The Jungle Book

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Dec 11, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of fantasy animal stories by Rudyard Kipling. The tales involve Mowgli, an Indian child lost in the jungles. Mowgli is adopted by a tribe of wolves and is brought up according to the jungle laws by various animal mentors such as the black panther and the bear. He is fed the jungle diet. When he comes back to his village, the villagers are amazed by Mowgli's ability to talk to animals and considered by many to be a savage animal himself.
  

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling There is a poignance in Kipling's works. Even the stories he writes for children are tinged with the wisdom of a lonely & battle scarred adult. Although the five ... Read full review

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Was surprised on originally reading it how different it was from the animated movie. I don't think that they can even be compared because they are so different. Very much enjoyed reading it and the images were beautiful Read full review

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Contents

Mowglis Brothers
1
HuntingSong of the Seeonee Pack
33
RoadSong of the BandarLog
75
Mowglis Song
104
Lukannon
138
Darzees Chant
167
Shiv and the Grasshopper
199
Parade Song of the Camp Animals
229
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Kipling, who as a novelist dramatized the ambivalence of the British colonial experience, was born of English parents in Bombay and as a child knew Hindustani better than English. He spent an unhappy period of exile from his parents (and the Indian heat) with a harsh aunt in England, followed by the public schooling that inspired his "Stalky" stories. He returned to India at 18 to work on the staff of the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette and rapidly became a prolific writer. His mildly satirical work won him a reputation in England, and he returned there in 1889. Shortly after, his first novel, The Light That Failed (1890) was published, but it was not altogether successful. In the early 1890s, Kipling met and married Caroline Balestier and moved with her to her family's estate in Brattleboro, Vermont. While there he wrote Many Inventions (1893), The Jungle Book (1894-95), and Captains Courageous (1897). He became dissatisfied with life in America, however, and moved back to England, returning to America only when his daughter died of pneumonia. Kipling never again returned to the United States, despite his great popularity there. Short stories form the greater portion of Kipling's work and are of several distinct types. Some of his best are stories of the supernatural, the eerie and unearthly, such as "The Phantom Rickshaw," "The Brushwood Boy," and "They." His tales of gruesome horror include "The Mark of the Beast" and "The Return of Imray." "William the Conqueror" and "The Head of the District" are among his political tales of English rule in India. The "Soldiers Three" group deals with Kipling's three musketeers: an Irishman, a Cockney, and a Yorkshireman. The Anglo-Indian Tales, of social life in Simla, make up the larger part of his first four books. Kipling wrote equally well for children and adults. His best-known children's books are Just So Stories (1902), The Jungle Books (1894-95), and Kim (1901). His short stories, although their understanding of the Indian is often moving, became minor hymns to the glory of Queen Victoria's empire and the civil servants and soldiers who staffed her outposts. Kim, an Irish boy in India who becomes the companion of a Tibetan lama, at length joins the British Secret Service, without, says Wilson, any sense of the betrayal of his friend this actually meant. Nevertheless, Kipling has left a vivid panorama of the India of his day. In 1907, Kipling became England's first Nobel Prize winner in literature and the only nineteenth-century English poet to win the Prize. He won not only on the basis of his short stories, which more closely mirror the ambiguities of the declining Edwardian world than has commonly been recognized, but also on the basis of his tremendous ability as a popular poet. His reputation was first made with Barrack Room Ballads (1892), and in "Recessional" he captured a side of Queen Victoria's final jubilee that no one else dared to address.

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