Under The Deodars

Under The Deodars

Under The Deodars Under the Deodars is a disturbing uncomfortable and unsettling read as Kipling himself said it deals with things that are not pretty and ugliness can hurt For here Kipling takes as his subject matt

  • Title: Under The Deodars
  • Author: Rudyard Kipling
  • ISBN: 9781842329603
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Under the Deodars is a disturbing, uncomfortable and unsettling read as Kipling himself said, it deals with things that are not pretty and ugliness can hurt For here, Kipling takes as his subject matter the life of Englishmen and women in the Indian Subcontinent, and explores the ugly truth of what went on beneath the appealing froth of club life Instantly rejecteUnder the Deodars is a disturbing, uncomfortable and unsettling read as Kipling himself said, it deals with things that are not pretty and ugliness can hurt For here, Kipling takes as his subject matter the life of Englishmen and women in the Indian Subcontinent, and explores the ugly truth of what went on beneath the appealing froth of club life Instantly rejected by many as being too harsh and too critical, Under the Deodars is in fact a brilliant portrait of Anglo Indians, and their unforgiving impact upon the provincial society of Simla.

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    This early collection from Kipling doesn't pull any punches about the behaviour of the British Empire's representatives in India, and has a decidedly unsympathetic, even misanthropic tone to it. In the first story, 'The Education of Otis Yeere' we get a glimpse into how the smart, bored wives of government officials in India dealt with their ennui - by cultivating the fortunes of hapless men from the rank and file.Later on in 'A Second-rate Woman', these two are at it again, this time casting th [...]

    I know he's not PC, and I know he's unfashionable. But I still like Kipling. He was a keen observer of people, and he captures the lives of his subjects and places them on display for the reader. This collection of delightful tales of life in India under the Raj stand the test of time.

    Some interesting stories of Anglo-Indian life under the Raj. Some difficulty with vocabulary - words, customs, and slang phrases that are difficult to find defined. "Enlightenment of Pagett" was rather dull.

    I have never read much of Kipling though I've heard about how he wasn't a typical colonialist. This collection of short stories reflects that idea very well. He offers a glimpse into the life of the English saheb during the heydays of the Raj and helps us understand India so much better.

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