Saturday, 5 December 2015

Sofa Spotlight - Plain Tales from the Hills, Rudyard Kipling

Plain Tales from the Hills is a collection of short stories. And they definitely fit the description of being short! All of the stories stand alone and are enjoyable in their own right, but there are a couple where characters reappear. In some ways it feels as though you get to know Rudyard Kipling through these stories and the way that he saw India when he lived there.

In the 336 pages of this book you get a picture of what India would have been like to the British people who lived there. It's not a book that you would go to if you wanted to get a broader idea of life in India at the time of the Raj. There is really only one point of view in this book, and that is the point of view of the white man. 

Even so these stories are worth reading. Behind most of them is a light humour, but some of them are rather poignant. As I like reading just before bed these stories have been a light way to unwind at the end of the day. It's something you could dip in and out of as you please. 

Anyway one I liked.

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