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Subtitled 'Being Stories of Mine Own People', Kipling wrote that these tales are 'from all places and all sorts of people'.
Published May 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1891)
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This book is a collection of short stories written by Rudyard Kipling. They include one story written when he was only 19, and vary in size from 2 1/2 pages to much longer stories.

All of the stories are set in colonial India, and share some basic themes: the conflict between the races, the doubt over the value of civilization, the frustration over fighting a losing battle, and yet the joy in comradeship, even if the war is a pointless one.

I didn't read the preface until I was at least halfway t
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.

Rudyard Kipling produced a large number of short stories, including some of his best known writing (The Jungle Book, for example, being a collection of connected tales). They are quite varied, even when dealing with a specific theme, as here: Life's Handicap contains twenty seven stories about the experience of the British in India. Some have dated more than others, but they all have the marvellous sense of atmosphere which is the hallmark of
marki jones
Jul 31, 2007 marki jones is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for little tales of wisdom that aren't in lame overpriced quote flipbooks
My copy of this book was published in 1931. I found it at the Boston Public Library and considered stealing it, but avoided the risk and found the same copy on ebay a day later. I was shocked to see a swastika on the front. It goes counterclockwise, this direction usually associated a picture of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha. Apparently as the symbol became a staple of the Nazi party Kipling began to demand the printing block eliminate it from copies his books. Anyway I am halfway throug ...more
Edoardo Albert
These early stories display Kipling's extraordinary mastery of the art of immersing the reader in a place and situation, primarily through his ear for the rhythms of speech but also via the very structures of what he wrote. Almost all of these stories are set in the Indian subcontinent, with protagonists ranging from the high Imperial servants to ragged Indian beggars. Is Kipling's portrayal of 19th-century India accurate? I cannot say, but it has the internal consistency and imaginative force o ...more
Que son los cuentos de la gente de mi tierra, nos advierte Kipling en esta recopilación de cuentos que nos recuerda sus Plain Tales of the Hill en mucho, aunque con una variedad de cuentos que van desde casi la nouvelle a la historia corta. No tiene el grado de compacidad de esa, su primera colección e cuentos, pero no deja de ser una muestra del genio como narrador de Kipling, en la que siempre está presente la idea de frontera, de mestizaje, de encuentro frente a una otra realidad misteriosa y ...more
I really enjoyed this book. This is a book of short stories about tales from travelers that Rudyard met or of experiences he had or at least stories he wrote as having experienced. A lot of humor. A lot of sorrow. Some terrifying things. Some supernatural.

Quite interesting and an interesting perspective into the people in and around India in the late 1800's. I'm always amazed to learn about how connected the world was, even then, when travel was so much more restricted.
Impresionante algunos de las historias como la del elefante y la marca de la bestia, curioso leer la cultura tan diferente a la occidental.
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

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