Fiction

My First Review at the age of 12

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

I finished this book on July 4, 1971.

I was 12 years old and going into the 7th grade. I wrote my first book review back then. I wrote it on an index card my mom gave me. There was no such thing as cell phones, Facebook, Instagram or blogs. Our TV had three channels and no remote. A book was a book. No e-readers. I still read all of my books with a print copy. I will listen to audio at times if I’m on the road but prefer the physical copy of the book in my hand.

My First Review at the age of 12:

“I really did love this book. I may read it again and again. It was wonderful. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.”

Following are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called — called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

“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.”

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