Monday, 9 July 2012

KIPLING SAHIB: INDIA AND THE MAKING OF RUDYARD KIPLING 1865-1900 - Charles Allen, 2008

This fantastic book narrates the history of Kipling in India. It shows how his time there shaped him and his work. India is vividly brought to life but without the glamour of the Raj which you would naturally associate with Kipling. For example, living in a tent in Bombay before the building of the new city, which his father supervised, is not what we would think of as the high life which shaped the Great Master and his work. He knew, for certain, how to treat the two imposters of triumph and disaster. The Jungle Books were forged not out of wealth and privilege, but out of necessity.

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