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Book Title: The Second Jungle Book|
The author of the book: Rudyard Kipling
ISBN 13: 9781406503227
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.32 MB
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Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: December 21st 2005
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Reader ratings: 7.9
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"The traitor Dark gives up each mark
Of stretched or hooded claw;
Then hear the Call: "Good rest to all
That keep the Jungle Law!"
― Rudyard Kipling, The Second Jungle Book
Sequels, especially YA sequels, seem destined to drop in quality. The first book sold well and was popular. There is a demand, I imagine, from fans and publishers to repeat a proven recipe. But the author's heart isn't in it. It sells, and usually sells well, but sucks.
This is not that sequel. Sting once bragged that he could "shit a pop song". I'm thinking Kipling could do the same with a short story. There just wasn't much drop in the quality and content from Jungle Book to the Second Jungle Book. So, in my mind, I don't even consider them to be separate works.
I liked Kipling threading his poems between the stories. I also enjoyed Kipling not strictly sticking with the Jungle. 'Quiquern' a story of an Inuit boy and his dog reminded me a lot of Jack London (White Fang and Call of the Wild were both published almost a decade after).
My favorite stories were:
"Letting in the Jungle"
"The Miracle of Purun Bhagat"
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Read information about the authorJoseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."
Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before. On the night of 12 January 1936, Kipling suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine. He underwent surgery, but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer. Kipling's death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers."
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