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The Jungle Books

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  86,308 ratings  ·  1,243 reviews
The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling's philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. They are best known for the 'Mowgli' stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Signet Classics (first published 1895)
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Tim O'neill This includes the first three stories from the Jungle Book, i.e. the only ones mentioning Mowgli. The movies correspond to the first and third stories…moreThis includes the first three stories from the Jungle Book, i.e. the only ones mentioning Mowgli. The movies correspond to the first and third stories, and the second is sort of a sequel (altho not very similar to the Disney sequel). The rest of the stories in The Jungle Book are non-Mowgli related, but do include the famous Rikki-Tikki-Tavvy.(less)
Rory There's the 100th anniversary MacMillan edition which reproduces the illustrations for their 1903 edition. The link has been provided below:

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There's the 100th anniversary MacMillan edition which reproduces the illustrations for their 1903 edition. The link has been provided below:

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Luffy
I've reread this book so many times. It was, for most of my adolescent life, the ultimate masterpiece by an English author.

I'm always puzzled by the fact that movie adaptations diverge from the books. So they know better than Kipling, don't they?

My favorite story is Red Dog. What a great, grandiose stage set for Mowgli and Kaa, and of course, for the wolf pack.

Quiquern was a lesson about storytelling rather than a good story on its own merit. Very atmospheric.

This is such a rich heritage and one
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F
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, india
My new favourite.
Incredible. 10/10
Timeless.
So much thought and imagination.
Animal lover forever.
Everything made sense, the laws of the jungle.
Can't rememeber the last time i read something so amazing and unique.
I dont cry reading books but this nearly got me at the end.
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Joseph
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Jeff
This was a Jepheny/Mah Fah buddy read that we went into with great excitement and enthusiasm – “Can’t Wait!” “So looking forward to this!!” “I’ve had this on my shelves forever, let’s get started!!!” Woo Hoo!!!!!

Alas, it was on the disappointing side. The hope was to get the original take on these stories that Disney has whitewashed on a couple of occasions and to that point it does succeed. Sort of. Kipling presents the adventures of a feral jungle boy and his bloodthirsty pals as they brutally
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WhatIReallyRead
I haven't read The Jungle Books as a child. I was somewhat familiar with the story and characters through cartoons and movies based on it, but the book turned out to be quite different. I liked this one more than I expected.

- It's a collection of short stories that are loosely connected or not connected at all. [I expected it to be more like a novel with a single plot line]

- About half of the stories feature Mowgli, the others have nothing to do with him. [I expected it all to be about Mowgli]

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James
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst I think it is important to note and be aware of Rudyard Kipling’s acknowledged support for imperialism and colonialism when reading any of his works – these aren’t themes which I found to be particularly evident let alone prevalent throughout this book. Whilst we may find his politics distasteful at best and abhorrent at worst, I do think it is valid to judge a book (or any other work of art) outside of and standing alone from the artists political / moral beliefs – more specifically and ...more
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Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages
My Mom bought me The Jungle Book from her school and for years I didn't read it.

Not until the summers of 2015 came and I promised myself that I'm going to complete that years' Goodreads' challenge. After reading the book, I remembered the days I used to watch the animated version on TV.

Everything was perfect. Thank you Rudyard Kipling.
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Rebecca L.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. These stories helped me escape the pain when I was recovering from surgery; however, I am bothered by the imperialism that runs beneath these tales. Some of my favorite stories were the ones that didn’t have Mowgli. I really liked the white seal, the mongoose, and the dogs of the Inuits.
Kristy K
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, classics
2.5 Stars

I liked some stories more than others. The first few were my favorite and then I got bored. Half read, half listened to on audio b/c it seemed every time I picked it up, I fell asleep.
Adina
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Probably the first books that I read in English. Can't wait for the upcoming movie. ...more
Lena
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, classic, children
Yeah... No thanks. I'm going to stick with the Disney movie version ...more
Kate
3/5stars
Lesle
The Jungle Books: I should have realized when it states "Books" there are other tales other than just the Jungle Book. I guess I was just a little dense from reading the Little Golden Book version for so long to my Son and Grandsons. So once I got passed the point of 340 pages not dedicated strictly to Mowgli I began to read and enjoy the many tales enclosed.

Everyone (Im sure) knows the story of Mowgli and have seen the versions of films. It was the first film my Son saw as a toddler and the mov
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Rachel
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Jerri Brissette
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you, Karen, for this.
saïd
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
The best adaptation is the 1967-1971 Soviet Союзмультфильм "Маугли"—the animation is so good.

