The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If your only exposure to The Jungle Books is the Disney cartoon, put that story out of your head before you pick this up. Mowgli's tale here is about 90% different than Disney's portrayal.
This is actually two books- The Jungle Book and the Second Jungle Book. Each of these books, is actually a compilation of short stories. Our friend Mowgli appears in many of them. But you'll also find Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the White Seal, and many others.
I don't usually care much for short stories, especially when there are a bunch of them together. But I didn't mind it so much this time. Some of the stories were hard to keep focussed on, but most of them were engaging and vivid. Kipling gives us some powerful descriptions- though he does tend to get a little carried away at times. Mostly, his use of language has a natural flow with a hint of poetry.
If you haven't treated yourself to this classic yet, do it soon.
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