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The Call of the Wild (1903)


The adventures of an unusual dog named Buck, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd previously domesticated and even somewhat pampered, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events finds him serving as a sled dog in the treacherous, frigid Yukon during the days of the 19th century Klondike Gold Rushes in which sled dogs were bought at generous prices.

The Call of the Wild is one of London's most-read books, and it is generally considered one of his best. Because the protagonist is a dog, it is sometimes classified as a juvenile novel, suitable for children, but the story is still dark in tone and contains numerous scenes of cruelty and violence toward animals.

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