Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 329: The Call of the Wild

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



I have another banned book for you this week, The Call of the Wild by Jack London. This book is frequently challenged for its dark tone and bloody violence and, as it is often read by younger teens, for age-inappropriateness. It was also banned in Italy, Yugoslavia, and burned in bonfires in Nazi Germany in the late 1920s and early 30s because it was considered "too radical."



Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland.

(Opening paragraph)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Originally published: 1903


Buck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit...

First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.





4 comments:

PlantPostings said...

Good choice. A tough read, but fascinating.

Heather said...

Thanks! It was good, but definitely an emotional read.

Alice Audrey said...

It was required reading for my dd in high school.

Heather said...

I know a lot of people read it in middle or HS, but none of mine did.