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For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the PackThe Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling4.5 5 Kipling, Mowgli, and 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 his jungle adventures until last week These stories are absolutely beautiful It comes as no surprise that Kipling considered himself a poet first, for these stories are truly poetic Kipling s writing style is beautifully lyrical His language flows with a whimsicalness Reading these stories, I felt that Kipling appreciated the sound of language as much as its ability to convey a message One thing I must clear up is the perception that this is a children s book Disney be damned, this is not a children s book It is ideal for young adults, but this is no children s book.From the start, I felt I really lived this book Mowgli and I ran through the jungle together with our fellow wolf cubs to listen to Akela at the Council Rock Bagheera and Baloo became my mentors and Kaa my trusted friend Kipling s magic was always rooted in the reality of common life All over India there were tales of a child reared by a wolf pack In the background to the stories, village life goes on with its lazy rhythms buffalo wading through the shallows, women going to the well, and the man pack exploring the jungle I loved the non jungle stories as well The White Seal Kotick, a rare white furred northern fur seal, searches for a new home for his people, where they will not be hunted by humans Rikki Tikki Tavi Rikki Tikki the mongoose defends a human family living in India against a pair of cobras.Toomai of the Elephants Toomai, a ten year old boy who helps to tend working elephants, is told that he will never be a full fledged elephant handler until he has seen the elephants dance The Miracle of Purun Bhagat An influential Indian politician abandons his worldly goods to become an ascetic holy man Later, he must save a village from a landslide with the help of the local animals whom he has befriended.Quiquern A teenaged Inuit boy and girl set out across the arctic ice on a desperate hunt for food to save their tribe from starvation, guided by the mysterious animal spirit Quiquern However, Quiquern is not what he seems.The Jungle Books, yes, there are two, were my first journey with Kipling, but they will not be my last I m excited to venture back to India with Rudyard Kipling and Kim. The Jungle Book Key Characters Are Mowgli, A Boy Raised By Wolves And Sher Khan, Biggest Tiger In India As Baloo The Sleepy Brown Bear, Bagheera The Cunning Black Panther, Kaa The Python, And His Other Animal Friends Teach Their Beloved Man Cub The Ways Of The Jungle, Mowgli Gains The Strength And Wisdom He Needs For His Frightful Fight With Shere Khan, The Tiger Who Robbed Him Of His Human Family But There Are Also The Tales Of Rikki Tikki Tavi The Mongoose And His Great War Against The Vicious Cobras Nag And Nagaina Of Toomai, Who Watches The Elephants Dance And Of Kotick The White Seal, Who Swims In The Bering Sea We are the masters of our planet, but we are not very good masters We are, in the blunt phrase I saw a zoologist use the other day, a plague species Sometimes, one feels the world would be better off without human beings This isn t necessarily a counsel of despair or treachery Our true loyalty should be not to mankind but to our genes, and most of those genes are to be found in other species who are far less destructive It would almost be a relief if the beautiful and savage animals we share the world with could take it back from us and relieve us of this responsibility we are not equal to.Oddly enough, the author I know who is best at giving a voice to these feelings is Rudyard Kipling, in his short story Letting in the Jungle The villagers have angered Mowgli and his friends Now, the jungle folk return in force, led by Hathi the elephant and his three terrible sons The ending and the concluding poem are unforgettable The four pushed side by side the outer wall bulged, split, and fell, and the villagers, dumb with horror, saw the savage, clay streaked heads of the wreckers in the ragged gap Then they fled, houseless and foodless, down the valley, as their village, shredded and tossed and trampled, melted behind them.A month later the place was a dimpled mound, covered with soft, green young stuff and by the end of the Rains there was the roaring jungle in full blast on the spot that had been under plough not six months before.MOWGLI S SONG AGAINST PEOPLEI will let loose against you the fleet footed vines I will call in the Jungle to stamp out your lines The roofs shall fade before it, The house beams shall fall, And the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall