Plain Tales from the Hills
Originally written for the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette, the stories were intended for a provincial readership familiar with the pleasures and miseries of colonial life. For the subsequent English edition, Kipling revised the tales so as to recreate as vividly as possible the sights and smells of India for those at home. Yet far from being a celebration of Empire, Kipling's stories tell of 'heat and bewilderment and wasted effort and broken faith'. He writes brilliantly and hauntingly about the barriers between the races, the classes and the sexes; and about innocence, not transformed into experience but implacably crushed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ben_a - LibraryThing
I cede ground to no man in admiration of Rudyard Kipling. These stories, however, lack the crackle I associate with Kipling at his best. They are all perfectly serviceable, but none so far has caught hold of my heart. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hrissliss - LibraryThing
Definitely interesting. I've never read much about the English colonization of India (any recommended reads? Factual or fictional?) so this offered some interesting tidbits. Racism was subtle but ... Read full review