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She is the mother of two grown children who provide her with much of her inspiration in life. Amelia's interests include horses and all other animals, the environment, reading, and of course writing.
Amelia has been writing short stories and poems since childhood and had created and narrated many stories to her own children in their younger years. Insomuch as her stories have always been about animals it seems only natural her first novel be written for the genres children and teen and contain lots of four legged creatures.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
held my attention throughout. Curzon's clever use of animals interspersed with two legs, all the varying shades of personality along the good to evil spectrum among the forest and jungle was a cleverly written story. It has been said that there are but a few fundamental stories repeated over and over again throughout history, and what avoids tedium and boredom is the creativity in the telling, to that Curzon gets credit. The combination of the Goa and Mungai with their two leg counterparts juxtaposed with the other characters and their two leg members create a tension of good and evil, that holds interest, with scene of fermented apple juice, jungle description, fits of laughter, betrayal, human emotions and dialogue in the cast of animal characters, a narcissistic snake, a cult like following, and messages about deforestation and animal abuse, all combine into a sweet read.
Mungai, escapes from a zoo by literally biting the hand that feeds him, to obtain his freedom. Along the way he connects with a self centered, narcissistic snake named Goa. They instantly mirror and gravitate to the lack of conscience in each other and recognize "possibilities" of a greater future together. They exist in this world only to use everyone that they encounter to their own advantage.
They formulate a plan to exploit a group of unsuspecting animals, promising great rewards in the future, if the animals do as they request.
Having every faith in the pair, the animals work laboriously constructing tables, chairs and baskets out of wood with the promise of hope and prosperity for their respective families. They listen attentively to Mungai and Goa, as the two speak with authority and are quite erudite in their knowledge of the woodland surroundings and little gold treasures. To doubt their sincerity would be erroneous as the animals would have a falling out with their peers and thus be made to look foolish.
Through manipulation and cajoling the two cause confusion every step of the way. The woodland and jungle animals work together in good faith but they are gullible and unbeknownst to them are being terribly misled. Their gold mining endeavours, are necessary to pay for new equipment, used by humans to work at deforestation!Read more ›
This unique book is a delightful read for all ages that could become a classic and be adapted to a school's curriculum. The dialogues are witty and entertaining, and the characters are intriguing and well developed. A provoking and engaging read, I give it five stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice story that holds your attention. Adults as well as children will enjoy this smart, engaging tale of good and evil, the stuff all good fairy tales and legends are made of. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tammy Ruggles
This is a very clever story. Amelia's imagination and use of animals to tell a story is amazing. I loved the story from start to finish and would recommend it as a must read on any... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Author Kevin Cooper
Amelia Curzon, brilliantly and entertainingly brings to life an array of wildlife endued with human characteristics of good and evil, duplicity and naivety. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Peter Schreiner
Mungai and The Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon
Mungai is quite the scamp in this story. Read more
I finished reading Mungai and the Goa Constrictor over a week ago and though I planned on immediately posting a review I refrained, allowing myself time to consider the story. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by David Rowinski
I loved this book. Mungai is quite a character. An unidentified animal, I believe a little bit of Mungai is in everyone of us in some way or another. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Paul
Curzon's "Mungai and the Goa Constrictor" is worthy of being a classic. It is fable, novel, allegory -- all in one. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Christine Corretti, Ph.D.
Great, great, great book! Excellent lesson, and almost a vicious-circle type ending, which I find to be uncommon in most books. 5/5 stars.Published on February 23, 2013 by The Halulkos
A delightful tale of an incorrigible jungle creature and his shady -- not to mention greedy -- sidekick, a lisping boa constrictor. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Karen Prince