Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I read the free Kindle version, but I really like that particular cover.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
It took great effort to finish this book, to be honest. It was much different than I expected. I really have no Disney connection with The Jungle Book. I haven't watched it, but I have saw the dancing bear, Baloo, singing the "Bear Necessities" song. When I first starting reading the book, and saw how the wolves adopted Mowgli, I kept wondering where on earth the gorillas were. It took far longer than I care to admit to finally realize I was thinking of Tarzan.
While I didn't really know anything about Baloo, other than the song, he was far different than I expected, considering he "beats and bruises" Mowgli. Endearing, huh?! I didn't care for the stories involving Mowgli. Kipling was really just too harsh for my tastes, I think! I realize we live in a harsh world, but when I escape into the world of fiction, I want happy thoughts! I'll save the little "real world" reading I do for non-fiction. It seemed that the animals were constantly being punished with kicks or slaps or beatings.
It wasn't ALL harsh, though. I didn't realize that The Jungle Book is really more like several short stories, songs, and poems, involving different characters. I did greatly enjoy the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. It was with this story that I actually thought the book might have a chance with me.
All of that said, I AM glad I read this book. In the end, I grew to appreciate what Kipling did with it. He's not my favorite author, and it did take effort, and I still don't overly like his writing, but I DO appreciate this book! That's more than I thought I'd be able to say starting out. Lord willing, I have full intentions of reading this book, along with Kipling's other works, with my boys in a few years!
Make sure you go read Sky's review. She was the host this month. Honestly, it was her review that made me push through and finish! I think it was her thoughts that gave me the appreciation of the book I was able to get. Plus, she quotes a Tim Burton movie, which just warmed my heart! ;)