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Plain Tales from the Hills

Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling
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Plain Tales from the Hills is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling that provide a fascinating glimpse into life in British India during the late 19th century. Through Kipling's vivid storytelling, readers are transported to a world of colonial officers, soldiers, and ordinary citizens navigating the complexities of a rapidly changing society.

The tales in this collection are rich in detail and offer a compelling mix of humor, drama, and social commentary. Kipling's keen observation of human behavior and his mastery of dialogue bring each character to life, making it easy for readers to become fully immersed in the narratives.

One of the standout features of Plain Tales from the Hills is Kipling's exploration of the intersection of British and Indian cultures. The stories often delve into the tensions and misunderstandings that arise between the two groups, offering a nuanced and thought-provoking look at the dynamics of colonialism.

Overall, Plain Tales from the Hills is a captivating read that showcases Kipling's talent for storytelling and his deep understanding of the human experience. Whether you're interested in historical fiction or simply enjoy well-crafted tales, this collection is sure to delight and entertain.

Book Description:
Named a "prophet of British imperialism" by the young George Orwell, and born in Bombay, India, Rudyard Kipling had perhaps the clearest contemporary eye of any who described the British Raj. According to critic Douglas Kerr: "He is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement and his place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognised as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with." This force shines in THE PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS. (Introduction by Mike Harris)

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