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Book Title: Rikki Tikki Tavi|
The author of the book: Rudyard Kipling
Edition: Ideals Publications
Date of issue: February 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780824965976
Format files: PDF
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one of the stories in Kipling's classic, The Jungle Book, now in the public domain and free, via Project Gutenberg. It's also available in several audiobook renditions.
The plot may be too scary or sad for some children, but yet I am heartened to see kids reading a few stories that are not sugar-coated.
This story is so vivid. The mongoose almost pops from the pages. Excellent characterization of this fierce critter. Kipling develops traits of curiosity, courage, determination, intelligence, and protectiveness.
Written over a century ago, and set in India at an English encampment, it's comprehensible, heartwarming, and suspenseful. Oh — and rather frightful at times. Gory even. Bloody.
Go, Rikki! Red-eyed warrior!
I love all creatures, but I don't want to hear anything at this point about the poor little king cobras. If one slithered into your bathroom to kill your little boy, you'd go nuts, too. (And plus, in the story, Kipling himself speaks up for the cobra's right to protect its turf.)
Good thing little Teddy has a ferocious guardian — a mongoose, somewhat resistant to snake venom and oh so quick! He's ideally suited to tackle Karait, Nag, and Nagaina. (Did Rowling name Valdemort's cobra, Nagini, after them??)
We all need a mongoose in our lives, an unrelenting guard-dog to watch over the bungalow while we sleep. And then, when the danger has passed, to nose curiously into everything, for "Run and Find Out" is the mongoose motto (rather destructive little pets, so they say.)
I could use a tailorbird like Darzee, too. Someone to mend my socks, and then partner up with my "watchdog" when a killer comes calling.
Learn about the mongoose's resistance to snake venom: http://blog.africaraw.com/the-key-to-...
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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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