Offers An Insight Into The Mind Of Rudyard Kipling, Who Upheld The Victorian Imperialist Values Of Duty, Patriotism And Obedience, And Yet Sympathized With Outlaws And Children This Memoir Describes His Bitter Childhood Years In The House Of Desolation , His Beloved Parents And His Pride In His Own Work Had to read the autobiography after reading the Jungle Books. 3.75 starsI didn t think I d have any chance to read this memoir by Rudyard Kipling till I came across this one in the DASA BookCafe in Bangkok in early August 2012 I had read some of its few excerpts somewhere and longed to read it years ago When I was young, I first read a Thai translated version and wondered who wrote this wonderful story It s a pity its author was vaguely revealed to me then Till many years later, in my early 20s I finally found some of his books, especially The Jungle Books in some college university libraries and the hero s name Mowgli popped up in my mind Therefore, I understood why there are two Thai names, that is, the one mentioned above and another rarely heard oneIt s obviously a matter of Thai pronunciation from two translators, and I wonder which one has beenpopular so far For some reason, has beenpopular and seemingly widely used however, Mowgli generally read as two syllables, that is, mow.gliis closer in its pronunciation than mau.kli.This 8 chapter memoir is not lengthy some 138 pages so we can reasonably finish reading it if we ve known and admired him First of all, he was the first English writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 Second, he wrote the inspiring poem If and innumerable others Third, he was the first who famously stated that East was East and West was West and never the twain shall meet p 163 This has been a bit controversial since then, that is, some agree while some don t.From his autobiography, I think, we can understandand sympathize with him on his adversity while staying with a foster family in England, learning to cope with bullying by a few reckless boys and doing his best as a fledgling writer in the world of fierce, cold blooded literary competition Reading him may not interest some readers in the 21st century, however, we can learn from what he whole heartedly wrote for the world to see, read and reflect I read some of his short stories, I mean those understandable ones Without fear or guilt, I ve simply skipped those I don t have free time to tackle At least, from his short story In the House of Suddhoo I found this sentence uniquely amazing and brilliant, She was also beautiful, but that was her own affair Collected Stories, Everyman s Library, 1994 p 6 since I have never read anyone who wrote like this before.Therefore, this book as the version in his own words should by all means be read by Kipling s newcomers, enthusiasts or general readers so that they can seelight in terms of his ups and downs in which, interestingly, they might arguably affect his life and literary motives one of the reasons is that when we read any of his works, we couldn t help wondering what he had in mind while writing that work. I first read this short 122 pages auto biography in an anthology of Kipling s shorter works For years I thought it must have been an excerpt, and hoped I would run across the full length work But no I suspect it may have been cut short by his death, or perhaps edited by his surviving family, who were very protective.Nonetheless, it s a fascinating read Among other enjoyable bits, I find his advice on editing to be excellent, and perfectly relevant to modern writers though as someone else who quoted it notes, beware if you write on an electronic device India ink won t help your screen clarity one bit This leads me to the Higher Editing Take of well ground Indian Ink as much as suffices and a camel hair brush proportionate to the inter spaces of your lines In an auspicious hour, read your final draft and consider faithfully every paragraph, sentence and word, blacking out where requisite Let it lie by to drain as long as possible At the end of that time, re read and you should find that it will bear a second shortening Finally, read it aloud alone and at leisure Maybe a shadebrushwork will then indicate or impose itself If not, praise Allah and let it go, and when thou hast done, repent not The shorter the tale, the longer the brushwork and, normally, the shorter the lie by, and vice versa The longer the tale, the less brush but the longer lie by I have had tales by me for three or five years which shortened themselves almost yearly The magic lies in the Brush and the Ink For the Pen, when it is writing, can only scratch and bottled ink is not to compare with the ground Chinese stick Experto crede Rudyard Kipling, Something of Myself It s exactly what it says in the title, not quite an autobiography but some slices of Kipling s life Not always perfectly remembered but always interesting, insightful and very Kipling and a little something of the life of Kipling by Kipling is something to treasure.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short story writer, poet, and novelist.Kipling s works of fiction include The Jungle Book 1894 , Kim 1901 , and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King 1888 His poems include Mandalay 1890 , Gunga Din 1890 , The Gods of the Copybook Headings 1919 , The White Man s Burden 1899 , and If 1910 He is regarded as a major innovator in
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- Something of Myself: For my Friends Known and Unknown
- Rudyard Kipling
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