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One of my favorite all time books is The Jungle Books, which far surpasses any attempts to put it on film. The language is very flowery, as you put it, but even now, I can quote reams of dialogue between Mowgli and his friends, or Shere Khan's snide remarks. And lest we forget, the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi or the white seal. All excellent stories.

At the other end of the spectrum, but still dealing with nature, Jack London's characters used language as sparingly as a miser uses money, yet very effectively. I loved his books about wolves as a child.

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