Kipling Abroad: Traffics and Discoveries from Burma to Brazil
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Kipling Abroad: Traffics and Discoveries from Burma to Brazil

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Rudyard Kipling's genius for evoking the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of a place was crystallised in his fiction, in which he introduced Victorian and later readers to the drama and exoticism of the East. Kipling’s poetry, journalism, and letters also encapsulated the spirit of the places he visited, from Egypt, India and Brazil to the United States and Southern Africa....more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by I. B. Tauris (first published 1904)
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2000.

Most collections of Rudyard's Kipling's short stories today seem rather uneven; some of his writing has dated much more than the rest. Traffics and Discoveries is not so much uneven as poor; few of the stories it contains have much to say. There are several patriotic stories from the Boer War period; as this was hardly marked by British moral superiority - being best remembered today for the British invention of the concentration camp - its p...more
John Seriot
Some of the stories, particularly those about the Royal Navy, are now a bit outdated and difficult to understand. 'The Army of a Dream' now sounds more like a nightmare. Much as we can understand Kipling's willingness to improve the armed forces in Britain, his vision of a highly militarised Britain evokes the Japanese society between the two world wars. Fortunately, stories like 'Wireless', 'Mrs Bathurst' and 'Below the Mill Dam' bring back Kipling's story-telling skills at their best, with a t...more
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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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