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Collected Stories

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As a young writer living in Lahore during the time of the British Raj, Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was possessed by an enormous subject—India—and his genius for rendering its beauty and strangeness was even then so fully formed that we have to look to the likes of Shakespeare and Dickens to find writers equally precocious. What is even more astonishing, and what this selec ...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published October 18th 1994 by Everyman's Library
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Rudyard Kipling, who lived in India during the time of the British Raj (1865-1936), was a master storyteller with an undisputed genius for creating the beauty and lure of his exotic world on paper in such an enchanting and yet believable form that we as readers must refer to Shakespeare and Dickens to find writers as precocious.

As his career developed, Kipling's talent grew, and he refined his style and continued to become a better writer. Reading these forty stories, which span his entire caree
The 40 stories collected here cover a wide range of styles: tragedy, comedy, supernatural, and science-fiction. Some stories were written in late 19th century, others in early 20th century, and they're not necessarily collected in the order in which they were written. Most of the stories I enjoyed, though there were a few that I couldn't get into and couldn't wait to finish (just to get to the next one).

Of course some stories stood out more than others, my favourites being:

A Bank Fraud
The Drum
Alex Milledge
I am a fan of Rudyard Kipling, but there some short stories that are more interesting than others. For instance "the man who would be king" and "the house surgeon".

I like his writing style and the era of his writing fascinates me. I bought his collected works on my book and will be reading his other novels later.

Overall, some stories were good while others failed to fascinate me.
A wonderful collection of stories, this reminds us why Kipling was revered as an author. Certainly his most famous work, The Man Who Would Be King, is a startlingly fantastic story and finds a place in this collection. However my particular fondness comes more from Kipling's muted stories about small people acting in small settings.

Wireless is wonderful little gem that can't help but transport the reader to it's both mystical and completely pedestrian environment. Stories from the point of view
Tejas Janet
Read this so many years ago in childhood. Loved it. Returned to it many times.
I was pretty disappointed with this one.

First off, I have never before seen a book called "Collected" when it wasn't all of that persons work of that type. If it's a selection of stories it should be called "Selected".

Secondly, I have read a number of Kipling stories and I know that there are a lot of them that I like. While there were some that I was happy to see in this collection, I felt like a lot of the stories were sort of mediocre.
"...for when young lips ace drunk deep of the bitter waters of Hat, Suspicion, and Despair, all the Love in the world will not wholly take away that knowledge; though it may turn darkened eyes for a while to the light, and teach Faith where no Faith was."
(concluding note from: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep)
A disturbing anecdote reflecting Kipling's own dark childhood - left me quite perplexed.
Somehow I had never read anything by Kipling before and did so more for academic purposes than for pleasure. Accordingly, I was pleasantly surprised by these stories. I would recommend this collection and look forward to reading Kim and other works.
Joel Chapman
I'm biased due to my being enamoured of anything Indian, but even so, this collection has some really choice pieces, literarily speaking.
Strange tales with weird, wonderful, and engaging characters.
This is only for the story "The Janeites".
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