Life's Handicap

Life's Handicap

by Rudyard Kipling


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Short folk tales from Northern India as only Kipling can tell them -- these tales have been collected from priests in the Chubara, from Ala Yar the carver, Jiwun Singh the carpenter, nameless men on steamers and trains round the world and a few from his father. This classic work of Rudyard Kipling includes mutiny, a wandering Jew and Georgie Porgy.

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ISBN-13: 9781414265476
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) was an English 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 the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift". Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known." In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.

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THE MAN WHO WAS The Earth gave up her dead that tide, Into our camp he came, And said his say, and went his way, And left our hearts aflame. Keep tally on the gun-butt score The vengeance we must take, When God shall bring lull reckoning, For our dead comrade's sake. Ballad. Let it be clearly understood that the Russian is a delightful person till he tucks in his shirt. As an Oriental he is charming. It is only when he insists upon being treated as the most easterly of western peoples instead of the most westerly of easterns that he becomes a racial anomaly extremely difficult to handle. The host never knows which side of his nature is going to turn up next. Dirkovitch was a Russian a Russian of the Russians who appeared to get/ his bread by serving the Czar as an officer in a Cossack regiment, and corresponding for a Russian newspaper with a name that was never twice alike. He was a handsome young Oriental, fond of wandering through unexplored portions of the earth, and he arrived in India from nowhere in particular. At least no living man could ascertain whether it was by way of Balkh, Badakshan, Chitral, Baluchistan, or Nepaul, oranywhere else. The Indian Government, being in an unusually affable mood, gave orders that he was to be civilly treated and shown everything that was to be seen. So he drifted, talking bad English and worse French, from one city to another, till he foregathered with Her Majesty's White Hussars in the city of Peshawur, which stands at the mouth of that narrow swordcut in the hills that men call the Khyber Pass. He was undoubtedly an officer, and he was decorated after the manner of the Kussians with little enamelled crosses, and he could talk, and(though this has nothing to do with his merits) he had been given up as a hopel...

Table of Contents

The Lang Men o' Larut1
Reingelder and the German Flag6
The Wandering Jew10
Through the Fire15
The Finances of the Gods21
The Amir's Homily27
Jews in Shushan32
The Limitations of Pambe Serang37
Little Tobrah43
Bubbling Well Road47
The City of Dreadful Night52
Georgie Porgie60
The Dream of Duncan Parrenness76
The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney83
The Courting of Dinah Shadd115
On Greenhow Hill144
The Man Who Was166
The Head of the District184
Without Benefit of Clergy212
At the End of the Passage241
The Mutiny of the Mavericks267
The Mark of the Beast290
The Return of Imray307
Namgay Doola322
Bertran and Bimi336
Moti Guj--Mutineer343

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