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The Jungle Books

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No child should be allowed to grow up without reading The Jungle Books. Published in 1894 and 1895, the stories crackle with as much life and intensity as ever. Rudyard Kipling pours fuel on childhood fantasies with his tales of Mowgli, lost in the jungles of India as a child and adopted into a family of wolves. Mowgli is brought up on a diet of Jungle Law, loyalty, and fr...more
ebook, Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 327 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1894)
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Once again, I'm struck by the savagery that resonates throughout Kipling's writing. It would be so easy to think of The Jungle Book in a more Disney-fied light: talking animals, singing, the rhythmic cadences of a fairy tale or lullaby. But overarching all that is the ever-present reminder that the world of the jungle is a world of nature, red in tooth and claw. Mowgli is raised by wolves and instructed by Baloo for the explicit purpose of survival in a harsh world that actively seeks his d...more
Yeah, yeah, ignore the White Man's Burden stuff. Kipling is one of the best storytellers who ever lived, and neither the author's obnoxious politics nor a complete butchery of this wonderful wonderful story in its many terrible movie incarnations can take away the fact that the Mowgli stories of this and the Second Jungle Book are some of the greatest tales ever created. Read this, for real. It's a classic.
Kipling je spadao u one britanske intelektualce, s kraja 19. i početka 20. veka, koji nisu bili svesni da je vreme britanske imperijalne politike bilo na zalasku. Svojim romanima i pesmama često je slavio ideologiju britanske kolonijalne imperije i Engleze posmatrao kao narod koji će doneti drugim necivilizovanim narodima KULTURU (bičem i lancima) i usput opljačkati što više resursa. Ideologija imperijalizma oseća se snažno i u njegovoj zbirci pripovedaka za decu Knjiga o Džungli (doduše ne tak...more
A series of stories, mostly but not always set in India. I did not know when I first picked this up that not all of these tales feature the most famous character: Mowgli, the baby carried off by a lame tiger and rescued by wolves, who grows to be master of the jungle. (In this, he predates Tarzan by a couple of decades.) I remember reading some, but not all, of this book many years ago, but I remembered little of it, especially from the second book.

Some of the tales are well-known ("Rikki-Tikki-...more
Nov 23, 2008 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like adventure stories
I read this to Nick because I read it myself as a first grader. (Yes, I was a precocious reader.) Since I haven't even glanced at it in the quarter century of intervening years, it was interesting to come back to it.

In some ways I was disappointed as an adult reader. The formal, quasi-Elizabethan language the animals use to talk to each other struck me as pretentious, which I don't believe was at all my original reaction. There was that almost total lack of female characters that is almost inev...more
Jason McIntosh
really a beautiful collection of stories. Though the book somehow leaves out the inclusion of Baloo singing "the Bear Necessities" ... a gross oversight in my opinion.
Jaycee Lam
Vì mình đọc bản Việt nên mình sẽ review bằng tiếng Việt.

Chuyện Rừng Xanh là một quyển sách thú vị. Mình rất thích câu chuyện của Mowgli dù cho nó có khác với phiên bản của của Disney, Mowgli của bác Rudyard Kipling rắn rỏi và linh động hơn cậu nhóc hay hờn dỗi của Disney rất nhiều.

Hai nhân vật Baloo và Bagheera vẫn là hai nhân vật yêu thích của mình dù là trong phim hay truyện, cả hai đều thể hiện được tình bạn sâu sắc của hai con vật đối với cậu bé loài người *chấm nước mắt*.