cover it all In the gates of these your councils my people shall sing, In the doors of these your garners the Bat folk shall cling And the snake shall be your watchman, By a hearthstone unswept For the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall fruit where ye slept Ye shall not see my strikers ye shall hear them and guess By night, before the moon rise, I will send for my cess, And the wolf shall be your herdsman By a landmark removed, For the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall seed where ye loved I will reap your fields before you at the hands of a host Ye shall glean behind my reapers, for the bread that is lost, And the deer shall be your oxen By a headland untilled, For the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall leaf where ye build I have untied against you the club footed vines, I have sent in the Jungle to swamp out your lines The trees the trees are on you The house beams shall fall, And the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall cover you all Appalled by the dreadful things I was reading in Oreskes s and Conway s Merchants of Doubt, I suggested to a friend the other day that it might be interesting to start a political party called Exterminate Humanity XH would have a simple agenda using only legal means, it would support all initiatives which showed promise as possible ways to make human beings extinct It would for example try to block funding of renewable energy, maximize production of greenhouse gasses, push for increased nuclear arsenals and discourage investment in SpaceGuard and other anti meteorite defenses My suggestion was meant ironically, so I was rather disquieted by my friend s reaction She considered it for a moment, then nodded Yes, she said thoughtfully Sounds like quite a good idea But maybe she just wanted to show that Australians could beironic than Europeans. my best childhood story absolutely the jungle book mowgli beautiful adventure IMO, Rudyard Kipling is the worst example of the quintessential British Imperialist and Colonialist His attitude towards India is contemptuous and condescending As a person, I dislike him intensely.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. Welcome to the jungleWe ve got fun n gamesWe got everything you wantHoney, we know the names The opening poem of The Jungle Book Now Rann the Kite brings home the night etc is muchelegant 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 Book was an anthology, not a novel about a badass little boy who blazed a trail for Tarzan It didn t even occur to me to read this book until I saw the trailer for the new 2015 movie a few days ago.I m just going to run through the list of the stories then 1 Mowgli s BrothersThis surprised me, it s basically the entire story of Mowgli as I know it from the movies animated and live action I wonder if Shere Khan is the inspiration for Chaka Khan cue eye rolls If you only read one story from this book what a silly notion read this one.2 Hunting Song of the Seeonee PackNice poem, all the poems in this book are nice.3 Kaa s HuntingThis goes back up the timeline from the conclusion of Mowgli s Brothers , it features Mowgli being kidnaped by monkeys At no point does Mowgli say Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape , Kipling was not into pop culture references I am Any way, Mowgli is chiefly aided by Kaa the python and his very particular set of skillsTrust in me but I didn t expect a Spanish Inquisition 4 Road Song of the Bandar LogNice poem5 Tiger Tiger Mowgli has a rematch with Shere Khan and finds human society not to his liking, the beds especially I don t blame him.6 Mowgli s SongGreat song, especially the guitar solo.7 The White SealKotick the white seal is like the Columbus among seals Very good story Especially when Kotick decides he has had enough of the ignorant seals and their jibes then proceeds to hand their asses to them They did not know he has been working out with some marathon swimming.8 Lukannon A sort of very sad seal National Anthem Thank you Literaturepage.com9 Rikki Tikki Tavi Laugh at his silly name at your own peril Rikki tikki tavi is one badass mofo of a mongoose I guess he could be the prototype for Ninja Turtles, K9 , Hong Kong Phooey and other superhero animals.10 Darzee s ChantDarzee is a tailorbird from Rikki tikki tavi s story with a penchant of breaking into songs at the most inappropriate moment After Rikki tikki tavi is allowed to knock himself out with full blown hero worship through this song.11 Toomai of the ElephantsAn Indian boy takes a clandestine ride on an elephant s back and witnesses a huge herd of elephants performing We Will Rock YouYou got blood on yo faceYou big disgraceWavin your trunk all over the place 