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Rudyard Kipling: Stories From India

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Large Format for easy reading. Collected works set in Colonial India from the 'defender of British imperialism' and author of 'Jungle Book'.
Published September 1st 2003 (first published 1885)
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Colleen Houck
I was presented with the 1937 edition of Tales of India as a gift when I visited Sterling Publishing in October of 2010. I'm excited to finally get started reading it. The pages are old and crack easily so I'll have to be careful.

It took me forever to get through this book partly because I was being extra careful with the pages but mostly because it took me a long time to figure out the dialogue with the accents written in. Not exactly what I expected. I thought that it would be more about India
The stories, characters, situations, portrayals, dialogues are fresh, rich and funny, even though they were written almost a 100 years ago. The language was very Victorian so I had a tough time occasionally when my understanding and interest hit roadblocks of heavy and cursive words of Victorian times. But the stories probably would not have been so funny if not in such a honorary language justifying the colonial times the stories are based on. The most light and funny situations are explained i ...more
I love British movies, especially BBC TV series. Those 90 minutes episodes seem to me funny, demure and the accent is more than sexy. Each of Kipling's Indian Tales looks like an episod of a BBC TV series.
Of course, the stories are easy to read but they stick to you and the next one always seems to be more interesting than the previous. Probably it's because of Kipling's subtle and funny style or maybe the exotic indian setting is to blame.
Anyway, Kipling doesn't seem to try hard. He does not w
Segunda recopilación de los cuentos de las colinas, el primer libro de Kipling, uno de los libros favoritos de Borges...
Cuentos de apenas 6 páginas, con un dibujo certero de personajes, tramas en las que está excluido lo "plano", una mirada abierta al mundo mestizo de la India, donde el inglés se convierte en seres anodinos, que intentan mantener trazas de su cultura sin un contexto claro o que se vuelven más indios que los propios indios, donde el indio siempre es más sabio que el civilizado oc
I actually found a hard copy of this book at the library (first checked out in 1940!). The cover fell off in my hands.

Enjoyed most of the stories (especially the creepy, scary ones) but I must admit that I skimmed over a few that were mostly just soldiers telling yarns in camp.

I'd like to see some of these made into movies.
When I was a little child I enjoyed "The Jungle Book", now I a appreciate Kipling for a lot more than that. And I just started to discover the universe created by Kipling, other books are on my future reading list.
The "Indian Tales" is a collection of short novels centered on british life in colonies. As all books on this topic I enjoyed it.
My copy of this book is in romanian.
Paul Lovell
Read story 1 & 3 only. Didn't like the tone.
Tara Renaud
Read a good bit of this on my phone(ebook), but had to set it aside to make room for another ebook on my phone. Will come back to it though, as it was getting interesting.
Gayathri Thangamani
This one is surely old wives tale from India.. I enjoyed some of the tales... But surely not the best of rudyard kipling
Arq Carlos
No lo recomiendo... seguro que hace un siglo esta literatura resultaba entretenida, ya no... waste of time!!
James Eckman
I've read all of these before and I read the better ones this time.
Vividly detailed short stories from the days of the Raj.
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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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