Framing the Dialogue

The Call of the Wild

A couple of months ago I received an email from a group that associates itself with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (It was a novel that opened my eyes).  PBS Television is holding a “Great American Read” contest.  The email from the group noted that along with Atlas Shrugged, such novels like Fifty Shades of Gray were listed.  The impetus was to not allow Gray to make it and not Shrugged.  The list is very interesting and I’ve been voting pretty much every day since…and not just for Atlas Shrugged.

The list of literature had many books that I’ve read and many that I hadn’t so I purchased or borrowed some that I hadn’t read for decades (Don Quixote) and many that I hadn’t read…hence this review of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

“This first theft marked Buck as fit to survive in the hostile Northland environment. It marked his adaptability, his capacity to adjust himself to changing conditions, the lack of which would have meant swift and terrible death. It marked, further, the decay or going to pieces of his moral nature, a vain thing and a handicap in the ruthless struggle for existence. It was all well enough in the Southland, under the law of love and fellowship, to respect private property and personal feelings; but in the Northland, under the law of club and fang, whoso took such things into account was a fool, and in so far as he observed them he would fail to prosper.”

The basic story is through the eyes of a dog named Buck.  Buck is comfortable living with a family, but his life changes when he is stolen and sold to become a working dog in the cold North.  The novel shows the transformation of what would be a pampered pet to one where mere survival is a daily struggle.  Awesome book!

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