The Man Who Would Be King & Other Stories

By Rudyard Kipling

Rating: 3 stars

I enjoyed this collection of short stories by Kipling, although they do have a lot of the chest-puffing Empire stuff that people often think about when they think of Kipling, which has mostly been missing from other works of his that I’ve read. These stories are all set in or around India and the first half all seem to revolve around love, infidelity and boredom in Simla, the summer capital of the Raj. That said, there are some crackers in the collection, from the title story of two men who try to set themselves up as gods to a remote tribe, to the heartwrenching story Baa Baa, Black Sheep about two children who are taken from their parents in India to live with a cold-hearted aunt in England.

A fascinating insight into the British Raj in India through the eyes of a great writer of the day. But as well as this, the stories also still stand up, as stories although you do have to filter them through a lens of what was appropriate for the time.

Book details

ISBN: 9781853262098
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

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