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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Шкільні історії про Сталкі — особлива сторінка творчості всесвітньо відомого письменника Ред'ярда Кіплінґа. Адже написано їх на основі його власного досвіду навчання у Коледжі збройних сил у Вестворд-Гоу! Бунтарські та зухвалі пригоди Сталкі та його компанії, хоча й створені понад сто років тому, — це щось нове у хлопчачій підлітковій прозі. Українською перекладено вперше. ...more
Hardcover, 1, 160 pages
Published 2013 by Навчальна книга — Богдан (first published 1897)
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Simon Mcleish
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.

Few of Kipling's fictional stories contain much of an autobiographical element, despite his frequent use of the first person. In this collection of stories, the school and some of the characters are based on his own experiences; Beetle, in particular, is a self portrait.

The Devon boarding school portrayed in the book is basically a factory for producing future officers of the British army to serve in the colonies, and is by modern standards a vio
Sherwood Smith
This and P.G. Wodehouse's are among the best of the "school stories" genre--boarding school stories that were enormously popular during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and the first half of the twentieth, with a rapid falling off around WW II.

Most school stories, Wodehouse's included, shroud the boys in eternal youth, their bright star shining at games and being prefects, etc. There is scarce a hint at the prospect of being a grownup--except in Kipling's hilarious, brilliantly written
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2018
Re-read 2018

I must’ve read this countless time.. each time it’s still very entertaining. Though each time darker thought creeps deeper into it. I need to read it sparingly to not break it.


Stalky & co is the ultimate boy's boarding school book for me. If Enid Blyton's numerous school stories reigned my childhood, then Stalky is the story I can continue to enjoy in my adulthood. It's devilishly funny & one of my favourite Kipling's work. My most favourite would have to be Baa Baa Blacksheep (i
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I tried, believe me, I did it. My friend loves the book and I'm also a fan of boarding-school stories. But I just couldn't get through this one. The students were a**holes, the teachers were abusive and overall it was too "boys will be boys"-ish for my liking. Every chapter I managed to finish left a bad taste in my mouth. ...more
Victorian schoolboys (at least, the ones in Victorian school stories) seem to have been tougher customers that their twentieth-century equivalents.

The three heroes of this famous book, aged fifteen or sixteen when we first meet them, all smoke like chimneys, quaff substantial amounts of beer (some of which they brew illicitly on the school premises) and indulge in frequent, salutary violence, though always, of course, from the finest of motives. If they little resemble the clean-cut young exempl
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fiction
"Unluckily, all Mr. Prout's imagination leaned to the darker side of life, and he looked on those young-eyed cherubim most sourly. Boys that he understood attended house-matches and could be accounted for at any moment. But he had hear M'Turk openly deride cricket--even house-matches; Beetle's views on the honour of the house he knew we incendiary; and he could never tell when the soft and smiling Stalky was laughing at him. Consequently--since human nature is what it is--those boys had been doi ...more
C Mic
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book so many times that it has become dog eared and stained and creased along all the best pages - the mark of a favourite.

Even if the imperialism of the British Empire and the undisguised brutality of the Victorian school boy doesn't appeal, the sheer deliciousness of excerpts from Browning and Ruskin, the snippets of Latin and French and the frabjous forms of expression will be enough.

The pleasure of being a clever cheeky school boy looking to practice the art of warfare and s
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread because YT reminded me it existed. I loved it when I was eight (apparently it did not bother me that entire conversations were incomprehensible on account of French, Latin, 19th century slang or all three) and enjoyed actually understanding the French, Latin and historical references (well, being able to google them, anyway) this time around. Loses a star for colonialism and one bit of astounding narrative sexism, egregious even for the era, that makes me throw the book across the room ev ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. Read initially as part of my quest to discover what got the nineteenth century reading, this will go straight to my must-read-again stack. Kipling writes like an angel and perfectly captures the glee of a clever teenager who outwits those he despises but is capable of recognising heroism in those he admires. It's one of those rare books which can make you cry with laughing then five minutes later cry for the pity of things. It is a series of loosely linked japes but the fi ...more
Catherine Hill
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
One of the most influential books of my life, first read at age 14. Some folks might think it a lamentable influence, with the three protagonists creatively breaking every school rule. It´s also about underdogs fighting back - underdogs who read Ruskin and Browing and the English Opium Eater. Every kid who´s ever been considered a nerd can identify with it - and even learn a few positive things.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Still my favourite edition of this book. I've read it countless times, and will again. Dear old Stalky, dear old M'Turk, and "the egregious Beetle." For anyone who dreamed of going to boarding school, or dreamed of going back to the 19th century, or both. For some reason, the last chapter is my favourite. It's something about the wording; I can see it all. ...more
The Sheila
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hooligans and nascent chauvinists?
That smart-mouthed bully who used to get away with cheating, lying, and throwing spitballs at your head during Chem. has most likely grown up to be the hero of the frickin' universe. But what are you complaining about, you giddy basket-hanger? Boys will be boys. ...more
May 09, 2016 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Oh Captain, my Captain!
Prex Ybasco
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classic
I buried my head in Rudyard Kipling’s novel Stalky & Co. It took me a long while to finish that thin book. At first I could not get the hang of the dialogues in it but the setting of the story helped me a lot as it is a school. The story revolves around this three…I repeat…three boys who excel in different fields but do not run out of naughtiness. Stalky is the leader who can worm his way out of any trouble because of his expertise in spoken language. He is quite witty. M’Turk is a placid guy wh ...more
J Grimsey
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different world and unfashionable but really enjoyable
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have met only one other family that has read this book. I read it sometime in my teens. My father and his sister had the book. I don't know that every one of my siblings read it, but I know Ruth did. ...more
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a child. I discovered it at about the age of 11 or so and I read and re-read it till my copy practically fell apart. I was still re-reading it at university.

