Plain Tales from the Hills
I read Plain Tales over a considerable stretch of time, so it'...more
Kipling was a writer of genius who contributed a great deal to the art of the short story and part of the joy of "Plain Tales from the Hills" is that we get to see him developing: he wrote these stories between the ages o...more
I have fond memories of Kipling's Just So Stories from when I was a child, and I was later exposed to several of his short stories during my undergraduate years. After having read Plain Tales from the Hills I feel like I can say that if you want to understand the genre of the short story or learn how to write it, read Rudyard Kipling. He mixes character with the right...more
I've read and deeply enjoyed Kipling's Jungle Books as well. So when I heard, around fifteen years ago, that Kipling had written many more stories set in the India of his youth, and that some of them even featured Strickland Sahib from Kim, I immediately headed over to...more
Deservedly so and a remarkable achievement.
Enjoyed, that is, until I hit the second gobbledygook tale written in some atrocious, supposedly Irish, dialect as narrated by one Mulvaney.
There were to be four of these endurance tests c...more
First, Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Notebook. There’s something in the relaxed narrative tone, perhaps – wavering always between engaged/interested and disengaged/disinterested. You’re entirely in the narrator’s hands with both Turgenev and Kipling, but the author’s grasp is so perfectly con...more
A series of short stories encompassing a range of styles and moral tales. There were sections of this book which I really enjoyed, sections which I found charming, some which I found educational and others which were hard because they were written as if someone was speaking with a strong accent. The whole book felt dated, but not necessarily in a bad way. It was almnost funny sometimes to see how attitudes and moral standards have changed since the book was written. Definatly worth a delve into,...more
Born in Bombay in 1865, Rudyard Kipling launched his literary career with Plain Tales from the Hills and, in 1907, became the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Many of the stories in this book were originally published in a Lahore newspaper for which Kipling worked as a journalist. Later, he revised them to re-create as vividly as possible the sights and smells of India for English readers. Including "Lispeth," "Beyond the Pale," and "In the Pride of His Youth," this collection...more
I must admit my reticence to read from them in (this case) their original language in fear of missing a lot due to my not so good proficiency in English. And it has been shown without any trace of doubt that the latter is not so good. At least, I was not so contended with myself that I did not know it in advance.
And even I can hardly managed to go through the Irish "accent" of private Mulvaney, "The Taking of Lungtungpen" will sta...more
Sad to say the criticisms are valid. Possibly exacerbated by the short story format which is never my...more
Kipling's first collection, of stories published in journals, contains a large number of quite short stories. They are all about India, and nearly all about the British in India. He establishes the subject which inspired so much of his work right at the beginning; that is, how India affected the British soldiers and officials who worked there. (Of course, the British changed India too, but that is not what Kipling chose to write about, and in man...more
This is Kipling's youthful work, and the stories are not sophisticated in structure, nor language. My impression is that they were a very accurate portrait of life in the Raj, for the masters, anyway. I'm familiar with some of them, but found the sincere racism of others intolerable. There's a fair amount of misogyny here, too. It's telling that this book was a major hit at the turn of the century.
although i enjoyed reading kipling this time around, i am still not convinced that he deserved a nobel for his writing. next book on the list is Kim. Maybe that will change my opinion!
A good read for any historian with a literary interest.
into a mirror and being shown one of the caracters faces.