Publishing Co.: Scholastic Paperbacks for this edition
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I do this thing now, since Covid hit, where I keep one book at work for reading during my lunches. It lives at my job and doesn’t get to come home until it’s a good little book that’s been finished. When I was done reading this, I went on Goodreads to see what other works London had besides this and Call of the Wild and man, was the section on his white supremacy bigger than his career and I HAD NO IDEA. I mean, now that I’ve read it again after 20+ years, it’s obvious. White people were referred to the superior white gods at one point and Native Americans were heavily stereotyped.
Dogs and wolves really don’t care about the color of anyone’s skin so that whole aspect was unnecessary anyway.
Moving past my mind being semi-blown, this was also clearly written before there was much research about wolves. London provided too much human reasoning to a canine brain. For example, it was against the law of nature for White Fang to attack Collie because she was a female. Anyone who has been around a lot of dogs or what we now know about wolves, knows that domination has no gender lines. (This is just one example.)
Moving past all of THAT, I still enjoyed myself and have no doubt why I was obsessed with this as a kid. It’s still a fun aspect to learn about adapting to the world through the eyes of a canine or any animal. How animals are shaped by both nature and nurture.
I also appreciated the character of Beauty Smith in which, London showed the action of a true degenerate to animals and that it only takes one man to stand up to animal abusers like him. People like Beauty Smith are cowards and don’t deserve to have animals in their lives and have a beat down coming to them one day when they’re caught.