White Fang by Jack LondonDownload White Fang ebook. White Fang is a novel by American author Jack London (1876–1916) — and the name of the book’s eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang’s journey to domestication. It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London’s best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild.
Much of White Fang is written from the viewpoint of the titular canine character, enabling London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption.
White Fang has been adapted for the screen numerous times, including a 1991 film starring Ethan Hawke.
This review is not about the story White Fang itself but rather about the publisher. The story is FIVE STARS in my view, but Akasha Co. seems to have put all their efforts into the dust jacket of this (their) edition and that’s about it. They did not even bother to put in a Table of Contents for the chapters. First time I’ve ever come across a White Fang book that didn’t have a ToC, and this was a hard cover book that I bought, not some cheap $5 paperback.
This edition appears to be unabridged, which is a good thing. The tan/brown cover you see (with the wolf on it) is only the dust jacket. From the way there is a light tan band running vertical along the spine edge of the DJ, it might seem that the cover you see is the actual hard cover itself, since many hardcover books have spine reinforcement bands that look like that, but it’s not. The actual hard cover is blank, dark blue (on my copy, anyway).
The text in this edition is presented with each paragraph separated by double space, and each paragraph is not indented, which IMO is a cheap, website-esque way of presenting text in a book. This is in contrast to the traditional presentation in which the paragraphs are held apart only by an indentation in the first line of the paragraphs, and there’s no double space separating each paragraph from the next unless it is intentional to emphasize lapses in time or changes in POV, etc. The traditional presentation IMO is much easier on the eyes, makes for a smoother reading, and looks much, much nicer.
If you just want a copy to read and don’t really care about the presentation of the text, then I suppose this edition or any edition will do just fine. But for those of you who want a nice, robust, high quality copy for your library, I can’t really recommend this (Akasha) edition. The dust jacket does look nice, though.
BTY if I had been allowed to search inside this edition at the time I purchased it, and hence was able to see the presentation of the text, I would not have purchased it. Too bad I couldn’t find a hardcover edition at my local bookstore and so sort of ended up going with this one. Oh well.
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John Griffith “Jack” London (born John Griffith Chaney; January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.
Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen”, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.
London was part of the radical literary group “The Crowd” in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.
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