A second different summary of The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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Call of the wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, is a story about Buck, a four-year old dog that is part Shepherd and part St. Bernard. More importantly, it is a story about the survival of the fittest in nature. Throughout the novel, Buck proves that he is fit and can endure the law of the club, the law of the fang, and the laws of nature. In the beginning of the story, Buck lives on Judge Miller's estate in California's Santa Clara Valley. He leads a comfortable life there, but it comes to an end when men discover gold in the Klondike region of Canada and there is a great demand for strong dogs to pull sleds. Buck is kidnapped by a gardener with a gambling problem on the Miller estate and, to pay off debts, sold to dog traders who teach Buck to obey by beating him with a club and, later, ships him north to the Klondike.

Arriving in the chilly North, Buck is amazed by the cruelty he sees around him. As soon as another dog from his ship, his friend, Curly, gets off the boat, a pack of huskies violently attacks and kills her. Watching her death, Buck vows never to let the same happen to him. Then, Francois and Perrault, two mail carriers working for the Canadian government, buys Buck, and he starts adjusting to a life as a sled dog. He learns the instincts of his wild ancestors; he learns to fight, scavenge for food, and sleep beneath the snow on cold winter nights. At the same time, he becomes fierce enemies with Spitz, the lead dog in the team. One of their fights is broken up when a pack of wild dogs invades...