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The Best Short Stories



The Best Short Stories

by  Rudyard Kipling

Year 1980
ISBN No. 9781853261794
No.of pages 224
Reviews 1



This is a fascinating selection of Kipling's most famous short stories, bringing together the very best of his work. "Life's Handicap" reflects his experiences of India, and contains two horror stories which permeate the collection with an air of haunted destinies. Delusions and obsessions, past lives and the slums of London in 1890 are the diverse topics featured in "Many Inventions". While "Traffics and Discoveries" is Kipling's well-loved story about a polo pony.


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Stories worth the while

Posted by Sathya Saran on 16/08/2014

It is well worth struggling a bit with the slightly archaic style, especially in the first two stories which are rich in dialect also.
Each of the stories in this slim volume, take you to another world altogether, quite different from the others. My favourite is Maltese Cat, where horses plan how to win a game of polo against opponents of superior reeding and strength.
Often inanimate objects chatter to tell the take, and there is plenty of spooky stuff. Some of the stories rearrange themselves in the mind like balanced paintings. Some pastoral, others bright with splashes of colour. None are boring. A Winner of a Book!


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