Sunday, 11 August 2019

Indian Tales by Rudyard Kipling

Indian Tales: 36 Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Stories written in the 1880s.

How I got this book:
Downloaded the ebook from ForgottenBooks

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A classic collection of 36 short stories by Rudyard Kipling, including the following:
"The Finest Story in the World", With the Main Guard, Wee Willie Winkie, The Rout of the White Hussars, At Twenty-two, The Courting of Dinah Shadd, The Story of Muhammad Din, In Flood Time, My Own True Ghost Story, The Big Drunk Draf', By Word of Mouth, The Drums of the Fore and Aft, The Sending of Dana Da, On the City Wall, The Broken-link Handicap, On Greenhow Hill, To Be Filed for Reference, The Man Who Would Be King, The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows, The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney, His Majesty the King, The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes, In the House of Suddhoo, Black Jack, The Taking of Lungtungpen, The Phantom Rickshaw, On the Strength of a Likeness, Private Learoyd's Story, Wressley of the Foreign Office, The Solid Muldoon, The Three Musketeers, Beyond the Pale, The God from the Machine, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Madness of Private Ortheris, L'Envoi.

This is one of my 'vintage' reviews, transferred over from Stephanie Jane:
I've given up! After repeatedly returning to this ForgottenBooks short story collection for over a month, I just don't want to try any more. I know that Indian Tales is probably very much 'of its time' but the attitudes then are so different to today and I don't even think that the writing is up to Kipling's standard elsewhere. Too much gung ho militarism, racism and male chauvinism, and very little actually about India which was what I wanted to read in the first place.

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  1. Sometimes the book jut isn't something we're going to like.

  2. Rudyard Kipling was also very racist so I don't know if I would want to read something called 'Indian Tales' by him at all. I think I can understand why you hated it so much...

    1. I hadn't read anything of his since The Jungle Book as a child so I really wasn't prepared for just how ghastly his characters' attitudes would be! Even by the standards of the time I thought much of it was extreme