The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel and is one of the most translated works in the history of literature, making it one of the most widely read American classics. The story follows the gradual transformation of a tame dog, Buck, to a state of fierce wildness in which Buck adopts the primordial instincts of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
Based on experiences that Jack London had when he worked in the Klondike gold rush, The Call of the Wild is filled with characters, events, and descriptions that could never have been created through imagination alone.
Sometimes regarded simply as a children’s animal story, The Call of the Wild is filled with ideas that repay mature and thoughtful consideration, and the book is read by strong readers of all ages.
Without distracting from the story, examples of the author's use of language, grammar, and poetic techniques are highlighted by Michael Clay Thompson. The glossary defines words that may be unfamiliar.