Bagheera, mình đã...more
John Yelverton
A classic children's story that everyone should read at some point in their lives.
Aaron G.
When I was little, I was read this book by my mother. It was a red book with gold lettering, and it still sits on my bookshelf. Still intact, still with its bright red color and its shining gold lettering. Yet I can't remember the book itself... I remember the feel of the cover; the almost rough surface felt pleasant between my two hands... Yet still, I can't remember reading it. I hope to read it again someday, but for now I will just imagine the golden lettering and the bright gold letters. Th...more
Nicholas Karpuk
In a really roundabout way, Kipling is responsible for you crying at Bambi (I didn't cry, I was just confused. The subtlety of the gunshot of camera didn't register. I spent the rest of the movie thinking Bambi's dad had gained sole custody. I was kind of stupid kid sometimes.) The Jungle Book is one of the early popular cases where an author so thoroughly anthropomorphosized animals.

It's really a smug assumption that fits well with the British imperial mindset of the book. In a position of safe...more

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Brennan Wieland
Similar to many of the Grimm Brothers stories, Disney has taken several of the stories from "The Jungle Books", and toned them down to a child's level movie, while the true story is much darker.

In "Mowgli's Brothers" a mother wolf finds a baby in the forests and adopts it, but not without trouble from the other animals, especially Shere Khan. Once the baby grows, he hears of a plan that Shere Khan has against him, and he must leave the animals and return to mankind. In "Tiger Tiger", the story t...more
Before Tarzan there was Mowgli, lost in a jungle in India as a child and taken in by a family of wolves. He is raised by the animals of the jungle, and has adventures with them. He learns loyalty and devotion and the Jungle Law. Every small boy eventually grows up but, to pararphrase Kipling, his adult adventures are a different story. Written in 1894 and 1895 the two collections of adventure/jungle/wilderness stories are included in one volume. Mowgli and his stories are the vast majority, but...more
All I've ever known really about the Jungle Book was confined to the film version, which is a far cry from Rudyard Kipling's original. My first surprise, was that this was an anthology, not just the story of Mowgli (but that is by far the best story in the collection). My next surprise came in the language of the story. Kid's read this?

This story did wonders to explain the gaps in learning, creativity. boldness, and initiative between previous generations and the current one. In the 19th century...more
David Caldwell
I only came across volume 2 in my local library.

This is not the Disney version. There is bloodshed and killing, but it is the violence of nature. In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, you have the young moongoose fighting the king cobras that had ruled the garden before he came. In The White Seal, seals fight for their spot in the breeding grounds and hunters culling some of the "bachelor seals". This isn't violence for the sake of violence though. It is just a fact of real life.In both of the stories it is off...more
Jan 20, 2011 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: booklovers, classic lovers
Shelves: at-home, on-my-nook
If your only exposure to The Jungle Books is the Disney cartoon, put that story out of your head before you pick this up. Mowgli's tale here is about 90% different than Disney's portrayal.

This is actually two books- The Jungle Book and the Second Jungle Book. Each of these books, is actually a compilation of short stories. Our friend Mowgli appears in many of them. But you'll also find Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the White Seal, and many others.

I don't usually care much for short stories, especially when...more
I liked these tales. These tales were very different from what I expected. They were darker than I expected with themes associated with dominance, power, submission, and superiority, inferiority... I guess these themes do fit in well with a I can't say that they were inappropriate. Sometimes I felt that shame was more associated with characters in the story than a regal sense of nobility..this really surprised me and I felt somewhat disappointed with this.. I did like the stories none...more
I hadn't picked up my Kipling collection in a long time and references to it in "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" made me long for my old friends. Old friends in Rikki Tikki Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants, but new discoveries, too, as I had never read the real Jungle Book with its stories of the destructive Red Dog the heartbreak of The Spring Running and the lessons of Puran Bhagat. Here the wisdom, humor and fearsomeness of Bagheera, Kaa, Grey Brother, Baloo shine through as they cannot in a Dis...more
Emi Haag
i liked this book. i kinda remember the jungle book story from my childhood but this made the whole story come to life by reading it. the book tells the story of how a toddler wanders into a wolf cave. and mama and papa wolf adopts the human cub who becomes enemies with the feared tiger. as he grows up in the pack he becomes mentored by a bear named baloo and a jaguar. his enemy tiger persuades the pack into believing that the human cub needs to be killed. so he escapes from the pack and is adop...more
What a delightful adventure! Mowgli is an endearing man-cub / member-in-good-standing of his Seeonee wolf pack / loyal friend to Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, and lastly, a loving son to his biological mother! How I enjoyed reading about his life in the jungle of India, as well as learning the names of the animals in their native language. It was also delightful to read the text in Kipling’s “thee” and “thou” format.
It is funny in a way to think of these as “children’s books” when they are filled with...more
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The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling
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I am not a great lover of short stories but this had been on my shelf awhile, to be honest I expected it to be novel made up of stories about Mowglis adventures in the jungle but it was actually a collection of short stories about animals and life in the wild some of which happened to feature Mowgli and the animals typically associated with him.

