This book was written as the companion book to Jack London's runaway bestseller The Call of the Wild. Seen through the eyes of White Fang—who is half dog, half wolf—the story follows the creature as he is forced to endure a series of harsh environments that turn him from his youthful innocence to mad-dog cruelty. Left on his own as a pup, he is taken in by Indians, where he is bullied mercilessly by the camp dogs. Then he is sold into bondage to a sadistic criminal, and becomes a lethal fighting wolf. Soon White Fang is "lonely, unloving, and ferocious." That is, until a young man named Weedon Scott comes along and offers kindness and friendship. But friendship is something that White Fang doesn't understand—yet.
White Fangis more than great storytelling. It is a careful study of the effects of our environments in forming who we are. With fascinating details of the Klondike gold rush and North American Indian life, it is also a remarkable snapshot of its time.
This edition of the enduringly popular tale, with striking illustrations and extended captions unique to the Whole Story, provides the background information modern readers could otherwise access only through a broad range of supplemental research. This distinctive approach places White Fang—first published in 1906—within the context of its era, bringing it vividly to life. A rich new reading experience is the result: readers can enjoy and understand the story in a way as close as possible to that of audiences when Jack London first wrote it.
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