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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
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Musings from a Tangled Mind. Sunset Boulevard Writings of a Cinephile. I had the idea for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor after seeing how many times my own children were fooled into naively attaching themselves to situations and people without realising the potential dangers - trusting without question and following without forethought. For me it was a warning, a way of understanding that if children, teens and young adults, did not show vigilance or did not appreciate the dangers, they could find themselves gulled into believing things which simply are not true; people do lie and they do mislead, as a result circumstances might arise which may not be beneficial to their well-being.
Like the other reviewers of this work, I haven't read an animal fable in years. Readers, this is a story for older children and, perhaps, keenly intelligent 12 to year-olds. The vocabulary will send young readers running for a dictionary, although that is a good thing. The web of intrigue the mysterious Mungai and his sidekick Goa set for the charmingly sweet albeit gullible, two-legged creatures is what could happen Anywhere in the Universe, if people do not learn to look beyond slick words and ill-wrought intentions of those who want to slither through life looking to live comfortably from the fruits of others' labor.
I love the fate Curzon culls for both Mungai and Goa at the tale's end! Read it for yourself to discover the hidden treasures and subterfuge taking place under lush jungle and woodland foliage. Great literature teachers are going to have a delightful time creating learning centers and novel maps and an array of writing assignments for this book! I haven't read anything of that genre since substituting grade school students more than 20 years ago. The story is reminiscent of a modern day Animal Farm, but yet, not quite.
I don't want to say too much more, as not to spoil the story. It is in my opinion that this book is geared more for the adult than a child. I wouldn't neccessarily consider this a young children's book at all. Perhaps, for an older child of 12 or 13, maybe?
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Given the vocabulary alone in the the first two pages, is proof enough that it wasn't meant for little ones under age 5 or 6. I feel, would not or, could not, be comprehended until a much older age.
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This book is aimed predominantly at children and so its not something I would normally read or review. However, I have to say that I loved it and can not fault the story or the writing at all. Not since reading Animal Farm as part of my year 7 English class can I recall reading anything from the point of view of animals living in a human like society. And just like with that book, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor takes you on a journey of intrigue and quite self discovery.
To a world that, were it not for the fact that the characters are jungle animals, it could be set in any school, town, business, or city near you. Where the top dog is always looking for ways to be bigger and better with less effort, by taking more from the less worldly and more gullible underdog. With great dastardly characters and lovable up risers, and set amongst the glorious, if disappearing backdrop of an undisclosed jungle, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a cautionary tale and a must read book for all.
An engaging and subliminally educational 5 Star read. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon is a wonderful story.
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It is allegorical in the tradition of Animal Farm, and I must admit I am a fan of allegories, but it is also a witty and fascinating story filled with a splendid collection of characters. There are important messages in this book. Themes such as responsibility, needs versus desires, and trustworthiness are woven into the plot. There is also wit and whimsy and a cast of thoroughly enjoyable animal characters. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a fairly quick read and the action moves swiftly. There is never a dull moment. Many of the interactions between the animals will seem familiar as indeed they are insightful into human society.
The animals have a certain irrepressible spirit that shines through, even in the worst situations, which is authentically heartening.
One can't help but despair, however, at the damage Mungai and Goa inflict upon the others through their greedy and self-centered behaviors. Mungai is a sneaky and manipulative creature. He is not quite lovable, but certainly unforgettable!
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