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review 2019-07-16 19:15
Only Enjoyed Mowgli and Rikki Tikki Tavi Stories
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

So here's the thing. I of course have seen the Disney version of The Jungle book cartoon. Also I have seen the cartoon about Rikki Tikki Tavi that used to play I think either on USA Network or Nickelodeon as a kid. I so wanted to live among wolves and buy a mongoose. My mom said nope to both things. So when I read this the other day, I had no idea this version had the Mowgli stories as well as a few others (I did not enjoy) and then Rikki Tikki Tavi. I am wondering If I blanked on the fact that Kipling was behind not only the Jungle Book but Rikki Tikki Tavi. 


Per usual my rating is based on my ratings for the individual stories.


Mowgli's Brothers (4 stars)-So this story tells how a man-cub named Mowgli came to live with the wolves. How Shere Khan stalked him as a child and how his wolf-mother said one day Mowgli would see Shere Khan dead. We also get Bagheera and Baloo who first stood and ensured Mowgli's way in the pack. FYI, I read parts of The Jungle Book in English class and I don't recall the writing or the way that everyone sounds like a character out of the Bible. I used to hate that in English class all we got was excerpts of work and then at the end had to answer questions. So the last thing I remember reading was that Mowgli left the jungle behind and went into the village of men. Or maybe I am getting that messed up with the cartoon. Who knows. 


Kaa's Hunting (4.5 stars)-This is a story that takes place before Mowgli's Brothers with Mowgli not listening to Baloo and getting himself kidnapped. Bagheera and Baloo request the services of a python, Kaa. FYI, I don't like snakes.


Tiger! Tiger! (5 stars)-The last tale of Mowgli and what becomes of Shere Khan. 


The White Seal (1 stars)-I was just bored. I have no idea who any of these characters were and don't recall even hearing about them as a kid. Somehow this story felt all over the place.


Rikki Tikki Tavi (5 stars)-Kind of a jerk, but I loved our little mongoose who kept this family safe and him doing what he could to take out the cobras. I did feel bad though that Nagaina lost all of her young. 


Toomai of the Elephants (2 stars)-I honestly had to re-look this one up since it totally faded from my head. Story about a young boy named Toomai who ends up seeing the elephants dance at night and is praised for it. I wish I had liked it more. Felt like Kipling was going for more of a Mowgli vibe. 


Her Majesty's Servants (2 stars)- The Viceroy of India is set to receive a visit from the Amir of Afghanistan. Various animals end up getting spooked and then talk amongst each other. I read this last before falling asleep and just scratched my head a bit. It also is kind of messed up because the animals talk about being afraid of war and death, but they are forced to be there due to man. But somehow they all march and do what is expected of them and everyone is impressed. Eh. Maybe I missed something. 

Interspersed throughout are songs that Mogwli sang and one of the birds singing of Rikki Tikki Tavi's victory, etc. 


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review 2019-03-05 13:02
Kim - Rudyard Kipling

Title : Kim
Author: Rudyard Kipling

Kim is set in an imperialistic world; a world strikingly masculine, dominated by travel, trade and adventure, a world in which there is no question of the division between white and non-white.

Two men - a boy who grows into early manhood and an old ascetic priest, the lama - are at the center of the novel. A quest faces them both. Born in India, Kim is nevertheless white, a sahib. While he wants to play the Great Game of Imperialism, he is also spiritually bound to the lama. His aim, as he moves chameleon-like through the two cultures, is to reconcile these opposing strands, while the lama searches for redemption from the Wheel of Life. 

A celebration of their friendship in a beautiful but often hostile environment, 'Kim' captures the opulence of India's exotic landscape, overlaid by the uneasy presence of the British Raj.

My thoughts
rating: 3.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more by this author ?maybe
Slow going and kind of boring at the start , but the more you read the more it does pick up . But I do have to say the movie Kim ( 1950) is way better then the book. There was times I want to put the book down but I didn't and I'm glad I read it even though I love the movie better . for those who don't know  what I'm talking about the movie Kim ( 1950) has  Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard. Dean Stockwell as Kim. Paul Lukas as Lama. Robert Douglas as Colonel Creighton. Thomas Gomez as Emissary. Cecil Kellaway as Hurree Chunder. Arnold Moss as Lurgan Sahib. Reginald Owen as Father Victor.
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text 2019-03-01 10:59
My First Part Of March's TBR
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Only Daughter - Sarah A. Denzil
Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29) - John Sandford
Dark Blossom - Neel Mullick
You're Not Safe - Mary Burton
The Summoning (Krewe of Hunters #27) - Heather Graham
The Secrets We Bury (The Undertaker's Daughter #1) - Debra Webb
The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 - Professor Jonathan Vance
The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain - Geoffrey Pimm
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review 2018-09-23 10:52
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

If you're looking for the cutesy tone of the film, or even its recent live-action re-make, look elsewhere, you won't find it here. You might be better off with Winnie-the-Pooh.


I had forgotten that several of the tales collected here are not about Mowgli, or the Jungle or even India in some cases and the Second Jungle Book focuses more on Mowgli than the first. Those non-Mowgli stories are not necessarily bad, though, and perhaps my favourite story from both books is The Undertakers, about a crocodile, crane and jackal. The North Polar story is perhaps second.


There's a detectable tone of arrogant superiority both of humans over animals and the English over Indians that is unsurprising from Kipling, who was very much of his era in this regard, but it wasn't strong enough to spoil the fun for me.

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text 2018-09-09 15:15
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 397 pages.
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Drought in the jungle.

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