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be the first person reviewing this book The subject after all is fairly esoteric Kipling is the first person reviewing this book The subject after all is fairly esoteric Kipling is near as famous of an author as he should be considering how popular and beloved his stories were and are Just recently there s been another admittedly inferior Jungle Book remake on Netflix If Kipling s famous poem and the title of this book is uite possibly the most widely uoted one at graduations etc At one time and for many years Kipling was the best selling most popular author there was even becoming the youngest man to win Nobel Prize FOR LITERATURE AND THE FIRST IN literature and the first in anguage "And yetsadly the man s politically incorrect views and his outspokenness of them seem to have marred "yetsadly the man s politically incorrect views and his outspokenness of them seem to have marred reputation So that Kipling is often thought of as an unpopular imperialist with a jingoistic streak instead of just someone whose books you might have had the pleasure to be brought up on Sad indeed this sign of timesthe insistence of viewing people through the horridly inflexible self righteous prism of modern age instead of considering them as representatives of their times social status etc At any rate Kipling s Here There Be Witches life isn t very well known and this book aims to change that and triumphantly succeeds The author presents a measured unbiased portrait of a man whoseife was fascinating and at times fraught with tragedy whose views were strong and often unfashionable and whose talent was undeniable and prodigious It has been said that Kipling was a modern Shakespeare of his time in a way he added words and idioms to the English Story of the Liberty Bell language He hung out withuminaries of his day traveled wildly impressively so considering the times and Fake Mustache led a storied and interestingife Certainly one worth reading about Though the author chooses to concentrate on Kipling s American years the book does a pretty good job of covering Kipling s entire Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog life only skimping on theater years His American years really a decade in the ate 1800s very significant because he was so happy and productive here finding a place of his own for his new family and him in Brattleboro Vermont Politics eventually made him eave and personal tragedy saw to it that he never returned but for a while he was very happy there setting out a goal for himself to become a proper American author to write the uintessential great American novel Which of course he did Or maybe even one upping that writing great novels of international resonance Some to delight children of all ages across the globe some oddly enough to be used as spy manuals in military conflicts The entire final chapter is devoted to the Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories latter which is sad in a way because it isn t the association someone who grew up on Jungle Book and Just So Tales might wish to have Nevertheless it s certainly fascinating and definitely sobering to see the far reaching effects ofiterature on the world intended or not But then again it works very well within the context of the book because it doesn t just describe one Drawing Straws literaryife it talks about a variety of personal and professional connections thus giving the readers a terrific view of a Gilded Age of America where things that glittered weren t always gold and times were as challenging and turbulent racism nationalism immigration to mention just a few as they are today in a way speaking to the cyclical nature of the world and people s essential inability to earn from the past So you won t just earn of one man s Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference life youl The scarecrow learn of many youl Elizabeth Cady Stanton learn about theife of a country on a brink of a new era And for such a relatively slender volume this book offers tons of information and does so in a thoroughly engaging edifying entertaining way It s all you can ask for from nonfiction There are even photos This was a fairly random selection for me and somewhat outside of my normal reading fare I normally don t do biographies but now I m very glad to have found and read this book The author did a terrific job of enlightening the world on its subject Kipling s After the End life was just as interesting as his books in a way though nowhere near as exciting and no talking uadrupeds either Iearned a The Doll and Her Friends (1893) lot about Kipling and his times from this book and enjoyed it thoroughly I practically read it on one or two prolonged sittings which is pretty unputdownable for nonfiction I can only hope my glowing review might help this book finds its audience It certainly deserves one Read this book Read Kipling too You ateast in spirit and at Septiņi least in theory can never be too old for an armchair adventure Thanks Netgalley According to the subtitle The untold story of Kipling s American Years one would assume that this is a A uniue exploration of theife and work of Rudyard Kipling in Gilded Age America from a celebrated scholar of American Nightbane World Book One literatureAt the turn of the twentieth century Rudyard Kipling towered over not just Englishiterature but the entire The All New Jonah Twist literary world At the height of his fame in 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature becoming its youngest winner His influence on figures including theikes of Freud and William James was vast and profound But in recent decades Kipling’s reputation has suffered a strange eclipse Though his body of work still ooms arge and his monumental poem “If ” is uoted and referenced by politicians athlet. 