antithesis of Call of the Wild and its companion novel, the story of a wild half-wolf who, slowly but surely, finds comfort and joy in human companionship. Both Buck and White Fang are tough, hard-working dogs with mad survival skills, and they’re going to need every ounce of their strength, common sense, and instinct to survive the threatening mix of nature and man that they each face. The setting of both novels is the stark, cold wilderness of Alaska in the early 1900s, and that atmospheric, barren land is as much a character as any of the desperate men, women, or dogs who inhabit it. Call of the Wild and White Fang are classics; there are dozens of editions available to readers, including graphic novel adaptations. The 2002 Modern Library edition presents both novels in one volume, along with another bleak but gripping Jack London short story, To Build a Fire.
posted Jan 15, 2010 at 1:52PM
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