The Jungle Book
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Rudyard Kipling (1855-1936) was born to English parents living in India during the British colonial occupation. Kipling's father was a sculptor and art professor at a college in Bombay, and his mother was a lively and intelligent woman. While India had already made a powerful impression on the young Kipling, he was soon sent to live and receive his education in England. Kipling was unable to attend university and instead chose to return to the land of his birth, serving as an assistant editor at a small Indian newspaper for several years. It was at this time that Kipling began to publish short stories in the paper, soon following his occasional pieces with several collections of his writing. Kipling traveled to the United States and wrote as a foreign correspondent for the Indian press, continuing to develop his reputation and craft. He settled in London for a time, although it was not until after his marriage and eventual move back to the United States that he began to write the works for which he is best known: The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous among them. As Kipling continued to travel and write, he gained a broad following among old and young. He was widely celebrated as an important author, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 and continuing to be awarded many honors for his writing throughout the rest of his life. While Kipling's works have fallen in and out of favor for their perspectives, his writing serves as an important testament to a time of change, conflict, and broadening horizons.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
For loosed till dawn are we.
Talon and tush and claw.
That keep the Jungle Law!
It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of ...
Reviewed by anocean on Apr 19, 2010
I never read this book as a kid, but I must say how well-written and received it was. Great for anybody!
Reviewed by wagonlips on Aug 7, 2009
Jungle Book/White Seal
The Jungle Book is good fun by itself and fun to contrast with the (considerably different) 1967 Disney animated feature. Also, it's apparently a very quick read. I say apparently because I just completed the 30th DailyLit chunk (of which 36 remain) and it seems I am now reading The White Seal, also by Kipling. A hidden bonus?
Reviewed by bundah on May 4, 2009
Not the same when you're a kid...
Funny, when I was in school as a young boy, this book was required reading. I found it boring and confusing. As an adult I love it and have read the story many times.
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Ratings for 'The Jungle Book' by Kipling, Rudyard