Bryan Paul Sullo

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Spoiler Alert: The Hero Wins

In Writing on 21 November 2013 at 12:14 pm
The other day, I was listening to “Call of the Wild” as an audio book. For the uninitiated, Buck, the protagonist of the novel, is a dog who is taken from a genteel life on a country estate and thrust roughly into the life of an Alaskan sled-dog. Jack London is an amazing writer, who allows the reader to empathize with Buck and to see the world through a dog’s eyes without anthropomorphizing the animal characters in the story. But, I digress.
In the second half of the book, London relates three instances where Buck performs tremendous feats out of love for his master, a man named Thornton. Essentially, they are three mini stories within the novel. Introducing the third vignette, London writes, “That winter, at Dawson, Buck performed another exploit, not so heroic, perhaps, but one that put his name many notches higher on the totem-pole of Alaskan fame.” Read the rest of this entry »