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Call of the Wild (Puffin Graphics)by Jack London
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Part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine accustomed to a comfortable life as a family dog — until he's seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog. There, the forbidding landscape is as harsh as life itself during the gold rush of the 1890s. Forced to function in a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, Buck adapts quickly. Traces of his earlier existence are obliterated and he reverts to his dormant primeval instincts, encountering danger and adventure as he becomes the leader of a wolf pack and undertakes a journey of nearly mythical proportions. Superb details, taken from Jack London's firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, make this classic tale of endurance as gripping today as it was over a century ago. One of literature's most popular and exciting adventure stories, The Call of the Wild will enrich the reading experience of youngsters, and rekindle fond memories of a favorite among older generations.
"Years ago, Classic Comics, heavily digested versions of classic novels, functioned as illustrated Cliff's Notes for students. Kleid (Ninety Candles, Brownsville) and Nino (Graphic Classics: The Invisible Man) have updated the old form with this adaptation of Jack London's perennial. Kleid's adaptation competently summarizes the original, introducing the reader to Buck the dog, the vile man in the red sweater and the sympathetic John Thornton, highlighting the main events from the novel and using London's most workmanlike sentences to keep the story moving along. Nino's black-and-white art has a nice kinetic, almost impressionistic quality. Unfortunately, his emphasis on movement over clarity makes it difficult to tell human beings from each other, let alone dogs, and obscures any real emotion. Kleid himself sums up the biggest problem with this adaptation in his afterword: 'London was smart — he went the novel route, where it's easier to get inside a dog's head.' The audience for this adaptation is blurred: older readers may just read the original, while younger readers are unlikely to understand either the art or Kleid's self-indulgent afterword, which tries to compare the adaptation to Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's groundbreaking (but arguably unsuitable for children) We3." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Two classic tales are brought to vivid life in these graphic novel versions, realistically illustrated in black and white.
This action-packed novel tells the remarkable story of one of the most feared and admired dogs in the north. This graphic novel captures all of the excitement and adventure of Jack London's classic novel.
In the last part of the nineteenth century Jack London visited the Klondike in northwest Canada because he wanted to find gold. He didn?ft find any but he returned with a story that is now one of America?fs greatest classics. This is the story of Buck, a wonderful, big dog. One day someone takes him from his home in sunny California to the very cold Klondike and he must work. Life is now very difficult and Buck must learn how to survive. Read about his adventures and how he adapts to his new life. Informational Sections: ??The Klondike Gold Rush
About the Author
Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden.
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