My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this book as the two books separately and with 5 years in between. So I’ll speak more to the author’s style rather than the stories, because quite frankly, I don’t remember the details of The Call of the Wild since I read that one 5 years ago. I do remember that I put the whole book down and did not continue on with White Fang until this past week because of my critique of the author’s writing style: so much descriptive detail! Some is great, but I feel like there was too much here. This is the same critique of Charles Dickens I have. The story gets a little lost in the description of every rock on the side of the road and would be blessedly much shorter as well. I would say that both of these stories are more of an extended, metaphoric social prose rather than stories. Thinking of them that way makes me accept the sluggish, boring descriptions more. However, they stories are very endearing when you get past the social commentary.
I do apologize that the books I’ve selected to read and therefore am reviewing seem a little… less than stellar. Probably 6 weeks ago, I learned that my little town now as 3 Little Free Libraries. I never purchase books in physical form anymore (unless they are all time favorites or textbooks), but I do have a small pile of books that either I purchased in a pinch of needing SOMETHING to read (like on a trip), started, got bored with and put down OR were given to me by some fellow book loving friend or relative. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a book lover, but since the advent of the e-reader, I’ve gone that direction with my personal purchases. So I have this small stock pile of books that I believe do not deserve the physical space they take up in my life, because they do not fall in the all time favorites category. I’m attempting to crawl my way through these either boring or random books so I can donate them to the community library. And that my friends is why you will being seeing boring and random results from my book reviews for the next little while. These books may be off kilter, but they deserve to be read before I just toss them in the donation bin, in my opinion.