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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1178396207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1178396201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,808,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the story depressing and sad.
Apple
Typos are frequent and there's no table of contents, also, there was absolutely no editing of the book.
Kiwi
Rudyard Kipling is the youngest writer to ever receive the Nobel prize for literature.
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165 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on July 15, 2010
There's a reason for many of the negative reviews of the quality of this book. This is because the version of "The Works of Rudyard Kipling" published by General Books LLC is an el cheapo version, created using OCR scanning and an automated scanning device which can miss complete pages. Typos are frequent and there's no table of contents, also, there was absolutely no editing of the book. This is all stated on the publishers web site (google them and read - you'll be as interested as I was when you see all the disclaimers).

The owner of General Books LLC (a company called VDM Publishing), is getting more and more notorious for these ripoffs - almost every review of their books (500,000 or so now listed on Amazon) by an actual buyer is negative, many are extremely so. Also watch out for any books published by Alphascript, Betascript, Fastbooks, Books LLC and LLC Books - all imprints of VDM Publishing. Unfortunately, Amazon is currently doing nothing to protect their customers from this Publishers misleading product descriptions.

If you have bought a paper version from General Books LLC by mistake, you can return to Amazon within 30 days(but make sure you check Amazon's Return Policy for the details)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2010
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Okay, maybe I shouldn't complain for a dollar, but the table of contents don't work! On the first page is a table of contents that divides the work into non-fiction, novels, short stories. That one works and takes you to the table of contents for those genres. But those sub-ToCs don't work, nor do any of the others (for example, when you get to the Jungle Book, it has a ToC, but it doesn't work)

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.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Anony Bob on September 21, 2007
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The cover reads "The Works of Rudyard Kipling, Volume II, Rudyard Kipling. The table of contents lists these five sections:

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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NickG on July 6, 2010
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This is just an unformatted text file. Save the money and go to Project Gutenberg
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anne Wingate on October 28, 2010
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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This is one of my personal favorites. I read it in high school just for personal pleasure. Kipling's knowledge of art is expressed nicely; he knows his stuff from his father. He expresses his time period honestly and touchingly. As a female of the twentieth century, I cannot understand everything that made Kipling write this novel. It is more than just the simple story of an artist going blind, of wars and art. It is, at heart, the story of two men living in their world of violence and social mores and beliefs, two men brothers in all but blood. I found moments in this novel very touching, all the more so because of the tenderness between Torp and Dickie. This is a novel about friendship mostly, and a very beautiful one at that.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AugustFalcon on December 21, 2010
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Too bad that I have to write a negative review but this edition is NOT SUITABLE for the Kindle. The TOC is NOT ACTIVE! When I try to search to get to The Jungle Book it tells me it is NOT INDEXED!

I bought this because it was inexpensive, had an active TOC and was fairly complete. I have fond memories of reading the Jungle Book when young and I wanted to see how my nieces, nephews and grandchildren would react to the stories on the Kindle. Alas, the only way to get there in this edition seems to be by just paging all the way through --- totally impractical.

It will be a long time before I ever buy another item from this publisher.
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