Plain Tales from the Hills

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 30, 1990 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

About the author (1990)

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. During his time at the United Services College, he began to write poetry, privately publishing Schoolboy Lyrics in 1881. The following year he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches, and poems —including "Mandalay," "Gunga Din," and "Danny Deever"—which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. While living in Vermont with his wife, an American, Kipling wrote The Jungle Books, Just So Stories, and Kim—which became widely regarded as his greatest long work, putting him high among the chronicles of British expansion. Kipling returned to England in 1902, but he continued to travel widely and write, though he never enjoyed the literary esteem of his early years. In 1907, he became the first British writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. He died in 1936

David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language at the University College London.


David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language at the University College London.

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