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The Second Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

Book Overview: 

Kipling shows his love of the sub continent and its people and understanding of their beliefs in these tales. An older Mowgli roams the jungle with his old friends and investigates the ways of his people, a Prime Minister becomes wandering holy man, scavengers tell their tale and we leave India for the far,far north of Canada.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .LETTING IN THE JUNGLE Veil them, cover them, wall them round— Blossom, and creeper, and weed— Let us forget the sight and the sound, The smell and the touch of the breed! Fat black ash by the altar-stone, Here is the white-foot rain, And the does bring forth in the fields unsown, And none shall affright them again; And the blind walls crumble, unknown, o'erthrown And none shall inhabit again!

You will remember that after Mowgli had pinned Shere Khan's hide to the Council Rock, he told as many as were left of the Seeonee Pack that henceforward he would hunt in the Jungle alone; and the four children of Mother and Father Wolf said that they would hunt with him. But it is not easy to change one's life all in a minute—particularly in the Jungle. The first thing Mowgli did, when the disorderly Pack had slunk off, was to go to the home-cave, and sleep for a day and a night. T. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A children's book however adults will enjoy since I believe, the author wanted everyone to learn lessons from the stories. The usual Golden Rule, treat people as well (and animals, nature also) as you would like to be too. Rudyard Kipling was a fine writer born and raised in India, Kim, Captains Cou

I LOVED this book. These stories helped me escape the pain when I was recovering from surgery; however, I am bothered by the imperialism that runs beneath these tales. Some of my favorite stories were the ones that didn’t have Mowgli. I really liked the white seal, the mongoose, and the dogs of the

I've reread this book so many times. It was, for most of my adolescent life, the ultimate masterpiece by an English author.

I'm always puzzled by the fact that movie adaptations diverge from the books. So they know better than Kipling, don't they?

My favorite story is Red Dog. What a great, grandiose


Once again, I'm struck by the savagery that resonates throughout Kipling's writing. It would be so easy to think of The Jungle Book in a more Disney-fied light: talking animals, singing, the rhythmic cadences of a fairy tale or lullaby. But overarching all that is the ever-present reminder that

My new favourite.
Incredible. 10/10
So much thought and imagination.
Animal lover forever.
Everything made sense, the laws of the jungle.
Can't rememeber the last time i read something so amazing and unique.
I dont cry reading books but this nearly got me at the end.

Deşi Prima carte a junglei nu mă atinsese aproape deloc, părându-mi-se mai degrabă o încercare eşuată de a scrie o carte pentru copii (deoarece incoerenţa firului narativ, puzzle-ul epic, depăşeşte cu mult mintea unui inocent), A doua carte a junglei este o adevărată panoramă (nevinovată, e drept, d

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