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Book Review: Call of the Wild

Viewed 194 times 2017-10-28 23:45 |System category:Life

Dating back to high school, I had read a book written by Jack London. That is called Call of the Wild. Today I reread it and started to understand more than I had in high school.

The lead role is a dog called Buck. Finishing up the whole book, we could get the clue as to changes in Buck. At the very beginning, Buck is well-civilized as a dignified dog around his living place. But then one of his master's servants exchanged him for money to pay for the debt with a man in red sweater, literally a dog trafficker. The red sweater made Buck docile by hitting heavily on Buck with a club and by not giving Buck food and water. Then Buck was traded to another man on the way to the North. The man was going to the North with his mates for the yellow metal there. Buck was brought to pull a sledge with other dogs. The environment there was extremely tough. The first time Buck experienced losing privilege over other dogs. He had to learn about everything when he lived with other dogs if he didn't want to be treated badly. On the trip, he learned the law of club and fang. When the club came to him, he knew he had better behave in compliance. He had to protect himself from other dogs' attacks with his teeth. The story isn't very long. So here I am not going to give all the summary of it to you.

What I desire to share with you is about how Buck changed from a civilized dog to a wild one. Most of people would say it is up to the severe environment. They could be partly true. But that isn't clear enough for us to understand the changes. I found that Buck was traded several times. Though he learned the lessons of law of club from his masters, he was always in compliance to all of his masters. But when he recognized his master was attacked by American Indians, he sprung to kill the enemies violently. Seeing his last master dead, Buck came back to the call of the wild. He accompanied with wolves, living in the valley. People near there were afraid to walk across the land for fear that they would be attacked by the violent but intelligent wolf with different features.

Buck once loved a human being--his last master, Thornton. His death left Buck resent with human beings and helped resurrect the wildness in Buck.

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  • North Korea has its rights to protect itself 2017-11-5 23:20

    China has excellent and numerous ground forces plus a substantial air force capable of tactical support. The ROK has good special forces who speak Korean and can (under Chinese command!) assist in a coup to overthrow the Kim regime in DPRK. The USA has excellent air and naval forces plus advanced technical expertise. The three governments must plan a coup to overthrow Kim in which China will be the leader. The objective will be the substitution of a government in DPRK that is acceptable to both China and the ROK. And all nuclear weapons will be removed from DPRK. The most criminal accomplices of the Kim family dictatorship must be killed. There will be some exceptions though. Those accomplices with high military and security ranks will be spared if they assist the coup. Following the coup, though, they will be paid a few million dollars and exiled to the country of their choice (to live in luxury; but under intense surveillance). When the new (socialist) government (under Chinese control) takes power, the ROK and USA will end their military alliance and all US forces will leave ROK. Plans can then be made to work towards eventual peaceful reunification of a less-armed Korea which will be allied to China. While some ROK special forces will assist the Chinese, they will leave the DPRK as soon as the coup is successful and the Chinese forces have occupied the DPRK and the DMZ. Japan and Russia will be fully informed once the coup begins. They will be consulted about the final results; but they will not exert any control. This is the way to achieve three things: 1. End the danger of war in Korea. 2. Rescue the people of DPRK from a government which is criminal, brutal and has no legitimacy whatsoever. 3. Begin a new era of cooperation, friendship and alliance between China and the USA. It's my view (as a Canadian North American) that the USA must end its excessive interventions in Asia. So let's see how the Asians can solve their own regional problems and allow the USA to withdraw! I admit that my solution is brutal and violent. But, sometimes, this is the best way to handle bullies like Kim. And I stress that this whole project must be planned in great detail,carefully-coordinated, and executed with great skill by China, ROK and USA to reduce its risk. None of the "amateurism" that occurred in Iraq, Libya and Syria!

  • North Korea has its rights to protect itself 2017-11-5 22:36

    As an impoverished small country wedged between regional powers, DPRK has long been walking a tightrope, often resorting to brinkmanship for survival. But pursuing nuclear deterrence against hostile adversaries has clearly gone overboard, as it disrupts the existing order in the region to the detriment of its only ally, and gets itself and China into a tight corner, leaving China with shrinking wiggle room for bolstering the regime in North Korea. Definitely not a wise move.

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