Puck of Pook's Hill (Puck #1)
This book carries with it a childhood memory for me. I used to buy comics from the Higginbothams' bookstall in the railway station (they still have stalls all over railway stations in South India, but carry mostly magazines) - Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Bugs Bunny... freely available in those days and costing the lordly sum of one rupee. My father on this occasion, however, decided t ...more
And in this collection, we can see yet another branch of influence. In several stories spanning centuries of English history, Kipli ...more
The first chapter in simple marv ...more
Expect the unexpected with Puck (from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream") as your guide. Characters from various periods of history make appearances, and tell their wondrous tales. Be wary not to be magicked by Puck's "Oak, and Ash, and Thorn", lest you forget the story.
However, most of the stories are pure historical adventure, no supernatural involved whatsoever, or including false supernatural events („the Evil spirit in the bottle” showing the direction is but a Chinese compass, „the hairy devils of the Jungle” are mere gorillas etc.).
NB The story of the outlaws guarding the Wall against savage attack ...more
There is the basic structure - two collections of about a dozen stories each, in which each story is bookended by two connecting poems. But then there’s a series of layers across the storie ...more
The British have a wonderful tradition of excellent adult authors writing fantasy children’s books that are also fun reads for adults. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter”, C.S. Lewis’ "Alice in Wonderland" and "Chronicles of Narnia", and J. M. Barrie’s "Peter Pan" all spring to mind. Even J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" were YA accessible and appropriate. But who would have thought Rudyard Kipling falls into this category?
The book Puck o ...more
Two Edwardian children, Dan and Una, live out in the country in a place called Pevensey, and receive lessons in the morning from a governess. In the afternoon, they can run loose in the countryside. They accidentally summon up the fairy Puck one midsummer e ...more
The foreword to Hesperus Minor’s beautiful new reprint of Kipling’s classic children’s ...more
This time I have been reading a book about Roman remains in Britain so I wanted to read the chapters about Parnesius, a Roman British centurion in the Thirtieth Legion serving on Hadrian's Wall. Kipling's ...more
Alas for period prejudices. The story starts with the tale of Weland Smith and the sword he made, and then introduces you to charming people from various historical periods, with mostly-lovely poetry between the sections -- and just about the time you're going, "Oh, ooh, all this is going to add up to the Magna Carta," in walk ...more
The first of the ten tales in the book features Puck's account of the advent, worship, and end of pagan Gods in Britain, focusing on one in particular, Weland, Smith of the Nordic Gods. In the second through fourth stories, the ...more
A favor: el oficio de Kipling para contar cuentos, con héroes haciendo lo que corresponde.
En contra: no tendrían tanta gracia para quien ignore plenamente estas historias.
Enchanted by the theatre, Dan and Una decide to recreate their own version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Finding the perfect spot, an old fairy ring, they set about their play, and are so enchanted that they perform it three times in a row. After a final bow, they sit down in the centre of the fairy ring - whereupon, the bushes part and Puck enters, stage left. Using his fairy magic, Puck then conjures up the past to entertain the two amazed children - a Roman centurion, a Renaissance artisan an...more
Puck of Pook's Hill falls is one of those stories. Essentially Puck of myth and legend visits two children, siblings, and gifts them with tales of Britain's history from the days of the Roman Empire to medieval times to the 1400s using the ghosts of individuals who might be historical (I'm not British history ...more
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 a major innovator in ...more