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Selected Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Kipling, Rudyard]
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About the Author

Born in Bombay, India, but raised in England from the age of five, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is today best known as the author of such classics of literature as The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902) and Just So Stories (1902). He returned to India in 1882 to become a journalist and local newspaper editor and began writing supernatural stories set in his native continent. Kipling was the first British writer to be award the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1907.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (28 Jun. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #664,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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he read this book as a child and was so in love with it i simply had to try and get him a copy,wonderful story.
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HASH(0x986567a4) out of 5 stars A Very Good Selection 18 April 2006
By Rodney J. Szasz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a fan of the greatest short story writer in history or someone looking for an introduction, this volume is the best selection of his stories that I have come across. I have about three other collected works at home and this is the edition that I carry overseas on trip to while away hours late at night. It ecapsulates all eras and genres of Kipling's unique gift of story telling. It is more or less chronological and evinces a sort of pervasive enuie for the human condition, pathos, and at times brilliance and adulation.

Kipling gets some bad press because of some of his writing (most of it contemporary journalistic artcles) that seem to be a sideways adulation of imperialism. Ironic because if any person ever wanted an introduction to the dissillusion of imperialism, the corrosive influence it has on human relations, then Kipling offers the best samples. The poignant and heartwrenching tale of mixed marriage in "Without Benefit of Clergy" is something that stands out. Moods of loss as a result of WWI comes through in "The Gardener" and in what I think is some of the most intriguing prose is the fate of locals set in cicumstances where they clearly should not be... Kipling has an uncanny ability to describe female emotions which positively are really only akin to Katherine Mansfield "A Wayside Comedy."

There is also the dangers of getting lost in the land and the way that the land will always reclaim itself no matter what the power or the depredations of the white sahibs -- "The Man Who Would be King."

There are the course revelries of the working-class infantry blokes, their inability to understand the place, their irreverence of the locals and the prisons of their ignorance. My favourite "The Miracle of Purun Baghat", a tale of a former Princely dependence leader who, at the top of his career leaves it all to lead the life of extreme astheticism as a Sadhu and becomes a God.

There is a lot here to ponder and keep you company. Jingoism is about the furthest thing from one's mind when reading Kipling -- an extreme melancholy and pathos -- undoubtedly.
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