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ISBN-13: 978-1171888871 ISBN-10: 1171888872

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1171888872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1171888871
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,827,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geboren am 30.12.1865 als Sohn einer angloamerikanischen Familie in Bombay, gestorben am 18.01.1936 in London. Im Alter von zwei Jahren wurden er bereits nach England geschickt, dort erhielt er seine Ausbildung. Er kehrte 1882 nach Indien zurück und arbeitete dort als Journalist. Kipling erhielt für sein schriftstellerisches Werk 1907 den Nobelpreis für Literatur. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriett A. Anthony on April 23, 2013
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Readers; If you do not like soapy,hippie falvoured, politically correct writing,Mr.Kipling is your man. This collection, from the time of the English in Afganastan, reads much like a current blog. The style, the pathos, the humour, and the evils of an Army of Conquest & Occupation is well laid out here. The former soldiers(circa 20th21st Century) will enjoy it very much.
A stinging satire of Colonial English Policy, & the English Army, as well.
Read 'Soldier Stories' for a rousing afternoon spent well .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beekah Myce on January 25, 2013
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As an Anglophile, I am interested in British culture and history, especially the British Army's stint in India during Queen Victoria's long reign. Kipling is very gifted in capturing army life during the period. The stories he relates in Soldier Stories are about three or four soldiers whom I am certain he met during his time in India. He writes the men's dialogue in the dialects of the Scottish and Irish strange pronunciation of the English language. If you can get past that, you will love the stories. I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Fromme on August 9, 2012
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Clear tales of what a soldier at war must endure. Written in dialect and hard to understand, but the storyline is not hard to follow.
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Kiplings spelling of the various accents, irish, cokney makes you feel that you are there. The tensiond between the british and the various Indian fractions are felt and also the (antiquated) class tensions. Great time picture of english colonial rule
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By Jack Willis on February 5, 2014
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Kipling's story is not of famous heroes but of old time Tommy Atkins. Same same Ernie Pyle and WWII GI Joe. Just classic.
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"He has received just sufficient education to make him understand half the purport of the orders he receives, and to speculate on the nature of clean, incised, and shattering wounds." ‒ from SOLDIER STORIES, on the first-enlistment Tommy

"So we loosed a bloomin' volley,
An' we made the beggars cut,
An' when our pouch was emptied out,
We used the bloomin' butt,
Ho! My!
Don't yer come anigh,
When Tommy is a playin' with the baynit an' the butt."
‒ from SOLDIER STORIES, a barrack room ballad

Queen Victoria may have ruled the Empire, but it was her soldiers, sailors, and colonial administrators that bore its weight. Here, in SOLDIER STORIES, are seven of Rudyard Kipling's short stories, most of which have three recurring characters: Terence Mulvaney, Stanley Ortheris, and John Learoyd ‒ all rank-and-file Tommies serving (at one point or another) in India and Burma. The short story "The Drums of the Fore and Aft" takes place in Afghanistan and has as its two heroes the drummer boys Jakin and Lew.

The time is the 1880s.

The principle character is Mulvaney, and his "Oirish" dialect is quite often difficult to comprehend and it takes getting used to. I sometimes just resorted to skimming the text for the gist of it. That said, Mulvaney is an enormously appealing fellow. I wonder if his character may have served to some extent as the basis for McAuslan of George MacDonald Fraser's McAuslan series (The Complete McAuslan) although the latter was a Scotsman.
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By alinnc on June 24, 2013
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Kipling captures what it is like to be a soldier in any army, peace or war. Somethings do not change much.
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There is a good reason Kipling is highly regarded! You'd need to have a liking for stories set in exotic places and times, but these stories are some of my favourites and you might just enjoy them too.
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