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discovered that Benfey uses to paint a complete picture of Kipling than perhaps ever beforeReaders that Benfey uses to paint a complete picture of Kipling than perhaps ever beforeReaders of the friendships Kipling had with some of the political giants in the United States We also get to peek into Kipling s private ife and share some of the intense sorrows he experienced in his own childhood and with his childrenThere s an examination of how opium use affected Kipling s writings We travel with Kipling to Japan on his honeymoon And we PMS learn about the great writer s obsession with of all things beaversThis most interesting part of all of it is though heived in the Gilded Age how similar Kipling s times were to today It was an era The Two of Swords like our own of vast disparities between rich and poor of corruption on an appalling scale ofarge scale immigration and rampant racism of disruptive new technologies and new media of mushrooming factories and abandoned farms of vanishing wildlife and the depredation of public Sinfully Damaged (Master Mistress, landsSo despite his astonishingiterary genius Kipling was just a man He had his flaws and his dark side And after his death he ABCs of Baseball left behind a treasury of written works that carry hisegacy into the unknowable future A future that if we try perhaps we can make than one man s imited imagination could containRecommended for readers who enjoy forgotten make than one man s imited imagination could containRecommended for readers who enjoy forgotten in all its imperfections and glory Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free digital advance reader s copy of this book The brief uotations I cited in this review may change or even be omitted in the final version A very compelling biography of a great writer and I think a widely misunderstood figure in the current era And a must read for anyone who Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! lives in or near Brattleboro VT Lots of fascinating new insights on both history anditerature Excellent short biography that gives a sense of Kipling s complicated place in Kentucky Grandmothers literature his uncontested talent and story telling ability and how when we think we know him we often imperfectly understand his aims and his meaning Rudyard Kipling was a writer whose star rose suddenly then fell slowly his repute now in such doubt that award winning writer Christopher Benfey was advised against trying to rehabilitate him Fortunately he did not heed that advice and this fascinating biography is the resultLiving in India in what he thought of as rather idyllic circumstances at age five Kipling was sent to England to be raised by a professional foster family The shock cut deep Kiplingater spoke of it as a kind of imprisonment forcing him to reveal nothing of his treatment Štěky Broka Špindíry lest he be punished yet accepting it as children do as what was reuired Later his stories ofost boys The Blackmailed Secretary like Mowgli in THE JUNGLE BOOK who was raised by wolves and the hero of CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS a rich boy forced toive If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, like an ordinary sailor recall this sense of alienation and determination Both books were written while Kiplingived in the US reflecting perhaps his sense of freedom to tell finally the truth about his upbringingKipling came to the US with his wife American Carrie Balestier who he had married days after hearing of the death of her brother Wolcott with whom he had composed THE NAULAHKA a winding novel that melded imagery from India with a very American setting Possibly Kipling had been enad of Wolcott and courting his sister was the best expression of those feelings He and Carrie were in the midst of a storybook honeymoon when they Improve Your Communication Skills learned that his bank had collapsed Financially desperate and with a baby on the way they found a haven in Vermont near Brattleboro eventually building a stately home named for that first novelBenfey the Andrew F Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College with a particular focus on the American Gilded Age has brought toight and deftly connected many Decadent (Wicked Lovers lesser known facts about Kipling his contemporaries including Teddy Roosevelt and his secretonging to become a great American writer Forced to When Digital Becomes Human leave the US after about 10 years Kipling became an esteemed Englishiterary voice but the American Intermix Nation linksingered Interestingly his novel KIM conceived during his American sojourn became reuired reading for CIA agents during the Vietnam WarThough buried beside Tennyson and Chaucer Kipling s De-cluttering Your Closet light dimmed in the new world era with worksike The White Man s Burden making his name anathema Yet Benfey points out his greatest stories are still the basis for popular remakes And there is much to be discerned about the radical upheavals in current American culture from Kipling s complex American engagement which Benfey regards as a uest for a De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, lost paradise Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scot. As his happiest during which he wrote The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous Had a family dispute not forced his departure Kipling almost certainly would have stayed Leaving was the hardest thing he ever had to do Kipling said “There are only two places in the world where I want toive” he Humanizing Big Data lamented “Bombay and Brattleboro And I can’tive in either” In this fresh examination of Kipling Benfey hangs a provocative “what if” over Kipling’s American years and maps the imprint Kipling Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, left on his adopted country as well as the imprint the countryeft on him If proves there is relevance and magnificence to be found in Kipling’s wo.