The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

[selected Stories of Rudyard Kipling]

Book - 2011
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This collection of Kipling's short stories follows the development of his work over fifty years, and range from the harsh, cruel, world of the "Indian" stories, through the "experimental modernism of his middle period, to the highly wrought subtleties of his later pieces"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: London, Eng. ; New York, NY : Penguin Classics, 2011
ISBN: 9780141442358
Branch Call Number: PR4852 .M66 2011
Characteristics: xxxvi, 573 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Montefiore, Jan


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Jan 12, 2018

A superlative collection of 38 of Kipling's short stories , from his earliest in 1880's Victorian Britain and the Raj, to his final works in an altogether different world of the 1930's.
Kipling is much maligned these days;dismissed as a stooge for colonialism and imperial Britain, but I honestly have to wonder if these critics have ever read a word Kipling wrote.
Its the range, quality and style of these stories that so impresses.In 'The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes' you not only have a surreal masterpiece, but arguably a reflection on the impossibility of Empire or society based on a presumed superiority of one class over another; a need to work together to get out of situations that engulf.'The Man Who Would be King' again views a rule based on false presumptions and claims and how-once the myth is gone- it all comes clattering down.His obvious respect for the various eastern religions comes through(as in 'Mohammad Din') and in 'Naboth'he uses comedy to satire colonialism with his garden being slowly over taken by a local native.
Kipling is easily amongst the greats in short story writing. Admirers of Cheever will feel well at home with these.
The anti Kipling lobby do a huge disservice to literature a) by having not read Kipling yet coming out with cliches they've learned from some third rate rag somewhere and b)shamefully putting people off reading his fantastic tales.
A really great and definitive collection of the best from a truly deserving Nobel winner. Rediscover !


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