Traffics and Discoveries

Traffics and DiscoveriesOriginally published on my blog here in December 2000.Most collections of Rudyard s Kipling s short stories today seem rather uneven some of his writing has dated much than the rest Traffics and Discoveries is not so much uneven as poor few of the stories it contains have much to say There are several patriotic stories from the Boer War period as this was hardly marked by British moral superiority being best remembered today for the British invention of the concentration camp its propaganda now gives an uncomfortable feeling to the British reader.Among Kipling s most successful adult stories were those whose central characters were three privates in the Indian Army, and there are three stories in this collection which attempt to repeat this formula with the Navy It doesn t really work, partly because there is virtually no originality in them, and partly because the writing is diffuse and confusing.Most interesting are the stories which look at some of the most significant new technologies of the time the car, the radio, and electric power This includes what it almost certainly the earliest story to feature a traffic policeman The car is also important in They , which begins with a breakdown Probably the best story in the collection, it is a rather Jamesian tale about the ghosts of children.One other tale deserves comment Initially, The Army of the Dream seems to be Kipling the right wing Imperial apologist through and through it is basically a tract in support of the formation of what amounts to the Territorial Army, and apparently views warfare as an extension of team sports This was, of course, a not uncommon metaphor among the British upper classes until it was discredited in the First World War less than a decade after the publication of this collection However, it has a sharp sting in the tail, as the narrator awakens from his dream in his London club to realise that the men he has been talking to are all dead This of course undermines everything he appears to have been trying to say, and leaves the reader with an uneasy feeling exactly as Kipling must have intended. Some of the stories, particularly those about the Royal Navy, are now a bit outdated and difficult to understand The Army of a Dream now sounds like a nightmare Much as we can understand Kipling s willingness to improve the armed forces in Britain, his vision of a highly militarised Britain evokes the Japanese society between the two world wars Fortunately, stories like Wireless , Mrs Bathurst and Below the Mill Dam bring back Kipling s story telling skills at their best, with a touch of the fantastic in the former two, and a strong evocation of Old England in the latter Far above all the others, however, is A Sahib s War , which, although set in South Africa during the second Anglo Boer War reads, at least to me, as one of Kipling s most powerful Indian stories I enjoyed this bit of a curates egg Some of the stories were wonderful, and hit 5 5 for me Especially Wireless , Mrs Bathurst , and Them all oddly ethereal and supernatural and melancholic Worth reading these alone, even if you download them from Gutenberg or wherever Some of the other stories were just a rollicking good yarns, like The Captive and The Bonds of Discipline They all have message in support of the British Empire but they have to be seen in the context of the time 1904 Next, I have an first edition 2nd printing of Kim lined up This Work Has Been Selected By Scholars As Being Culturally Important, And Is Part Of The Knowledge Base Of Civilization As We Know It This Work Was Reproduced From The Original Artifact, And Remains As True To The Original Work As Possible Therefore, You Will See The Original Copyright References, Library Stamps As Most Of These Works Have Been Housed In Our Most Important Libraries Around The World , And Other Notations In The Work This Work Is In The Public Domain In The United States Of America, And Possibly Other Nations Within The United States, You May Freely Copy And Distribute This Work, As No Entity Individual Or Corporate Has A Copyright On The Body Of The WorkAs A Reproduction Of A Historical Artifact, This Work May Contain Missing Or Blurred Pages, Poor Pictures, Errant Marks, Etc Scholars Believe, And We Concur, That This Work Is Important Enough To Be Preserved, Reproduced, And Made Generally Available To The Public We Appreciate Your Support Of The Preservation Process, And Thank You For Being An Important Part Of Keeping This Knowledge Alive And Relevant

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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  • Hardcover
  • 374 pages
  • Traffics and Discoveries
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9781296654597

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