Author: Jack London
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2003)
Pages: 365 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Bilingual English-Arabic version of the American Children’s Classic “The Call of The Wild”.
Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.
Description of Book:
Buck, the main character, is the son of a St. Bernard and a Scotch Shepherd dog, which gives him the appearance of an exceptionally large dog that looks similar to a wolf. Buck leads a comfortable life as the pet of Judge Miller in the 'sun-kissed' Santa Clara Valley of Northern California. Judge Miller's gardener helper,named Manuel, along with a friend, abducts the dog and sells him to a trainer of sled dogs, which were in great demand due to the discovery of "a yellow metal" in the frozen lands of Yukon, Alaska. Slowly introduced to the brutality of his new life, Buck is forced to survive and adapt to conditions in Alaska and Yukon. He works pulling sleds with other dogs, learns to steal food, and engages in power struggle with other dogs for the lead position in the sled team. His owners soon learn that even though his enemy, Spitz, fights like a devil, Buck is "two devils." He becomes the leader of the sled team after defeating Spitz in a battle. He then is exchanged to a mail carrier. He changes hands to a trio of incompetent owners, and is nearly starved and beaten to death. Eventually acquired by a kind and loving owner, John Thornton. When Thornton is killed by "Yeehat" Indians, Buck goes into a beastly rage and kills several members of the native tribe. Buck returns to the wild and becomes the alpha male of a wolf pack he met a few days before the death of Thornton. Of the world Buck enters, London writes "the salient thing of this other world seemed fear." It is a world of dream that Buck enters, when he becomes something of a legend, The Ghost Dog.
These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.