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The Call of the Wild - a Timeless Story

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Ben is a semi-retired sixty something, having spent 30 years working within the UK Utility industry. A father of 3 boys and grandad of 3.

My first encounter with a copy of the book - The Call of the Wild - as a Christmas present when I was at the tender age of just 9 years old. That was way back in 1966 and even now, some 47 years later, I remember how thrilling and exciting a read I found it.

1966 was a good year here in England as I recall, Not least because in July of that year our nations football team had won the World Cup, and like most young lads I was still buzzing with excitement as the year drew to an end. But during Christmas 1966 I forgot all about the historic football tournament and my focus switched to that small neatly wrapped present. It may not seem like such a big deal these days, but this was the first time I remember having ever received a proper, grown-up's book. I recall how I could hardly bring myself to put the book down as I started to read it during the Christmas break. I must have re-read this glorious book three or four times during the year that followed and on each occasion I grew to love it more.

Written by American author Jack London,this book was published in 1903 and tells the incredible tale of Buck a dog who was stolen and sold as a sledge dog to work in the Yukon during the 19th century Klondike gold rush. At one time, I believed that it was this harsh unforgiving setting that gave the story its timeless appeal, and I suppose that to some extent at least it does, But more recently, I have come to believe that this story owes it's timeless appeal to way the author expresses the courage, tenacity, loyalty and devotion that Buck displays despite all the hardship and cruelty that he has to endure as his story unfolds.

Well, Christmas came and I was correct, Santa brought me that certain book, written by Jack London about a dog named Buck - and I wasn't disappointed - I certainly won't wait another 47 years before reading this again!

With such a wonderful story, it is perhaps not that surprising that the book has been turned into film. In fact there has been several adaptations over the years.

Do you like books with dogs as the main character?

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Have you read Call of the Wild ? What did you think?

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Yes. I loved it, but not so keen on the sad bits.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago from Redcar

      @MelRootsNWrites: I am so pleased that you enjoy the book also.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      I've read three of Jack London's books. Call of the Wild is one of them. He is a masterful storyteller and I consider this one of the best books I've ever read.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Excellent. I read both Call of the Wild and White Fang. Oh, that all today's kids would read this book. It would transport them to a time they could scarcely imagine, otherwise.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @favored: It is a great read

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Another classic book that I had as assigned reading for my students reading lists for the year. Glad to see it got a good review here.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @TanoCalvenoa: I think there are a lot of people out there with plans to re-read this book.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      One of my all-time favorite novels. I plan to read it again sometime.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @Namsak: Life has a habit of doing that...

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      I remember reading it many years ago as a young teenager. It capture my imagination so much that I determined to move to the Yukon and become a gold miner - but, of course, life got in the way and I never did, sigh! :(

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Timeless it's true!