Review: The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Goodreads summary:

Penned by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling in 1894, The Jungle Book is a collection of allegorical stories that take place deep in the Indian jungle. The most famous stories of The Jungle Book are those featuring a young feral boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves, is friends with a panther, and was educated by the animals of the jungle. Also popular in this collection is “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” about a mongoose who protects his human family against cobras.

A treasure trove of children’s literature The Jungle Book from Word Cloud Classics is a chic and affordable addition to any library.


My opinion and comparisation with the Disney movie version and the new 2016 version:

When I was a kid I always watched the Disney version, but after that I never rewatched it. Last sunday I did and I was shocked by how much I remember of the storyline, but that I knew nothing about the moral. Usually, this always happens, so we shouldn't be that shocked, right? I was very pleased with the moral and after I watched the movie I started watching the book.

The book is so different than the movie, but the moral is the same. In the book you don't have chapters just about Mogli, but about the world and other animals. The other difference I noticed, is that the book really focuses on the imperialism and colonialism and especially from India and Great Britain. This shouldn't be a shock as well, because Rudyard Kipling came from India, but grew up in Great Britain. Because of this it gave me the same feeling as Burmese Days by George Orwell and it's one of the reason why I gave this story (even though it's different than the Disney version) 5 stars. It's so good and very moving. The book is also more political and real, which I liked as well.

After I finished The Jungle Book, I watched the 2016 version, which is now in the cinema and really hyped up. I personally LOVED the movie, even though it's also a bit different than the book. I should've finished The Second Jungle Book before I should've watched the movie though, but this version stayed more true to the book (even though some events were different), but in the movie they never talked about India and/or Great Britain or about colonies. That's what I've noticed in the Disney version as well. The movies are more universal and spoken in a way that the entire world can relate to it, which is fine as well! I love both movies and the original books and I also want to re-read it and re-watch is as many timas as I can, for many reasons. 


I loved every single page, the moral, the writing style etc. Oh let's talk about the writing style! There aren't just stories, but also poems and songs in it (no the most famous song was not in the book, it's a shame!)! Kipling was very clever there and it was fun to read as well. 

If you really want to know more about the political stuff, but still want to read about Mowgli but with a new aspect, I highly recommend checking out the book. Especially the Word Cloud edition. Even though the Disney version is for children, the original book(s) are not (in my opinion), so even as an adult you can still read it. 

What is your opinion about the original book? What differences did you notice about the Disney movie and the new one?