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Since there is a lot of stuff here (which is great, for 0.99) it is very, very hard to navigate. I ended up walking around in the document until I found the stories I wanted and then used the 'Mark' function, which you can jump to from the 'Go to' menu.
But that's a lot of work. Guess you get what you pay for.
Volume V: Plain Tales from the Hills
Volume VI: The Light that Failed
Volume VII: The Story of the Gadsbys
Volume VIII: From Mine Own People
The "Search inside" link appears to show the Volume I book. It is incorrectly listed as a previous version. I haven't been able to find Volume I for sale and I don't know if there is a Volume III.
This is an odd edition. There are no page numbers in the ToC, no preface, no index, no cover art. The plain tome resembles a computer printout that was typeset and well bound. I guess you could say that it was pure Kipling though.
Rudyard Kipling wrote twice of his abandonment, with his sister, at a children's boarding house when they returned to India. Instead of saying goodbye and giving the children at least some sense of closure, they simply vanished, leaving the bewildered children, there for health and education, grieving and lost.
Kipling used what happened there in a long short story, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and as the opener of The Light that Failed. He used his protagonist's painting as a metaphor for his own writing, giving the sensitive reader a good picture of the agony of a writer who can't find a way to say what he means. The use of art was reasonable, in that he had several uncles by marriage who were painters. This brings up the question of why he and his sister were left as they were, when there were family members who would have been glad to take them. This question will be left forever unanswerable.
This novel, which along with Kim is probably the reason he got a Nobel Prize for Literature, is painful to read, but also inspiring in its picture of the young man who just wouldn't give up no matter how difficult things got. There is one change from the truth in Light that is not present in Black Sheep: In Black Sheep the girl is his sister; in The Light that Failed the girl is transformed into a potential sweetheart.
This should be read by everyone who is interested in the creative process as it is seen by the creator of the work.
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I purchased this book from Rhoda's Book Fair. The delivery was prompt and the customer service was extremely responsive. The book content was top quality, as anticipated.Published 6 months ago by HN
One enjoyable poem after another. Nowadays Left-Wing Nuts in the U.S.
and U.K. would denounce a good bit of this work as sexist, racist, jingoist,
and worse. Read more
I thumb through this book nearly everyday. While Kipling is not, in my opinion, a great poet, he has many lines which are eminently quotable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David C. Montgomery
If you know and enjoy Kipling this is a nice addition to your e-books library to pass the time on vacation or during travels. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Charles
I had no idea of the breadth and depth of Kipling's work. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of India, and of the British army in India as well as being expertly conversant with... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Teufel Hund