12 Shiv and the Grasshopper The song that Toomai s mother sang to the baby 13 Her Majesty s ServantsAh Oh dear For me this story is like throwing an eel at a marble wall, it just won t stick I listened to it twice and I still can t remember what it s about Somethihg to do with a bunch of animals nattering about something completely devoid of interest.14 Parade Song of the Camp AnimalsRelated to the previous story No thanks.That s it then, I enjoyed most of the stories, poems and song, except number 13 and 14 as mentioned above.Definitely recommended, especially the first story, which is a bear necessity. Hey Cecily, I managed to sneak one in Librivox Audiobook, very nicely read performed by Phil Chenevert Thank you IndiaThe 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 someappealing 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 Song Song The White Seal Story Lukannon Song Rikki Tikki Tavi Story Darzee s Chant Song Toomai of the Elephants Story Shiv and the Grasshopper Song Her Majesty s Servants Story Parade Song of the Camp Animals Song This is also not a child s book, it is dark, threatening and violent Even Baloo while teaching Mowgli the ways and language of the jungle, leaves him heavily bruised The general story, we all know, as Mowgli the Man Cub the Frog is found as an infant and reared by wolves, taught and watched over by Baloo and Bagheera, and hunted by Shere Khan However, if you ve only seen the films and are unaware of the book, then expect a few surprises The role of characters are transformed, interactions are altered and plots are changed Death is a typical outcome, often clinical and ruthless, but with a purpose The written narrative and dialogue from Rudyard Kipling reminds us just how great a writer he is, how he constructs a layered storyline and uses such lyrical prose to describe the scene and activities Each story starts with a little poetic verse that magically blends with the story.Only the first 3 stories relate to Mowgli, the others are a seal, mongoose, elephants and the ensemble of animals in Her Majesty s Servants This is an illustrated version with two types of images black and white sketch which are exceptionally well drawn, and full colour prints that seem to vary in quality This is a Kindle version and the formatting with the images is really poor and inconsistent, I actually can t believe how poor the formatting is.I wasn t quite sure with this and would probably rate itaccurately as 3.5 stars. Two weeks ago I arrived at Aberdovey, a small seaside village on the Dyfi estuary in west Wales So to discover sun, and thus an ideal day for the beach, I needed a book Having no luck finding a bookshop, and minus my Kindle, the young man in the pub mentioned that the RNLI were selling books So when I saw the smiling face of Mowgli on the cover of The Jungle Book , well I had to purchase it and also support the Lifeboats as they do such marvellous work.I had read this collection of short stories as a child but had forgotten the names and the animals and so what a delight it was to reread them.Who cannot possibly be excited and enthralled by the adventures of Mowgli who was also known as Frog , a young abandoned man cub, who wanders into a wolf s den in the Indian jungle As this is fiction, he would, of course, not be eaten by its occupants but I was somewhat astonished by the child s age and what he was able to do Directly in front of him Father Wolf , holding on by a low branch, stood a naked brown baby who could just walk, as soft and as dimpled a little thing as ever came to a wolf s cave at night He looked up into Father Wolf s face and laughed How could the wolves not possibly love him and welcome him into the pack But still there were struggles for Mowgli from members of the pack however, with the help of such staunch friends as Bagheera, the panther, and Baloo the bear, he managed to overcome them When Mowgli is kidnapped by the Monkey People the Bandar log , Bagheera and Baloo enlist the help of a rather villainous Rock Python called Kaa as the monkies were terrified of him I was too and could that snake move Phew What is sad though, despite the child learning all about the laws and languages of the jungle, Mowgli was never really accepted by the wolves apart from his adopted parents , nor human beings either, when he was forced to leave the jungle and go and live and work in a local village Sadly, he was betwixt and between Also, did I miss something in that he remained naked all the time That could have caused serious problems surely in the jungle, especially Out of the other short stories, I definitely preferred The White Seal and Kotick the seal that at birth was white and caused great amazement to his parents Sea Catch, Matkah said at last, our baby s going to be white Empty clam shells and dry seaweed snorted Sea Catch There never has been such a thing in the world as a white seal I can t help that, said Matkah, there s going to be now.And Kotick would indeed benefit from being white What fun that was to read.I m so pleased that I discovered this little gem of a book Also to think that it was first published in 1894 and still gives immense pleasure to its readers, as can be seen by its place ons best sellers list in the US. I read this book when I was a child and I really enjoyed the stories at the time This book was also a favourite with my children Wonderful classic stories Pure nostalgia. PRE READ as he believes I read too much Abs books wrinkles nose Commencing on the 8th of August 9 Aug Aus time POST READ 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 considered teased called as a nerd when you wear spectacles The bigger the frames, the bigger the lenses, the nerdER you are.So, you can just imagine my hesitations and disappointment when I ve been told I needed a pair.Nowadays, every second person I see wears them.Glasses became a fashion statement Glasses make a big fashion statement So, back to the book When Luke asked me to BR this classic, I said yes to it, of course.When I got my copy though, I had to double check the cover The book was thickER than I expected.And then after reading Mowgli s Brothers I was surprised that there werepages to turnHuhSo then I realised that the book consists ofshort stories and poems.Though, only three or four of them are actually stories about Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera aka Baloogheera as Luke cleverly put the two names together and Shere Khan Alrighty then, read , I did Side comment I think my teacher has provided the class a photocopy of Mowgli s Brother story only I liked all of the stories and they all fit together okay as Kipling showcased animals.Animal fables to which the author explored themes such as courage, loyalty, friendship and love But my favourite is Riki Tiki Tavi That mongoose was adorable and his loyalty love for the family who took him in were boundless and admirableLove lovelovelovelove this character I m not gonna go into details as I m sure everyone has read this grumbles am I the only one here who was surprised that it s a collection of poems and songs But what I ll do in this review of MOWGLI s STORY only is to compare what I read and what I watched.The Book.The writings was old and there were parts that made me either bored or had to stop and absorb what Kipling was trying to say.Baloo was very wise, teaching Mowgli almost everything He was very strict and always ready to strike a blow on young Mowgli when he doesn t pay attention or get anything wrongBetter he should be bruised from head to foot by me who loves him than that he should come to harm through ignorance, Baloo answered very earnestly Bagheera, who is another companion of Mowgli and a wise one too.I forgot about his story His secret bald spot and that mark The collar mark that no one knewAnd yet, Little Brother, I was born among men.Fed behind bars from an iron pan till one night I felt that I was Bagheera the Panther and no man s plaything, and I broke the silly lock with one blow of my paw and came away And Kaa Interestingly enough as I couldn t remember, as almost everything in this book, that he was an ally too who helped Mowgli to escape from those rambunctious monkeys The difference.These 3 main characters were nowhere near anything like this in the film They were fun and very entertaining Never felt that I was watching an adaptation of a classic story Disney film had changed the plot enormously And even added a new character.One other thing I noticed though, was that Mowgli didn t have a female influence on his side Sure he had mother wolf but she had a very short role and did nothing really heroic.It makes me think that perhaps, this was the reason why Kaa, the python was voiced by a female actress in the new film to balance the gender equation that influenced young MowgliCould it be The other difference Over the years, I managed to collect 4 pairs of glasses 2 of em are useless prescription wise and have earnt myself another pair recently.Also, reading it this time around is not because of school requirement but just for the sake of reading and enjoying it as it should be.And what makes it a spectacular read too is I BR it with a very good friend.Now, I will edit this review when Luke had finished and posted his review.His review link will be added as I m sure his thoughts will be thorough.After all there s a reason why he is the writer and I, I use that other pair of glasses I just acquired Rating it 3.5Baloogheera for the winStars