The Call of the Wild Synopsis
The Call of the Wild by Jack London is one of his most well known works and is the inspiration for the 2020 film. Published in 1903 the book is set in the 1880’s on the Yukon Trail during the Klondike Gold Rush. The book centers around the life of the sled dogs on the trail.
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The story of the Call of the Wild centers on a dog named Buck. Buck was stolen from his home in Santa Clara California, and sold into service as a sled dog. He eventually breaks free of his master and goes on an adventure of his own.
Due to his hard life he becomes more and more wild. As he has to live in the harsh Yukon where he experiences harsh weather, and has to fight off other dogs.
By the end of the book, Buck has removed any of his civilized nature and goes full out wild. London spent a year in the Yukon, and this had a lot of influence on this book.
The booked was later adopted into the 2020 film staring Harrison Ford. London would go onto write several books featuring dogs as main characters including: Jerry of the Islands, and Micheal, Brother of Jerry.
The first printing of 10,000 books sold out immediately, and the book quickly gained nation-wide attention.