The Jungle Book was first published in 1894, and The Second Jungle Book in 1895, and amongst the pages we read of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and all the other characters that have become so well known. Not all the tales take place in this setting though as you have a tale about Inuits, a white seal, Rikki-Tikki the mongoose, other animals, and a boy who is taken to see the elephants dance.
I should think that most older people will have read these books before, but for those who are new to these then you may be surprised if you are only aware of the Disney movie. Some of these tales are more violent than portrayed in cartoons, so be prepared, remember Tennyson wrote ‘Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw’.
In all, these tales make for entertaining reading and this is both for young and old. Kipling’s writing here really brings to life the landscapes and characters, giving this a little more depth than is usual for such stories. Entertaining people for generations this looks like it will continue to do so for many more generations to come.
on 30 June 2016
The human condition, laid bare in these beautiful and touching stories.
I'm glad I came to this as an adult, rather than as a child. I found many of the stories deeply moving, others very funny and others very challenging. Kipling so beautifully understood man, and in the crucible of colonial India his observations come fantastically to life. This is a book for anyone of any age. Full of lessons, love, humour, sadness, sense.