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Rudyard Kipling is undoubtedly among the great short story writers in the English language. This collection opens with "The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows," the first story Kipling published as a young journalist in India, and ends with an acknowledged masterpiece, "The Gardener," written 50 years later in the aftermath of the Great War. The stories of the intervening years s ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Penguin Global (first published 1900)
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Irene
Jun 05, 2007 Irene is currently reading it
Not having read Kipling since probably 3rd grade and nothing past Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Jungle Book this is a remarkably pleasant collection of much more grown up stories (though I don't think I've read any better than Rikki so far, or probably will). It continues to be a bit strange to read about Britons in India not just as invaders or conquerors but as people that live there and love it or even just treat is as their normal habitat, more like stories of American Western pioneers.

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TrumanCoyote
Mar 26, 2013 TrumanCoyote rated it liked it
Nice colloquial style--though his meaning did tend to go sailing over my head at times. Basically too much of the wacky journalist relating Amusing Incidents--so not a lot of point to them (especially 100 years later to someone across the Pond). And the unruly-coolie bit got a bit cave after a while...also the adventitious quotes at the beginnings of most stories were annoying. Best story "They"--and most heartfelt; also "Without Benefit Of Clergy" and "Purun Bhagat."
Colin
Oct 30, 2013 Colin rated it it was amazing
A splendid collection of a whole range of stories, diverse in nature and diverse in setting, all done in beautiful prose. Great book - it lasted me all summer long, reading one story each day over lunch at work.
James
Sep 05, 2010 James rated it liked it
Vivid snapshots of a different time. Marks the changes of kipling as a writer over the decades. Starts with his first published short story and culminates with his last.
Sammyz
Jan 19, 2011 Sammyz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It became pretty obvious as I plowed through the Jungle Book why these stories are so well loved after all these years, Kipling was really a genius of storytelling.
Danielle
Jun 29, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it
everytime i get a bit antsy about wanting to see india, i dig out the kipling. i enjoy his short stories- you get just enough of a bite to make you want a little more.
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Jul 27, 2010 Frightful_elk rated it really liked it
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Nice selection from a short story master, they are all really readable, some are marvellous, some are bizarre.
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Oct 12, 2008 Cornflower rated it really liked it
From good to great, these stories were a revelation to me. One in particular was utterly perfect.
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as
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