- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199555036
- ISBN-13: 978-0199555031
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Stalky and Co. (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India. He went to school in England and then returned to India to be a writer and a journalist.
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The story is of three young friends at war with their teachers, a conflict which is kept in check only by the wisdom and experience of the headmaster. Although the stories are for the most part humorous, they clearly show Kipling's perspective on the maxim of 'as the twig is bent, so goes the tree, and as the novel is partly autobiographical it is interesting as an insight into Kipling's development as well as a story in its own right.
Although "The Complete Stalky & Co." is considered by many to be a book for children, the plotting, dialect work, and occasional adult references set it apart as a rare story that may be about children but perhaps is not intended for children.
One of the three boys, Beetle, is actually Kipling himself, writing in the same autobiographical manner he adopted for the excellent short story, Baa Baa Black Sheep. He and his cohorts, Stalky and the inscrutable McTurk, wage an ongoing battle against what they perceive to be the hypocrisy and cant of their headmasters. This battle is waged with a fiendish sense of irony and fair play, and great pains are taken that the punishments should be tailor-made to fit the crimes. The language and slang are a delight in themselves, and incorporating the better phrases into your own speech is a nearly irresistable temptation. I don't enjoy everything Kipling wrote, but this sadly forgotten book would be enough to win me over as a fan even if he was the worst writer in history.
The present day young probably won't like the book much for it describes something that is mostly history, but I am old enough to have seen a very authoritarian school system and when I read the book the first time I recognised all the teachers.