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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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Dec 27, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 21 to 25, 2011

As a kid, I never read The Jungle Book. But the stories were hard to avoid, either as animated TV shows for children or as picture books.

The written version stands up very well for adult readers, I thought. It's beautifully written, the characters are sharply drawn, and the stories are well paced.

The prose has an odd flavor to it. I think Kipling is consciously mimicking the King James Bible. Consider the following paragraph:

"And what is a man that he should not run with his brothers?" said Mowgli. "I was born in the jungle. I have obeyed the Law of the Jungle, and there is no wolf of ours from whose paws I have not pulled a thorn. Surely they are my brothers!"

The Kindle edition (which I read) has the poems, although the formatting isn't preserved properly. This didn't bother me.

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