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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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 ›
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.
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 24 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 on February 26, 2014 by 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
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
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... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Mina M
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
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