There were 2 stories set in the antartic/ artic featuring a while seal and a group of Inuit and their huskies, not...more
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
This was one of my favorite childhood books, and it is as good as I remember. I loved the Mowgli stories so much as a kid. I loved wolves, and Mowgli was raised by wolves. His brothers were wolves. The villagers called him a wolf. I wanted to be him, but had to satisfy myself instead by living vicariously through him and his adventures with Akela the lone wolf, Bagheera the black panther, Baloo the bear, and Kaa the rock python. There is a wonderful cast of ani...more
Pretty sure I just read a very, very abridged version of these. I liked Kipling's writing style and, naturally, I always enjoy some good down-home Elizabethan English. (I'm experimenting with this thing they call "sarcasm". See, it's funny because I live in California. Anyone? No? Whatever. I tried. I do like Elizabethan English.) That said, I don't think I'll ever bother to locate the full version of these stories because Mowgli is kind of a dick. I haven't seen the Disney movie version since I...more
I read this as a "I need to be culturally literate" read. I enjoyed about 2/3rds of this. And to be honest, had to force myself through the other 1/3. Glad I read it but glad it is done.
I loved reading about India. I also loved how Kipling characterized the animals and made rules and laws to the jungle. Nothing like the movie of course, but interesting still to read.
I loved the beginning of the book but I think I found myself getting bored as it went on and progressed.
I knew that the Mowgli stories were only part of the book and I remembered rikki tikki tavi from a school reading book but I didn't enjoy the stories of cruelty in the seal culling or the poor elephants and camels who serviced the British raj in India. I particularly disliked the self conscious moralising to his audience of parents and children about following the rules and taking your punishment bravely. Times have changed since it was written , I suppose it sounded fine when it was written but...more
Some of these stories are quite good. Some are really tough to get through. Overall they are far more difficult than I had hoped. First published in 1895. How times have changed. These unabridged stories cover the globe, although most are set in jungles, and most of the jungle-set stories are the 'Mowgli stories'. I love the fantastical idea of the Mowgli stories... but in order to use them for my boys at this point, they would require an 'update' and a ton of edits. I think I listened for well...more
Tyler True
A delightful old classic I only recently discovered! According to the accompanying essays, most of the rest of Kipling's oeuvre is disappointing, but The Jungle Books are sublimely creative. Various characters are rotated through each story so that they reappear as hero, antagonist, minor character, or point of reference. Even the human hero, Mowgli, takes on these different roles. All the jungle creatures reveal individual characteristics without being personified. By the time Mowgli regains hu...more
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

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“I will remember what I was, I am sick of rope and chains -
I will remember my old strength and all my forest affairs.
I will not sell my back to man for a bundle of sugar cane;
I will go out to my own kind, and the wood-folk in their lairs.
I will go out until the day, until the morning break -
Out to the wind's untainted kiss, the water's clean caress;
I will forget my ankle-ring and snap my picket stake.
I will revisit my lost love and playmates masterless!”
“A black shadow dropped down into the circle. It was Bagheera the Black Panther, inky black all over, but with the panther markings showing up in certain lights like the pattern of watered silk. Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path, for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down.” 22 likes
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