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The Complete Mowgli Stories, Duly Annotated (Bapton Books Annotated Classics Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rudyard Kipling , GMW Wemyss , Markham Shaw Pyle

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More than 350 annotations;
Three prefatory essays;
Every literary allusion, plant, and animal identified, with their cultural and religious connotations set out;
All the references that Victorian and Edwardian readers should have had to heart; and
Literary cross-references to later works influenced by Kipling:
This is the critical, annotated edition of the Jungle Book stories in which Mowgli appears.

Rudyard Kipling’s tales of Mowgli are not for children only. They have shaped the English language and the British (and American) psyche. The stories that concern Mowgli’s adventures have been collected, placed in their internal chronological order, and annotated in this volume by the historians GMW Wemyss and Markham Shaw Pyle. Prefatory essays and over three hundred and fifty footnotes accompany the text, delving into history, geography, ethnology, Imperial politics, and much else beside. If you wish to enjoy these tales with deeper understanding; if you wonder what Buldeo has to do with Mr Sherlock Holmes’ antagonist Dr Roylott; if you have ever wondered just why a Gond hunter reminds you of the frontman of Jethro Tull; or if you simply want a cracking good read of stories you but half-remember: here is your book.

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Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936), that scion and poet of Empire – and a man and a writer much more complicated than that suggests – and Nobelist for Literature, was born in Mumbai and never ceased to regard India as his true mother-country; his 1894 and 1895 tales of Mowgli and Bagheera, Baloo, Akela, and Kaa, have made it a heart’s country for generations of children who have never seen India. The editors and annotators of Kipling’s, as of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tales, Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss, the partners in Bapton Books, are the co-authors of a celebrated centenary history of the Titanic enquiries in the US and the UK, and editors and annotators of all of Kipling’s Mowgli stories in one volume and of Grahame’s tales of River Bank and the Wild Wood. Mr Pyle is the historian of how, four months before Pearl Harbor, the US Congress kept the draft by one vote. Mr Wemyss is the historian of the May 1940 debate in the House of Commons that ended by casting down Chamberlain’s government and installing Churchill as prime minister – one day before Hitler invaded France. Together, they are the co-authors of other works of criticism and essays on rural pursuits and literature, and of the forthcoming (Christmas 2012) history of that year of portent, 1937. Mr Wemyss lives in Wilts; Mr Pyle, in Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2311 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bapton Books; 2 revised edition (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H9NPEQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic! 19 Jan. 2013
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I have been a fan of the complete Mowgli stories since I was a child and my brother had a very old and falling apart book. I love this particular edition because of all the background information given about Kipling and his writing of the story. this particular e-book should be on the Kindle of everyone with a love of classic literature. I wish these writers would do more books like this one....hint, hint, hint....Kim???
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Only Know Mowgli from the Movies or the Jungle Books, You Owe Yourself Some Edition of All the Mowgli Stories 15 Oct. 2014
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That's because the movies mostly either Disneyfied the stories into kids' films or turned Mowgli into yet another Tarzan while the Jungle Books left out the final Mowgli story "In the Rukh", a story of Mowgli as a grown man. Interestingly, though chronologically the last Mowgli story, "In the Rukh" was the earliest written; the later written but chronologically earlier stories tell how Mowgli got to that point. The Mowgli stories in the Jungle Books end with Mowgli driving Mowgli out of the Jungle and back to Man in order to seek out his place in Man's World; "In the Rukh" tells how Mowgli finally found his place, and IMHO is absolutely vital to a true understanding of the character and the stories, since all the rest were written in order to explain how Mowgli ended up "In the Rukh".

The stories are helpfully arranged by internal chronology:

MOWGLI'S BROTHERS, Part 1 (Mowgli's origin)
KAA'S HUNTING (Contrary to movies, Mowgli makes a great friend; 2nd best story)
HOW FEAR CAME (Arguably a prototype for the Just So stories)
MOWGLI'S BROTHERS, Part 2 (Mowgli is cast out of the Seeonee wolf pack)
"TIGER! TIGER!" (Mowgli and Shere Khan finally have it out)
LETTING IN THE JUNGLE (Villagers attack his adoptive human mother; Mowgli responds)
THE KING'S ANKUS (Jungle detective work reveals a tale of man's greed)
RED DOG (Mowgli vows to help Seeonee Pack fight off red dogs; best story)
THE SPRING RUNNING (Mowgli casts himself out; unsatisfying end to Mowgli's saga)
The Only Son
IN THE RUKH (Mowgli finds his place; satisfying end to Mowgli's saga)

Note: In addition to 350 very useful footnotes, the purpose of which is "to make familiar to a new generation all the things that were understood as a matter of course by the Victorian and Edwardian reader--and some that weren't", this edition contains three prefatory essays:

Kipling and the Kaiser (Which reveals that the infamous Bandar-Log are a parody of Wilhemine Germans, not native Indians)
Mr. Pyle on Dry-Land Farming (Which reveals that the Jungle of the stories is more dry-land forest than rain forest)
Mothers' Sons and Motherlands (Which reveals that Kipling was a tribalist rather than a racist, he judged men by the kind of work they did, rather than what race they were)

Note: For some reason this annotated edition lacks all of the accompanying poems except "The Only Son". To read these:

Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
The Law of the Jungle
Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
Mowgli's Song
Mowgli's Song Against People
The Song of the Little Hunter
Chil's Song
The Outsong

you must seek out an edition of All the Mowgli Stories, most editions of which also include a helpful pronunciation guide at the very end.

Note: A couple of modern authors have attempted to add Mowgli stories to the canon with widely diverging degrees of success: from the sublime The Third Jungle Book to the ridiculous Hunting Mowgli.

Note: Mark L. Miller and Zenescope Entertainment are currently producing a graphic novel reinvention of the Mowgli saga with the intriguing premise what if FOUR young children instead of one young child were lost in the jungle and raised by four different groups of animals? Two paperback compilations of the comic are available so far: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Jungle Book and Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Jungle Book: Last of the Species.
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