The Jungle Book
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The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling
Release date: 1894
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, short stories

The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling's philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. They are best known for the "Mowgli" stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the black panther. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the nature of the "Law".

Contents:

  • Mowgli's Brothers
  • Hunting-Song of the Pack (poem)
  • Kaa's Hunting
  • Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (poem)
  • "Tiger! Tiger!"
  • Mowgli's Song (poem)
  • The White Seal
  • Lukannon (poem)
  • "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
  • Darzee's Chaunt (poem)
  • Toomai of the Elephants
  • Shiv and the Grasshopper (poem)
  • Her Majesty's Servants
  • Parade-Song of the Camp Animals (poem)
updated 2010-09-07

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