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Author Topic: Need help picking some Kipling,  (Read 528 times)

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« on: February 24, 2007, 10:33:21 pm »
Wanting to read up on some Kipling, I've been reading a bunch of John Ringo's books and he puts quotes from Kipling into most of them. I'm wanting to check them out for myself.  Can anyone recommend me a particular version or edition?
I found this on Amazon, wondering if would be a good choice.  Rudyard Kipling: Complete Verse
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 10:59:24 pm »
There are no particularly good versions of Kipling unless things like print and format influence you. You can probably find many of his books in secondhand shops. Also, a bit of Googling will find you his works online for free (best way to read his poetry).

My favourite is Stalky and Co., but his best-loved works are probably Kim, The Jungle Books and Just So Stories.


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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 11:09:03 pm »
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I'd like hardcopy to be able to read when I'm away from a computer, but yeah I'll be checking with HalfPriceBooks and such.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 11:14:39 pm »
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 01:20:24 am »
Damn you, Lower-Basch!

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 04:11:33 am »
Mr. Kipling does make exceedingly good cakes...


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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 05:25:06 am »
There was a little ditty quoted in the movie "The beast" about a russian tank in afghainistan. It went something like: "When yer fall on afghanistan's plains, and the women come to pick yer remains, just hitch up yer rifle and blow out yer brains, and go to yer god like a soldier ought."

I kinda liked it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 05:50:29 am »
Also, George Orwell's essay on Kipling gives some context, and resonates with the geopolitical situation today.
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2007, 08:06:04 am »
Project Gutenberg has a large portion of Kipling's work readily available.

I know it's the obvious choices, but I always liked the poems "If", "Gunga Din", and "Mandalay".
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2007, 03:29:34 pm »
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I found this on Amazon, wondering if would be a good choice.  Rudyard Kipling: Complete Verse

I've got it.  Good stuff in it; I like some of the lesser known works as well as the better.

I read a lot onscreen, but I usually read poetry before I fall asleep, so it's handy to have a book.

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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2007, 05:45:19 pm »
The Man Who Would Be King is rightly considered a classic, and should be free from Gutenberg.

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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2007, 10:09:00 pm »
Any of it - it's all great. I've never been disappointed by Kipling yet.

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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2007, 08:03:56 am »
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Any of it - it's all great. I've never been disappointed by Kipling yet.
 
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I hear you.  He's most likely my 2nd favorite author, right after Mark Twain.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2007, 02:47:31 pm »
Thanks for all the feedback!!  After reading Ringo's "A Hymn Before Battle" with all of the bits of Kipling's original in the chapter headings I started getting interested, and reading more of Ringo and a few others who like to quote it has me even more interested. (for what it's worth a bunch of Ringo's stuff is in the Baen books Free Library for download, totally recommend it.)
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2007, 04:32:44 pm »
Wait.  We're on page 2, and while we've gotten this...

...no one has made the "you naughty boy" joke?  Slackers.

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