The more I think about this book (collection of stories, really), the more uncomfortable I am. It's impossible for me to overlook the blatant misogyny and racism in Kipling's writing, particularly when he anthropomorphises animals to this extent. The monkeys and snakes are inherently evil because Kipling has decided so; the animals exist within a hierarchal society with authoritarian principles reminisce
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Sarah
Kipling is a gifted short storyteller. It took me so long to get through this because I tend to have a lot of trouble getting through collections of short stories. I know, weird.

I liked Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the only about the elephant ballrooms best. I thought Kipling showed a great understanding of nature and India in his work.

While this may not have been my favorite type of story, and it took me a long time to get through it, I appreciated the journey. I felt that Kipling also did one of the
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E.F.B.
Yet another classic where I'd only seen the Disney version and only just got around to reading the book. For me, it falls under the category of "Didn't hate it, but didn't love it." (And definitely find the movie more enjoyable.) Turns out there are more stories in The Jungle Book than just those about Mowgli. I actually remember reading Rikitikitavi in my literature book in Middle or High school but didn't comprehend at the time that it was part of The Jungle Book. The other stories were intere ...more
Shaun
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jungle Books… I was really iffy coming in whether I’d like this; never read Kipling before. At my favorite bookstore, I saw that they had one of the Reader’s Digest books that I love so much, but my dad said he had an old copy of this book, so I went ahead and went with the old copy (chiefly because it was free to me). Contrary to what I thought, it was more a collection of short stories than one contiguous tale, though Mowgli featured in several of them, and it chronically various episodes in h ...more
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When the writings of Kipling come up in conversation, usually the Jungle Books is sure to be mentioned. It is said to be one his most popular. Undoubtedly, Kipling’s birth and experiences in British India, inspired much of his work. But it’s interesting to note that the first dawning’s of the Jungle Books came to Kipling while he was living in Vermont in 1892. “Those four years in America will be blessed unto me for all my life,” Kipling wrote to a friend, the Har
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I’ve already completed reading the first book( or let me say the first part) , and I am not quite sure whether I continue reading or not . even though several and various moral lessons are embodied within the animals tales , I have not found any interest nor excitement so far . Consequently, I doubt whether I read all of it , and begin to think about another book .

The tale of the Seal sea that defies all the odious challenges and the atrocious underestimating of his kind to discover a safe plac
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Lorna
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. Book Mowgli is much tougher and forward thinking than Disney's Mowgli... They did Kaa sooooo dirty in the Disney adaptation too!

I liked the White Seal story and Rikki Tikki Tavi, but not so much Toomai of the Elephants and Her Majesty's Servants.

I would still recommend everyone to give this a go!
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Ensiform
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india, fiction, animals
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-
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Berit Lundqvist
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Three and a half stars.

Well, this was kind of a pleasant surprise. I expected absolutely nothing from this book. Instead I found a couple of stories exploring the eternal question of what is good and what is evil.

The Jungle Books have been on my shelf for decades. I haven’t the foggiest idea where I got it from. Probably, I’ve inherited it from my mom or my parents-in-law, as this is not a book I’ve would have wanted to buy myself.

The books consists of fifteen different tales. Some take part in
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Kelsey Bryant
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most short story collections, the two volumes of The Jungle Book contained stories I loved, stories I didn't, and stories everywhere in between. My two favorites were unrelated to Mowgli: "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and "The White Seal." My least favorite of all was the incredibly morbid "The Undertakers," though the ending was pretty cool. But I enjoyed most of the Mowgli stories. I think my favorite of those was either "Kaa's Hunting" or "The Red Dog."

Kipling is extremely gifted at pulling the
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El
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
Amy
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first time I met Mowgli was when I was very small. I must have been only around two years old and I had watched the Disney film. I HATED it. But when I realized that it was based off of a book (when I was around five or six) I immediately went to the library and checked out both Jungle Books. It was then that I fell in love.
Kipling is very problematic racially and politically. Throughout these books it is easy to pick up on Kipling's inherent prejudice. Through Mowgli the reader is introduce
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Janice
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jason McIntosh
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Christian
Feb 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this classic. I don’t think I have ever read this before but would not be surprised if I picked it up or had some of it read to me as a child before. Really interesting stories. Many mention the themes of imperialism and colonialism that run through the stories and let me say, I totally get it. For me it wasn’t a distraction and was able to overlook it for the stories and just enjoy the raw beauty and evocative imagery created by Kipling’s writing. In particular I really liked how t ...more
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

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
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