The Jungle Books



➳ [Reading] ➶ The Jungle Books By Rudyard Kipling ➩ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 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 The Jungle Epub / brought up by wolves educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther The stories a mixture of fantasy myth and magic are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self discovery and the nature of the 'Law'.The Jungle Books

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist short story writer poet and novelistKipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book Kim and many short stories including The Man Who Would Be King His poems include Mandalay Gunga Din The Gods of the Copybook Headings The White Man's Burden The Jungle Epub / and If— He is regarded as a major innovator in.

The Jungle Books PDF Ü The Jungle  Epub /
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Jungle Books
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • English
  • 03 December 2014
  • 9780451529756

10 thoughts on “The Jungle Books

  1. says:

    I've reread this book so many times It was for most of my adolescent life the ultimate masterpiece by an English authorI'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 uiuern was a lesson about storytelling rather than a good story on its own merit Very atmosphericThis is such a rich heritage and one of the best short stories collections in public domain and yes I'm keeping Anton Chekhov in the euation

  2. says:

    My new favouriteIncredible 1010Timeless So much thought and imagination Animal lover foreverEverything made sense the laws of the jungle Can't rememeber the last time i read something so amazing and uniueI dont cry reading books but this nearly got me at the end

  3. says:

    eBookOnce 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 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 death Kotick is born and raised amidst bloodshed from two distinct sources other seals and man Rikki Tikki Tavi subverts the traditional story of a pet protecting his master by making the masters little than incidental characters; Rikki Tikki wants to protect them but his actions are driven by instinct rather than any familial bond with the humans Even in the less obviously blood drenched stories violence is a powerful force Toomai's journey to witness the dance of the elephants puts him at great risk of deathThe story I found most interesting however was the one which closes the book Her Majesty's Servants The characters of this particular story are the camp animals for an army but paradoxically these might be the most innocent characters in the whole book All their conversation is about war and its methods but without any real recognition of what it means These animals have been tamed by man stripped of their natural instincts and so with the exception of the elephant they don't realize what war means content merely to follow orders and limit their perspective to the specifics of their dutiesAnd maybe that's the true lesson of The Jungle Book Yes it's violent endlessly circling and returning to the themes of death and danger but in the world of the animals death and danger exists because they are necessary parts of life Animals must eat so animals must hunt and kill But for people violence is stripped of that which makes it necessary Wars don't happen for food and survival; they happen for sport and profitOr maybe I'm just a filthy hippie

  4. says:

    This was a JephenyMah 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 HooAlas 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 live by the law of the jungle No singing No dancing No resulting cute plushy version of Shere Khan to wander around Disneyland only to get kicked in the faux tiger family jewels by a vengeful four year old summarily filmed and get a gazillion hits on YouTube and every dude who watches gets to wince at the “thank God that wasn’t me” implications Youch shots to the groin just aren’t funnyBut I digressThis volume is The Jungle Books – plural not The Jungle Book – singular My favorite Mah Fah buddy reader of all time and Thunder Buddy for Life Stepheny was lucky to pick up The Jungle Book singular whilst I got stuck reading The Jungle Books Two Count ‘em TwopluralIt’s also the smarty pants Penguin version which includes a scholarly introduction by some elbow patched flannel jacketed pipe smoking ass who gets to discourse with pseudo intellectual insight what Kipling’s underlying message was for these stories Plus there are eight footnotes per page that direct you to the back of the book for even “useless” background on this tome The reader can repeatedly swing back and forth between text and appendix all the while humming “Bare Necessities” to him or herselfAlso kids caveat emptor All the stories aren’t about Mowgli and his savage vicious pals Rikki Tikki Tavi is the best of a wan bunch of animal themed stories Kipling even throws in a Seal and an Inuit story to keep the reader off balance and uestion the rather poor choice of titlesArctic Freeze your nuts off coldJungle Sweat your nuts off hotJust sayin’The Mowgli stories are the best things here but they’re spread out through the two jungle books waves to his favorite Mah Fah buddy reader Stepheny who owes him big time Baby Man Cub is rescued and raised by wolves Man Cub gets befriended by big bear and panther Bagheera the best character by far in this book Man Cub wreaks revenge on evil human village Man Cub grows up to dominate and lead his jungle pals he has stare down contests with ‘em Man Cub grows up gets restless and clumsy read horny Does he leave the jungle to boogie elsewhere? MaybeSnakes are Our Anthropomorphic Friends Department As Stepheny and I will espouse with great conviction snakes can be real pals Hi Ermot So why does Kaa the Python get such a bum rap in the cartoon and “live action” remake? Sure he does his hypnotize thing but that’s only to eat some annoying poo flinging monkeys He and Mowgli are good pals and he helps the Man Cub on a number of occasions Man eating pythons are man’s best friend Yes?If I haven’t mentioned it before this isn’t a kid friendly version of these stories So if you plan to sit down with your young ‘un and read stories based on seeing the cartoon just don’t view spoiler Mowgli skinning the bloody hide from a barely dead Shere Khan will keep the kiddies in nightmares for years to come hide spoiler

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 uite different I liked this one than I expected It's a collection of short stories that are loosely connected or not connected at all I expected it to be 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 It was surprisingly gruesome at times It featured hunting and skinning animals with details than I expected I get that it's the Jungle and all but it's a children's book too Each story has a poem associated with it I really enjoyed these There were elements in the stories that were obviously meant to teach a lesson I found these were done well and tastefully It's easy to end up sounding like a lecturer and Kipling avoided that Colonialism is ever present in Kipling's writing but I saw it coming Overall good

  7. says:

    My Mom bought me The Jungle Book from her school and for years I didn't read itNot 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

  8. says:

    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 – specifically and perhaps only when those views do not as in this case overwhelm or define the art which is produced On to the book Difficult at first when reading the first Mowgli stories for those of us who know and love the 1967 animated Disney version – not to picture the animated characters in the context of the original stories However it transpires that the original book stories have little or nothing to do with the animated Disney film – other than character names and the sporadic jungle setting Once I was able to transcend that brief initial barrier to the imagination I was then able to immerse myself fully in these stories to their full extentAs far as rating the book goes this was challenging as the stories varied from anything between 2 and 5 stars – hence my eventual 4 star rating To give some idea I have listed the stories that I thought the most successful and enjoyed the most as well as some that I found somewhat tedious and ultimately pointlessFavourites not in any orderThe White SealRikki Tikki Tavi Toomai of the Elephants The Miracle of Purun BhagatHow Fear CameThe King's AnkusuiuernThe Spring RunningKaa's Hunting Tiger Tiger Most definitely bottom of the listHer Majesty's ServantsThe UndertakersI didn’t enjoy much of the poetry in between all the stories – with the odd notable exceptionOverall and bearing in mind the number of great stories vs the number of ones that I think really should have been left out this is a generally great collection of stories which creates a fantastic anthropomorphised world not just ‘of the jungle’ but of many other scenarios outside ofsignificantly remote from the jungle as well which came as a surprise This is written with such skill and creativity in some cases creating and resulting in some almost perfect short stories

  9. says:

    25 StarsI liked some stories than others The first few were my favorite and then I got bored Half read half listened to on audio bc it seemed every time I picked it up I fell asleep

  10. says:

    Probably the first books that I read in English Can't wait for the upcoming movie

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