The Call of the Wild: Jack London


Don’t come closer, or I’ll have to go

Holding me like gravity are places that pull

If ever there was someone to keep me at home

It would be you…

– Eddie Vedder

I had heard of Jack London, but never read his book until today.

First of all, he is American, not British, which came as a surprise to me.


You know, how sometimes people talk about books, saying, how perfect it is, how every sentence is where it is supposed to be, and no sentence is wasted.

I wasn’t that kind of person, probably because my English skill wasn’t quite there. But while reading Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild” I thought I finally saw what they were talking about.

I am not sure if whole book was perfect, but I could see how carefully some sentences are written. And how beautiful they are.

Straight at the man he launched his one hundred and forty pounds of fury, surcharged with the pent passion of two days and nights.

He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial. No lazy, sun-kissed life was this, with nothing to do but loaf and be bored.

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.

Maybe I just like how he talks…


I quoted a lyric from Eddie Vedder song (Guaranteed) in the beginning. That was theme song of movie, “Into the Wild,” and strangely, that was the story I was reminded by this book. Especially the part I quoted..  Uncanny. It’s like it was written for this book.