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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor [Kindle Edition]

Amelia E. Curzon
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mungai, a jungle creature of indeterminate origin, happily ambles through life dreaming up scandalous get-rich-quick schemes. On his travels he meets Goa, an equally ruthless and selfish Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her "the usefulness of the lesser species", and his latest highly profitable master plan, Mungai tempts Goa into joining him in his search for as many unsuspecting creatures as they can muster.
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Very soon they meet and befriend some innocent animals of the woodland, including Bodger, an amiable and easily led badger. With much flattery and tale spinning, Mungai manages to coax Bodger and his friends into joining forces with him and Goa in his latest ill-founded chicanery. So convinced are the little animals by Mungai's anecdotes of wealth and happiness, the gullible companions persuade multitudes of other species from the woodland, jungle and rainforest to come along as well.
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But, things are not quite what they seem, and before long, through the force of sheer greed, the future of their beloved environment is in the balance.
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"Amelia Curzon has created a beautiful fable in "Mungai and the Goa Constrictor" that warns of the effects of destruction of the forest in a fashion that is innocent, entertaining and compelling" - Scarlett Raines
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"A witty and fascinating story filled with a splendid collection of characters" - Jason Sullivan

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A Superb Classic! March 16, 2013 By Christine Corretti

From the Author

Why this particular story?  
Amelia Curzon felt strongly enough about certain events to put them into words a child would recognise and enjoy. Amelia had the idea for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor after seeing how many times her 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 her it was a warning, a way of understanding that if children, 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 wellbeing.

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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469935163
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H2EHAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Story Had Me Smiling August 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Amelia Curzon's Mungai and the Goa Constrictor was a surprisingly fun read, that
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 9, 2012
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This is an enjoyable story that is difficult to classify. The vocabulary places it above the level of a children's' book, except perhaps for very bright kids with very patient parents willing to define words. For young adults and adults the theme is a bit worn: conservation good, rapaciousness bad. What made the story work for me were the characters, who exemplified a broad spectrum of human traits. The story was reasonably rich in human (via animal characters) behaviors ranging from Machiavellianism to altruism. I give it a solid four stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale February 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and entertaining! February 12, 2013
By Mina M
Format:Kindle Edition
In Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Amelia Curson portrays a character cast of jungle and woodland animals with human traits, such as the good and the evil, the scheming and the naïve, and the hard working and the lazy. Mungai, an undefined and highly adaptive jungle creature who can produce scents to achieve his goals, and Goa, the slimy slithering and lisping constrictor, are an odd pair of leaders of the worst kind. The two lead the cult of jungle and woodland naïve animals, who believe Mungai and Goa's smooth talk and empty promises.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For All Ages! January 10, 2013
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Select a place..any where in the world and you most probably have heard stories about a pair to be very wary of, like Mungai and the Goa Constrictor! Likely, you'll have heard them directly, from the innocent victims left strewn aside in their wake. This is a story about nature, reforestation, gold mining, animals both two legged and four legged and the most nebulous kind of all... that of the cold and calculating... psychological nature.
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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work Amelia!
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 more
Published 6 months ago by The Brit
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Entertaining
Amelia Curzon, brilliantly and entertainingly brings to life an array of wildlife endued with human characteristics of good and evil, duplicity and naivety. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Schreiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale for now
Mungai and The Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon

Mungai is quite the scamp in this story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical tail
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 more
Published 12 months ago by David Rowinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and insightful!
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining
"Mungai and the Goa Constrictor" by Amelia E. Curzon is as lovely a story as it is serious. Written for children and adults alike it should provide a good base for adult - child... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Classic!
Curzon's "Mungai and the Goa Constrictor" is worthy of being a classic. It is fable, novel, allegory -- all in one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christine Corretti
5.0 out of 5 stars Mungai
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 18 months ago by The Halulkos
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Tale
A delightful tale of an incorrigible jungle creature and his shady -- not to mention greedy -- sidekick, a lisping boa constrictor. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for the whole family
What a delightful read that can be read by anyone. The characters are refreshing and the story line holds interest along lines of themes of good and evil. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr.
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More About the Author

Having grown up in the Mediterranean and having later lived and worked in various countries, Amelia Curzon eventually settled permanently in the United Kingdom.
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.


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