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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by [Curzon, Amelia E.]
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A Superb Classic! March 16, 2013 By Christine Corretti

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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: 2562 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H2EHAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mungai and The Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon

Mungai is quite the scamp in this story. It is a well written narrative about jungle animals that end up banding together to start a business set up by Mungai and his cohort the goa constrictor. Mungai and the constrictor are quite sneaky and set the animals up to destroy their homeland just so they can reap the benefits. The animals believe the lines they are fed because they think they can get something for nothing. This story pretty much proves that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Mungai and the constrictor manage to not only fool the animals, but go into a partnership with a couple of seedy humans as well. I do not want to spoil the story, but the animals come to their senses. I will leave the ending alone as not to spoil it for those reading the story.
The tale is well told and the lessons involved are enormous. I recommend this as a story to be read with your children. The discussion possibilities are endless.
The author asked me to read this book for an honest review. This book has such far reaching possibilities for the future, that I had no choice but to give it 5 out of 5 stars!
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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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Amelia Curzon's Mungai and The Goa Constrictor is a unique and wonderful work on its own. The characters are varied and interesting. It is very clever how Ms. Curzon uses predominantly animals to tell her story and includes the "two legged" in both a positive and negative light to compliment the story. That being said as a reader I did compare her work to other wonderful works that used animals as characters as well.
There are nuances of George Orwell's Animal Farm and as the one explores the corruption of the powerful and effect on the weak in regards to revolution Mungai and The Goa Constrictor beautifully addresses the effect of corruption and greed set before the need to protect our environment.
Rudyard Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi gives the reader the heroic Mongoose against the evil King Cobra. Amelia Curzon manages to do far more than that by giving different characters the power to be heroes whether by conviction or chance. "Since no-one was in, they decided to investigate further. They were not brave, they were simply curious."
The character's need to balance understanding what is real, right and true while strong influences cleverly deceive them.
The sophisticated narrative will enhance any young reader's vocabulary while making it an enjoyable read for any adult.
I give Mungai and the Goa Constrictor a five star rating for its clever narrative and unique style.
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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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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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