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Short Stories 2: The Friendly Brook and Other Stories

By Rudyard Kipling

Rating: 2 stars

This was an odd collection of Kipling’s stories. There wasn’t much of the Empire-drum-banging that is so often associated with Kipling; most of these stories were written after his return to England and disillusionment with the country, particularly after the Great War. The War runs through a lot of these stories, a vein of terrible sadness, Kipling’s son having died in it.

With a lot of the stories I felt that I didn’t get some of the context that surrounded them. They were written about a hundred years ago and a lot of what Kipling took for granted just isn’t around any more. Also, I don’t think that I got an awful lot out of them, since I was reading them as I would a modern story while I feel that they probably needed to be read more like literature – preferably in a group where it can be discussed and analysed, and I’m not sure I want to put that much effort into them.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140032826
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 1971

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