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COPIES I am happy to consider reviewing books on behalf of publishers However please note that I will publish my honest thoughts of the book If I do not like it I will and do feel obligated to point out the reasons why I would not recommend it to others I maintain an affiliate account with Amazon and receive compensation for purchases which originate via the Amazon link provided in any given review Tuesday February 24 2015 White Fang by Jack London One of the things our family absolutely loves to do is go on adventures together Jonathan and I were not experienced travelers by any stretch of the imagination when we got married but one thing we decided we wanted to do in building our own family culture was to incorporate travel into our lives This past month we had a trip planned to Southern California and this time we wanted to travel via Hwy 101 instead of I 5 Best decision ever In researching ideas for places to stop and things to see I noted that we could visit Jack London s Wolf House But we couldn t do that without reading something by Jack London first right Not reading London before traveling to his house would be all kinds of wrong I don t think I had ever read anything by Jack London before but I was a huge fan of the Disney movie White Fang growing up I don t think it s any thing like the book but I haven t re watched the movie to confirm this I was thinking that we could plow through the book and then watch the movie before we left town however the book was so intense that the kids opted not to see the movie This is not to say that they did not like the book because they did We all did But it was quite intense and I think we all have a newly developed fear of being eaten alive by wolves now The beginning of White Fang opens rather calmly and remains calm for at least a few pages We meet two men and their sled dog team who are traversing the cold Canadian wilderness They are pursued by an ominously dangerous pack of wolves There is a mysterious she wolf whose job it is to lure the sled dogs away from the camp fire after which they are well eaten by the pack Then one of the men are eaten alive which pretty much justifies our fear of wolves and set us trembling through the rest of the story Is this already too intense It gets worse better The she wolf who is part dog becomes close friends with a male wolf and the two produce a liter of wolf pups Most of the cubs die off because there is not enough food for all of them One pop survives and as you might surmise this pup is White Fang White Fang and his mother live near an Indian village and it becomes apparent that White Fang s mother is no stranger to life in submission to a human god and White Fang himself learns to submit to the leadership of these gods His wild nature becomes somewhat changed as he adapts to life with humans White Fang is essentially a story of a wolf dog who is born in the wild but is eventually tamed However this process takes many years and his experience under three particular humans shapes and molds him He experiences domination terror and love in turn We are told his story through White Fang s eyes Jack London does a terrific job of communicating to the reader what a wolf might think or experience as he relates to the world both in the wild and with humans I found his descriptions of White Fang s emotions if you will to be quite fascinating Note Teddy Roosevelt disagrees with me He thought Jack London was full of hot air Roosevelt called London a nature faker and found his writings ridiculous To give an example of what Roosevelt didn t like and which our family found interesting to amusing The hair bristled up on the grey cub s back but it bristled gently How was he to know that this thing that sniffed was a thing at which to bristle It was not born of any knowledge of his yet it was the visible expression of the fear that was in him and for which in his own life there was no accounting But fear was accompanied by another instinct that of concealment The cub was in a frenzy of terror yet he lay without movement or sound frozen petrified into immobility to all appearances dead His mother coming home growled as she smelt the wolverine s track and bounded into the cave and licked and nuzzled him with undue vehemence of affection And the cub felt that somehow he had escaped a great hunt London said of his own writing that he wasn t trying to state facts about nature but to offer something of a supposal based on observing the natural world Whether you like his attempts to personalize wildlife or not our family found London to be an entertaining writer He made us fearful yes but he also made us laugh This passage in particular got a good chuckle out of Bookworm1 age 8 1 2 This helped the cub s courage and though the woodpecker he next encountered gave him a start he proceeded confidently on his way Such was his confidence that when a moose bird impudently hopped up to him he reached out at it with a playful paw The result was a sharp peck on the end of his nose that made him cower down and ki yi The noise he made was too much for the moose bird who sought safety