The Jungle Books

The Jungle Books

Penguin Classics

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Rudyard Kipling’s best-loved book is now the basis for the Netflix film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, and Rohan Chand

A Penguin Classic

The story of Mowgli, a man-cub who is brought up by wolves in the jungles of Central India, is one of the greatest literary myths ever created. As he embarks on a series of thrilling escapades, Mowgli encounters such unforgettable creatures as the bear Baloo, the graceful black panther Bagheera, and Shere Khan, the tiger with blazing eyes. Other animal stories range from the dramatic battle between good and evil in “Rikki-tikki-tavi” to the macabre comedy “The Undertakers.” With The Jungle Books, Kipling drew on ancient beast fables, Buddhist philosophy, and memories of his Anglo-Indian youth to create a rich, symbolic portrait of man and nature, and an eternal classic of childhood. 

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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was the author of such classics as The Jungle Books, Kim, and Just So Stories, and was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize.

Kaori Nagai (editor/introducer) is a research associate at the University of Kent and the author of Empire of Analogies.

Jan Montefiore (series editor) is a professor of twentieth-century English literature at the University of Kent and the author of numerous books in literary studies.

Pub Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 381 
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 inches


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