The Jungle Book
To tell you the truth, I don't understand why The White Seal is included in the collection, but the rest are related to the jungle in some way--not to each other.(less)
I didn't know that "The Jungle Book" was a collection of tales. Thanks to the Disney movie, I had always identified this novel with the story of Mowgli, the man cub raised by a pack of wolves. But another bedtime reading to my daughter makes me discover that this book is made up of seven stories, and only three of them tell about Mowgli ("Mowgli's Brothers", "Kaa's Hunting" and "Tiger! Tiger!"). The search for a place to live safe from hunters is told in "The...more
The Jungle Book ~~ Rudyard Kipling
Kipling, Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, & I have been on a long journey together. I started The Jungle Book nearly ten years ago. I lost my copy when I moved from the west coast to Chicago, found it again, picked up where I left off, lost it again when I moved to Wisconsin, and found it again in 2014. Since then, it's lingered on my nightstand waiting for me to join Mowgli again on hi ...more
Kipling writes beautifully. His stories are simple, engaging and profound at the same time. As a writer, I love him.
This is a childhood favourite. I read it first in translation, and then in the original. This is a true classic - it works for one as a child as well as an adult.
We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey, we know the names”
The opening poem of The Jungle Book: “Now Rann the Kite brings home the night” etc. is much more elegant than Axl Rose’s effort, but I feel it would be much nicer for you to read it in the context of the book.
Now if you are looking for a review from someone with an in-depth knowledge of Rudyard Kipling’s works you had better look elsewhere. My Kipling-fu is so feeble I did not even know The Jungle Boo ...more
The illustrated Jungle Book is a mixed bag of positives and negatives, and if your only experience of the story is from the films then you are in for a surprising revelation. Firstly the Jungle Book is not one story but an anthology of 7 short stories and 7 songs, and understandably with some more appealing than others. The contents include:
Mowgli’s Brothers (Story)
Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack (Song)
Kaa’s Hunting (Story)
Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (Song)
“Tiger! Tiger!” (Story)
Mowgli’s S ...more
I had read this collection of short sto ...more
The common understanding of The Jungle Book is that it is the story of Mowgli and his adventures, his friendship with Bagheera, the black panther, and the wolf pack, and his enmity with Shere Khan, the tiger. But surprisingly it is not so. It ...more
Also included are the tales of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Elephant Dance, and the White Seal. I would have to say that my favorite is Rikki Tikki Tavi, h ...more
...as he believes I read too much Abs books *wrinkles nose*
Commencing on the 8th of August (9 Aug - Aus time)
EDITED FOR Luke's review link.
This is the second time I read The Jungle Book. The first one was when I was in secondary school as I had to write an essay for it.
This story was memorable coz it was the same time when I first start wearing glasses. So, needless to say this was the very first story I read with my pair.
Back then though, you were conside ...more
I liked that all of the stories in this book showcased animals, and the themes of love, loyalty and friendship were deeply explored. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed all the stories except for the last two. They were pretty tiresome, and I found that I had to force myself to try and power throu ...more
An amazing five stars. I love this story. Brilliantly written by one of the greats.🐯👍
Big surprise, right? We humans are a monstrous lot.
That being said, this isn't just the source of Disney's Jungle Book, although a part of it is. It's also full of other great stories. Most memorable is Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose who kill ...more
The only particular reason I picked this one off my shelf was the feeling it's a "classic" of children's lit, which I felt slightly ashamed of never having had a chance to enjoy – I assumed must be classically marvellous. (I mean, I don't know if I ever even watched the Disney adaptation all the way through. I was actually expecting all Mowgli stories. More than half are not, act ...more
The characters were interesting and very different from the movie. For example, Baloo was apart of the wolf pack the whole time. His job is to train the pups. This is completely different than the movie.
All in all, I enjoyed this read! I’m glad this is my first classic, after starting up again. Also, ...more
This was my first book completed on the Serial Reader app, an awesome way to read classic works of literature in less than fifteen minutes a day. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading some classics, but who doesn’t want to get bogged down in them. And no, I haven’t been asked to advertise the app; I just really think it was a fantastic idea, and the execution of that idea was incredibly well done.
End advertisement. ;) Onto the story at hand.
Most ev ...more
The Jungle Book is one of the fabulous books in my list. Reading the book brought me a nostalgic feeling about my childhood when I used to watch its tv series. Those days were truly Golden. They are just a memory now, but thanks to this book that I can go back in time, whenever I wish and relive those moments. ...more
We start almost exactly how the movie starts: the man cub being found by the wolves.
However, it's because Shere Khan has taken him. Mother Wolf saves the baby. Baloo the bear is a wise teacher of the wolf pack and speaks in the boy's favour, as does Bagheera the panther, so the pack decides to let the boy stay. He is subsequently called Mowgli (little frog).
We then follow the boy through his ...more
The movie brethren of this tale resemble the source material in only superficial ways. Mowgli only features in less than half of the book’s stories for one thing. However every story is interesting and connected in theme and tone. All of the stories revolve around animals, like you might've expected, and while each represents different regions throughout the animal kingdom, each story has its own laws the animals must ...more
This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.
Kipling. His pen could write with a silver tongue. The sounds and denizens of the jungle come alive with his words. Now add th ...more
That Mang the Bat sets free--
The herds are shut in byre and hut,
For loosed till dawn are we.
This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.
Oh, hear the call! - Good hunting all
That keep the Jungle Law!"
Night-song in the jungle
'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling is a book of delightful short stories and poem-songs about talking animals. Five of the stories follow Mowgli, who as a human toddler was separated from his parents after Shere Khan, t ...more
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Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in ...more