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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 35/100: The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Second Jungle BookThe Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't have a ton to say about this book that I didn't already say about The Jungle Book. Again, it irritated me that random stories were thrown in with the Mowgli stories, except this time the random stories were not all together at the end; instead, they were interspersed with the Mowgli ones, so that it was more difficult to piece the Mowgli stories back together again. The Mowgli stories in this volume were longer and more sophisticated, the last story where Mowgli feels the pull of humanity especially resonant. I tried to pay attention to the other stories and was only successful in the one about sled dogs. How can Kipling be so good in the jungle and so dull everywhere else?

Even though I'm usually a stickler for reading things "in their original form," I would recommend folks interested in The Jungle Book to choose one of the "Mowgli stories" volumes instead.

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