‘As a child I loved The Jungle Books… If you want to look at the India of Kipling's time, there is no writer who will give it to you better’ Salman Rushdie
The Jungle Books tell the story of the irrepressible Mowgli, who is rescued as a baby from the jaws of the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Raised by wolves and guided by Baloo the bear, Mowgli and his animal friends embark on a series of hair-raising adventures through the jungles of India.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, but educated in England at the United Services College, Westward Ho, Bideford. In 1882 he returned to India, where he worked for Anglo- Indian newspapers. His literary career began with DEPARTMENTAL DITTIES, but subsequently he became chiefly known as a writer of short stories. A prolific writer, he achieved fame quickly. Kipling was the poet of the British Empire and its yeoman, the common soldier, whom he glorified in many of his works, in particular PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS and SOLDIERS THREE, collections of short stories with roughly and affectionately drawn soldier portraits. His BARRACK ROOM BALLADS were written for, as much as about, the common soldier. In 1894 appeared his JUNGLE BOOK, which became a children's classic all over the world. KIM, the story of Kimball O'Hara and his adventures in the Himalayas, is perhaps his most felicitous work. Other works include THE SECOND JUNGLE BOOK, THE SEVEN SEAS, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, THE DAY'S WORK, STALKY & CO., JUST SO STORIES, TRAFFICKS & DISCOVERIES, PUCK OF POOK'S HILL, ACTIONS & REACTIONS, DEBITS & CREDITS, THY SERVANT A DOG, and LIMITS & RENEWALS. During the First World War Kipling wrote some propaganda books. His collected poems appeared in 1933. Kipling was the recipient of many honorary degrees and other awards. In 1926 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature, which only Scott, Meredith, and Hardy had been awarded before him.
"Loved by children and adults alike" Daily Mail "The original stories of The Jungle Book surpass all rollicking Disneyfied expectations. On one level, the Mancub's education is pure entertainment; on another, the jungle is symbolic of Kipling's philosophy of life, a moral playground in which the young learn to swing on the vines of life" The Times "One of the greatest writers that Britain has ever produced" -- Griff Rhys Jones "The incantatory text of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books still rewards reading aloud" Sunday Times "[Its] lasting power to enchant lies not in a contrived simplicity of language - it makes no concession to the age or verbal dexterity of the reader - but rather to its uncanny understanding of the adult within every child" -- Beryl Bainbridge
Series: Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: April 2010
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.2