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Highly recommended, 14 Oct. 2013
First time I have read Kipling, and am greatly impressed. He is certainly a master storyteller, and there are passages of beautiful prose. He creates a large canvas of India's sprawling continent and the diversity of its people and customs at the end of the 19th century. Presently about two thirds of the way through. The Puffin edition is first rate with comfortable font size and plenty of background information about the author, India at that time and the effects of empire plus a good introduction by S. Cooper.