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Call Of The Wild

Finally read a Jack London book. I'd been carting it around in my pocket for several months, maybe as long as a year. I remember seeing someone on the plane reading it and thinking: "I've got that book in my pocket computer!" (that and a small library), or more likely I was reading something else.

Good book, kind of an airport novel though. A fast read --about the same speed as one of those Maxwell Grant "The Shadow" novels (come to think of it I'll have to try reading one of those again --just for laughes.) One cool thing about it was that the story is told from the perspective of a dog. A dog that gets "sold into slavery". The slavery of pulling a sled in the great white north during the alaskan gold rush.

I liked this quote enough to bookmark it:

"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. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move."



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