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Letters of Travel

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Contents Include: FROM TIDEWAY TO TIDEWAY (1892): In Sight of Onancock Across a Continent The Edge of the East Our Overseas Men Some Earthquakes Half-a-Dozen Pictures 'Captains Courageous' On One Side Only Leaves from a Winter Note-Book LETTERS TO THE FAMILY 1907: The Road to Quebec A People at Home Cities and Spaces Newspapers and Democracy Labour The Fortunate Towns Moun ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1983)
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From this book, I have learned that there are two Rudyard Kiplings, and the fault line runs right through the middle of Letters of Travel, 1892-1913. The first 60% of the book is about his travels to the United States, Canada, and Japan. In those places, he seems to be bored and restless, writing like a paid public relations person for the Chamber of Commerce. The moment he gets off the boat at Port Said for a visit to Egypt and the Soudan, on the other hand, he -- and the book -- comes alive. I ...more
Timothy Ferguson
I’ve read a little bit of Kipling, and so I have much the same view of him as most people who have read only a little bit of Kipling, so this book was a real eye opener. He isn’t an archetype. I’ve always thought that Kipling’s British boosterism was basically pro-English, but here we find it isn’t. He really sees himself as British first, and uses the Canadian form of Britishness to severely critique the English form, which is less robust, in his opinion. He’s also familiar with Australia and N ...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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