in flight But the cub was learning His misty little mind had already made an unconscious classification There were live things and things not alive Also he must watch out for the live things The things not alive remained always in once place but the live things moved about and there was no telling what they might do The thing to expect of them was the unexpected and for this he must be prepared Due to the nature of the book which focuses on a wolf s life in the wild and out of it we readers are exposed to a lot of blood Wolves hunt Wolves kill They bite with their sharp teeth and bring about pain and death Jack London spends a lot of time talking about White Fang attacking the throats of his victims and life blood spilling out of the great vein Having never read a London book before I was somewhat taken aback even though I loosely was aware of the story Truly it is a little graphic and after stumbling over a few such descriptions I noted that Bookworm1 was growing particularly uncomfortable Actually I didn t have to wonder about how he felt A few chapters in and he emphatically stated that he would NOT under any circumstances be watching this movie If I felt that he had to he would require me to preview it I didn t blame him one bit And after while I just edited those jaws of death Instead of silent attacks with ears and throats being ripped apart I just started reading And White Fang killed him This also sped up our read considerably as there are some rather long and frequent passages about wolves and dogs fighting one another The end of the story I am happy to say and Bookworm1 and everyone else is happy to say is a happy one Least I scare you off you should know that it is precisely the intensity of the story which makes it so compelling We had to know how the story played out We had to know it was a happy We wanted to know that White Fang would survive victorious and that he would be loved All of this is so and it made for a satisfying read On our travels we braved a wooded walk through the Jack London State Historic Park Bookworm1 said he rather enjoyed seeing it and it was fun to visit after having read one of his works We all talked about Jack London the man as something of a familiar friend Although honestly I don t think we would have been friends in real life Reading one of his books before visiting was an excellent decision as it made the entire place and the person of Jack London more real to us all It s one of my favorite stops during our recent travels Unbeknownst to us one of my children s friends from church prayed that our family would not be eaten while traveling about the countryside Thankfully we were not eaten and have lived to tell the tale of White Fang and take a walk through the woods We are a very brave people yes To see pictures of our trip to the house go HERE Here s a teaser photo for you Posted by Carrie at 8 30 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Classics General Fiction 6 comments Susanne said This book was around when I went to school but I don& 39 t think it was required reading as I& 39 m pretty sure I haven& 39 t read it Good for you guys for taking it on and then having the courage to do a walk in the woods 10 45 AM Barbara H said I saw this with the boys ages ago so much so that I don& 39 t remember much about it but we never read the book The probably would& 39 ve liked the book but I probably would& 39 ve done some editing such as you did Neat that you got to visit London& 39 s house right after reading the book The only author& 39 s homes I have visited were Carl Sandburg& 39 s and Joel Chandler Harris& 39 s mainly because they were nearby where we were living at the time 11 43 AM Shonya said I& 39 m having a hard time getting past But I DO agree that not reading London before traveling to his house would be all kinds of wrong He is a little vicious in his writing but well nature can be that way shrug 2 41 PM Carrie said Shonya I know I don& 39 t know how that happened exactly But I really don& 39 t think I& 39 ve ever read anything by London before Nature IS that way Which is why we read the book I in no way meant to suggest that one ought not to read London because wolves act like wolves Rather just a warning that a little editing might be necessary but no surprise should register for any reader 2 56 PM Stephanie Shepherd said Reminds me of when we read Julie of the Wolves and I did a little editing there as well Still one of our favorites from last year in my opinion I am making a note of this one for us and I sure wish we could get to the wolf house that would be so neat to see and gorgeous photos 8 13 AM Cassandra said I& 39 ve both read White Fang and seen the movie but it& 39 s been so long that I can& 39 t remember how closely related they are I don& 39 t remember the book being so violent though I should probably reread it before ordering a copy for my daughter lol I& 39 ve been thinking a lot lately about what to buy her in Mandarin and what in English where we should start I am dying to share my love of books with her especially since I know she likes to read 10 41 AM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom