The Jungle Book
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The Jungle Book is a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893â€“94. Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-a-half years. These stories were written when Kipling lived in Vermont.
The Jungle Book [is] one of the most thrilling and vivid fantasies ever written. Forget about the […] Disney version, in which Kaa is the baddie, this stuff makes your hair stand on end, it’s so alive to what it must feel like to be an animal. Mowgli’s arrival at the wolves’ cave, pursued by the evil tiger Shere Khan, his upbringing by the wolves, his adventures in the jungle and attempt to go back to living among men is full of savagery and beauty and excitement. Interleaved among the Mowgli stories are other great animal tales – about Rikki Tikki Tavi the mongoose who takes on two deadly cobras living in an Indian garden, and fights them to the death; and about a white seal who finds the one place where seals can be safe.
You do need a bit of patience in the beginning with Kipling, but he’s worth it.