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Rudyard Kipling: An Anthology Hardcover – 1 Sep 1992

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jarrold Publishing (Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711704007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711704008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 9.5 x 12.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,384,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of a series of leather-bound volumes featuring the works of great writers, this Kipling omnibus includes "The Jungle Book", "The Second Jungle Book", "Just So Stories", "Puck of Pook's Hill" and "Stalky and Co". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First had this volume over 15 years and lost it. Wonderful to have it back again. I would just say that it is brown and not red as shown in the picture. Perfect for me as that's what I wanted! Just not what was expected.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f841204) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa60a74) out of 5 stars A comprehensive collection 29 May 2002
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
... Collections of Kipling's poems have been published many times over the years, but many of them were not complete. This collection includes many not found elsewhere. Many of his poems are about the British Army or the British Empire, but there are also poems on other topics. Some of Kipling's poems are better known than others, e.g., "Gunga Din." A few have been set to music, e.g., "Mandalay" and "Gentlemen-Rankers." In some cases, particular lines are well known such as, "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet (from "The Ballad of East and West") or "the Colonel's Lady and Judy O'Grady are sisters under their skins" (from "The Ladies). Some of the poems were concerned with the poor treatment of British soldiers for whom Kipling was a champion, including "Shillin' a Day," "Back to the Army Again," "The Last of the Light Brigade," and "Tommy" ("I went into a public 'ouse to get a pint of beer, the publican 'e up an' sez, 'we serve no redcoats here' ").
Overall, it is a good, wide-ranging collection of poetry covering an extended time period. The collection is recommended for all age groups, although some poems might have to be explained to children. The poems were written at a different time in history, and readers should be aware that some of them may express prejudices and language of that period ("for she knifed me one night, 'cause I wished she was white, and I learned about women from 'er," from "The Ladies")
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa847d4ec) out of 5 stars gorgeous! 10 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Largely forgotten today, to many, Kipling is an outdated imperialist with racist and sexist views, and should be left to moulder on the shelves of public library back collections. To others, he is a great poet, with a sympathetic ear for dialogue and an uncanny ability to weave the atmosphere for any story or poem.
I side with the latter.
I've liked Kipling years back. He writes poetry as easily as he does his stories, with wit, snappy soundbites, and both the ability to make you laugh and cry.
Famous for his writings of the soldiers, for his fairy tales, he isn't much in demand these days, except maybe recommended for children, which is rather a shame, because he wrote many interesting works, be it in verse or novel.
Those who call him racist had probably not read past the first few lines. Even in more blatant works like "Gunga Din" or "Fuzzy Wuzzy", he writes with a certain respect for the natives. And even in his colonialist days he was more of its critic than its trumpet. Such an attitude is obvious in more obscure works like "We and They", or "Hadramauti", where an Arab voices his dislike for the Englishmen.
Also there are his historical pieces, like "the Dutch in the medway", describing the humiliating defeat of the British at sea, and "the Roman centurian's son", a very poignant piece about an Roman soldier being called back to Rome after decades in Britan. More whimsical and lively pieces (as well as the satire he was known for), like "The way through the woods", "Pagett, MP", his pieces for chapter headings, as well as inspiration poems like "If -".
Darker works like "the Storm come" shows that he is no warmonger; his "Recessional" predicts the dissolution of the empire which he nearly outlived, and his lament for his son in "the Children" is both moving and tragic.
I suppose there's not much to be said -the poetry is loud enough on its own, and I hope my cruddy penmanship doesn't affect your view on Kipling -or deter your from reading his works.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa96d14) out of 5 stars Bad organization still can't ruin great poetry 15 July 1999
By Gabe Rosen (rosen@redshift.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I will admit that the organization leaves a lot to be desired - you start out with the Departmental Ditties, and the Barrack-Room Ballads and Boer war poems appear together, but elsewhere you have works from the Jungle Books and story collections like Rewards and Fairies and A Diversity of creatures arranged all anyhow. There are few annotations other than Kipling's own, and no biographical context. Some of the poems, such as the superb "Philadelphia", require that you have read the stories they were drawn from to understand. The positive side of this, though, is that this book is a gateway to less famous, but wonderful books like Rewards and Fairies, Plain Tales from the Hills, and Diversity of Creatures. But above all else the poetry is great. It is not just war and colonialism - there is tragedy, love, symbolic allegories of mankind, humorous sketches, and styles that evoke emotions and associations deftly and movingly. If you can't get the whole Kipling library (which I'd like dearly to own) this book is a great way to own all his verse at once, albeit in a disorganized way.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f206858) out of 5 stars Raw, Untarnished Kipling! 7 April 2002
By S. Miska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Much ado has been made lately about Kipling, mainly due to a resurgence of affection for poems like The White Man's Burden. Although this has been brought on by the war on terrorism, Kipling's work will brave the tests of time granting him immortality.
Some reviewers have criticized the organization of Complete Verse. The table of contents lists all 500 or so poems in alphabetical order, and the editor provides an index of first lines. What the reader does not get is a scholar's interpretation of Kipling's prose. Although sometimes I enjoy reading another's perspective on the author's intentions, why bias my own experience with the thoughts of another critic? Much better to walk the fields of verse on a virgin path, experiencing Kipling through my own mind.
A great compilation of poetry from a splendid author. Bravo!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f027d44) out of 5 stars Excellent book, disappointingly organized. 28 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While seemingly comprehensive with over 500 poems, the book is disappointingly organized and has no biographical or historical information. The table of contents is alphabetical, by poem name, but there is no organization by period, subject, geography, or even by alphabet. There is an index of first lines, which works unless you only remember some of the later lines. Footnotes are limited to definitions of otherwise obscure or unknown terms, but they are very helpful.

However, these shortcomings do not detract from Kipling's poetry, which can be quite moving.
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