Three boys at a turn of the century boarding school that particularly schools the boys towards Sandhurst and the army. They are a law unto themselves and specialise in righting wrongs, usually in a particularly stylish manner and in such a way that they rarely get caught or wriggle out of it magnificently. The bully tea
Adrian Buck
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought Stalky was going to die, but he wandered into Flashman novel instead. This was something of an anti-climax to what was a challenging read; so close to my own experiences in a West Country minor boarding school - especially the language despite a hundred years between Beetle and me - and yet so alien. The cynicism of Stalky & Co was what surprised me most. House spirit was sacred to us: a boy played a house match with a fractured vertebrae that kept him off the pitch for the first fifte ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my favorite Kipling books, Stalky & Co takes the then-popular "school days" genre and sets it on its sanctimonious head. Stalky, the "ringleader", along with his friends Beetle and M'Turk, have much more in common with modern schoolboy heroes than their contemporary literary counterparts. Their penchant for mischief continually gets them in trouble, but they always manage to wriggle out of it somehow, bringing each of the stories to a satisfying conclusion.

My lack of familiarity with
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-over-over
Along with The Light That Failed, Stalky is one of Kipling's autobiographical novels, and it's the best by far. Pimply, pompous, devious, disrespectful teenagers may not be your idea of the Three Musketeers, yet that's exactly who they are - before they meet women. Like most British writers of that twilight-of-the-British-Empire era, Kipling could not, would not take on sexuality. I blame the boarding school system, which took boys at age 8 or nine and stunted their emotional development -
but n
Gill Moran
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend asked me if I'd read this and I hadn't... so pleased I did. It took a little getting into; the language is, of course, a little dated and some of the attitudes, too, are not what we would expect these days.

But that aside, once I adapted, it was a wonderful read, by turns funny and clever and just a little bit sad. The final chapter was delightful.

I understand that the version I have - not the one pictured - is not the complete and unabridged - mine does not have the cattle-rustling epis
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The casual brutality of the late nineteenth century really comes through in this novel. But since the young people of the school in the book were all being trained up to be cannon-fodder, perhaps that was an appropriate way of rearing boys. Women don't feature in the story at all, except as a means of humiliating one of the characters and to be put in their place by Kipling as only having one role in life.

But having said all that the story is entertaining, as Stalky and his friends use their bra
Delia Turner
One of my absolute favorite books when I was a child, though I understood perhaps a half of the language and little of the context. Stalky, McTurk, and Beetle conspire against their masters, cheat, bully their superiors, and exact revenge against the sanctimonious with a ferocious joy that makes them eternally appealing. Never mind that Kipling's worldview is irredeemably skewed. As I was rereading it now, decades later, I understand better how my own naive perceptions of the world were formed, ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read a biography of Winston Churchill, I was struck by the similarities in the two men's (WSC & RK) educational experiences. WSC did get to Sandhurst, and maintained an anachronistic belief in the values of Empire most of his life. I think during WW2 it was an important part of his strength. A fascinating window on a lost era, when Empire was "a good thing" and fagging was character-building, toughening one up and engendering respect for hierarchy. Kipling has a contempt for cant ...more
Terry Irving
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
For good or ill, if you want to understand the British Empire at the peak of it's power--and the men who made it work--read Stalky & Co.

From the random (and slightly homoerotic) hazing to the rebellious and inventive rebellions to the intelligence and classical education - it's life at a British public school as no one has ever described it before or since.
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a native engmish speaker I found it sometimes hard to understand the vocabulary used by these young characters. However I enjoyed this reading a lot, feeling as if I were living the adventures with stalky and his companions.
Elaine Smith
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult read now as life and language are so different,but a glorious romp through a harsh school life that these boys relished! No wonder we ran an Empire. Matter of fact about life and death, a reminder in this therapist addicted age, that life can be viewed very differently.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my notebook informs me that I read this in 1986 - for at least the second time - the BBC TV adaptation may have had something to do with it. I know I thouroughly enjoyed it, and this particular edition is still on my shelf almost 30 years later, along with a copy of the Complete Stalky
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book from about 10 years old to 12. Not even people who like Kipling read this that much. I was a weird kid.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Neil by: Bev Heath-Coleman
Shelves: bookeen
superb, took me right back to my own school days when I was directly involved (from both sides) in those kinds of stunts. Great fun to read, great memories and a poignant ending.
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