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Puck of Pook's Hill

Rudyard Kipling

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Puck of Pook’s Hill is a children’s book by Rudyard Kipling, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of history. The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey by people magically plucked out of history by Puck.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That may well be true,” said he, and gave me his hand. “Better the devil we know than the devil we know not, till we can pack you Normans home.” And so, too, said his Saxons; and they laughed as we drove the pigs downhill. But I think some of them, even then, began not to hate me.’

‘I like Brother Hugh,’ said Una, softly.

‘Beyond question he was the most perfect, courteous, valiant, tender, and wise knight that ever drew breath,’ said Richard, caressing the sword. ‘He hung up his sword—this sword—on the wall of the Great Hall, because he said it was fairly mine, and never he took it down till De Aquila returned, as I shall presently show. For three months his men and mine guarded the valley, till all robbers and nightwalkers learned there was nothing to get from us save hard tack and a h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

For such a short book, there's an awful lot to say about it and I don't think I can do it justice.

This is the first time I've read Kipling in original. I read the Jungle Books as a child, in Polish translation of course, and I loved them, but childhood reading experience is never enough to really kn

Weland gave the Sword, the Sword gave the Treasure, and the Treasure gave the Law. It's as natural as an oak growing.

I continue reading children's literature that I missed when I was a child. Actually, I read very few fairy tales, so this has a foreign flavor on my tongue. I enjoyed the poetry s

If you like Harry Potter, this book is for you!

The British have a wonderful tradition of excellent adult authors writing fantasy children’s books that are also fun reads for adults. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter”, C.S. Lewis’ "Alice in Wonderland" and "Chronicles of Narnia", and J. M. Barrie’s "Peter

3.5 • Quelle belle écriture ! Quelle exigence dans le style et dans l'intrigue pour un conte destiné aux enfants ! C'est beau, c'est entraînant, on en apprends un peu sur les mœurs de la Vieille Angleterre, ses croyances et ses traditions... J'y ai pris beaucoup de plaisir !

"O Patrie, à toi sans re

‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’ is a hymn to heritage and empire in its exploration of English landscape and history. Kipling’s imaginative and lovingly detailed work is essentially a loosely-connected series of stories which pays tribute to his Sussex home and surrounding countryside, in which two children,

The more familiar I become with Kipling's many short, fantastical works, the clearer it becomes that almost every fantasy author of the past century owes him a great debt. I have pointed out before that he has written works which lay out whole subgenres--blueprints which later authors like C.S. Lewi

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