White Fang By Jack London White Fang, by Jack London is an amazing tail of survival and the wild. White fang is a wolf born into a cruel life, but endures it and becomes stronger because of it. He finds hate, but then finds love in the epic tail of this amazing animal. Two men, Henry and Bill go sledding with six dogs.
Each night they camp in the merciless wilderness, a dog is killed by a wolf pack. The wolves come closer to camp every night, until there are three dogs left. One of the wolves is different and bigger then the rest, a she-wolf, who's use to people and afraid of guns. One day the men's sled overturned and got caught up in trees. They had to untie the dogs to fix things. One of the dogs saw the she-wolf and took off after her, only to be ambushed by a dozen wolves.
The dog ran for his life, while Bill went with his gun to save him. Bill and the dog both became a meal to the wolves. A couple of nights later, so did the rest of the dogs. The only thing that saved Henry was sheltering in the middle of a fire he'd made. By the time the fire had died, other men came with sled dogs to his rescue. The she-wolf had taken off with her pack, only to abandon them to be with her one-eyed mate.
They traveled to an Indian camp and stayed a few nights, then found a cave where the she-wolf had her five puppies. The father loyally went out hunting for them and let them eat before he did. Sometimes food got scarce though and all but one pup died from hunger. The father also died from tangling with a sphinx. The last pup was curious one day, While his mother was hunting, he went out of the cave and got his first kill, baby birds. He also fought with the mother bird, but lost the battle from getting pecked.
Later a hawk ate that bird. Then the pup walked up to a stream and accidentally fell in. he was quickly swept downstream. Downstream the cub swam to shore and was met by a weasel and her babies. The pup attacked and was nearly killed by the mother weasel, but his mother came to the rescue. She killed the weasel and they ate it.
Later that year, the she-wolf brought back a baby lynx for dinner. The mother lynx got angry and came to their cave and nearly killed them, but the wolves ate her too. That night the pup learned it was eat or be eaten. They suffered injuries for weeks after that. One day the pup carelessly ran down to the stream to take a drink, when he came across five humans.
They came up to him and tried to touch him, but the pup bit one man and got hit. The pup whimpered loudly and his mother came running. She snarled at the men, but one just yelled her name out, "Kiche!" Kiche had been the Indian's dog. She recognized them and settled down. The men were very happy to see her, for she had ran away a year before. The men named her pup White Fang.
White Fang didn't like the humans, but they were as if gods to him. The pup often missed the cave. The other dogs at the camp were not his friends, so he became independent and smarter than them. One day Kiche was taken on a boat away from the camp. White Fang tried to swim after her, but was scooped from the water into a boat and given a beating for it. He was beaten a lot, but learned to tolerate it.
He became a troublemaker in the camp as he grew. He also became a good fighter, but became hated by both man and dog alike. That fall he ran away, but became lonely, so he ran for days back to the Indians. His master, Grey Beaver was pleased to see him return. When White Fang was eight months old, he pulled his first sled with a team of dogs.
Mit-sah led the team. Several months later, White Fang stole some meat from another camp. A boy tried to hit him for it, but was bitten instead. The boy and his friends blamed Grey Beaver for the wolf, so they attacked him. White Fang fended the boys off.
Later he was praised with meat. When White Fang turned one year old, he encountered his mother. She was back but she did not remember him at all. So White Fang left her alone.
When he turned three, a famine came upon the Mackenzie Indians and their dogs. The men ate some of the dogs to stay alive and the dogs ate each other as well. White Fang escaped into the woods though and hunted for food. He even killed young wolves and one wolf of a pack that chased him. He also caught up with his mother, who he quickly dismissed. Then White Fang went back to the Mackenzie Indians, where he was welcomed with great joy.
Upon his return, he was made leader of the sled team. Now he got along even worse with the other dogs. They tried to kill him, but he was too strong and could easily kill a single one of them. Grey Beaver had never seen a dog like him. When White Fang was almost five, Grey Beaver took him to Fort Yukon. There he saw his first white man.
White Fang hated other dogs so he killed many of theirs. A man called Beauty Smith had an interest in White Fang. White Fang hated Beauty Smith. Beauty Smith wanted to buy White Fang and Grey Beaver finally agreed. Beauty Smith took him to his camp. White Fang was tied up that night, but he gnawed himself free and went back to Grey Beaver.
Beauty Smith beat and whipped the dog badly for that. He did that only twice before being tied with a chain. White Fang was tormented a lot by this man and even made to fight other dogs, as men bet against and for him. He always won and was known as 'The Fighting Wolf.' One day he was taken on a steamboat to Dawson. There he continued to fight. He even fought other wolves and a lynx, but nothing could beat him.
One day when fighting a bulldog, two men, Weedon Scott and Matt came out of the crowd of cheering people and stopped the fight. Weedon liked White Fang and bought him. Weedon and Matt worked hard to try to tame White Fang, but he was vicious. Weedon wouldn't give up. Eventually Weedon was petting White Fang and feeding him. These men were nice to him.
White Fang had never been treated with love and compassion before now. He came to love Weedon. He even became a sled dog again. One day Weedon left for Circle City and didn't come back.
White Fang missed him so he wouldn't work or eat. Matt wrote Weedon about the matter. Weedon returned soon afterwards. White Fang was so happy that he snuggled against Weedon for a long time and was feeling back to himself again in two nights. Weedon would have to leave for California soon though. When Matt and Weedon got to the boat to part, they saw White Fang catch up with them.
He had broken through a window in the house to be with Weedon. Weedon just had to bring him along. Their destination was San Francisco. After they arrived, they were greeted by Weedon's mother. Then they went to Weedon's house and met up with his father and two dogs. White Fang was not pleased to meet the two dogs, but he didn't kill them.
Then he met Weedon's sister, wife, and children. They had many farm animals that White Fang liked to eat. Weedon had to punish him for it until he stopped eating them. Often White Fang followed Weedon into San Jose. One day they were walking there when a man encouraged his two dogs to attack White Fang. Weedon did not call White Fang away from them.
He let them fight and the two dogs were killed. The people there learned to never sick their dogs on White Fang again. One of White Fang's favorite things to do there was run beside Weedon's horse while he rode it. One day Weedon broke his leg falling off the horse. White Fang ran back home and started acting crazy until he got the family's attention. He led them to Weedon.
That winter White Fang fell in love with another of Weedon's dogs named Collie. Also a fugitive, Jim Hall, swore revenge on Weedon's father because he had been the judge that sentenced him to prison. One night, Jim crept into the house to kill the judge, but White Fang killed him first. White Fang was shot three times and beaten in the process. He shouldn't have lived but he did.
When he regained strength enough to walk, he found little puppies wanting to crawl all over him. He was a father. White Fang loved it. He finally had the life he wanted.
This is an amazing tale of courage and survival of an amazing wolf. It is a suitable book for almost any age. It was written with suspense and realistically captured the life of the amazing dog, White Fang.