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Traffics and Discoveries

Rudyard Kipling

Book Overview: 

Collection of Rudyard Kipling Short Stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They beat (among all the peoples)
          "Now—now—now!
          God has reserved the Sword for Nimrud!
          God has given Victory to Nimrud!"
          Let us abide under Nimrud!"
      O Well-disposed and Heedful, an hundred thousand thousand!

A SAHIBS' WAR

Pass? Pass? Pass? I have one pass already, allowing me to go by the rêl from Kroonstadt to Eshtellenbosch, where the horses are, where I am to be paid off, and whence I return to India. I am a—trooper of the Gurgaon Rissala (cavalry regiment), the One Hundred and Forty-first Punjab Cavalry, Do not herd me with these black Kaffirs. I am a Sikh—a trooper of the State. The Lieutenant-Sahib does not und. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Some of the stories, particularly those about the Royal Navy, are now a bit outdated and difficult to understand. 'The Army of a Dream' now sounds more like a nightmare. Much as we can understand Kipling's willingness to improve the armed forces in Britain, his vision of a highly militarised Brit...more

Originally published on my blog here in December 2000.

Most collections of Rudyard's Kipling's short stories today seem rather uneven; some of his writing has dated much more than the rest. Traffics and Discoveries is not so much uneven as poor; few of the stories it contains have much to say. The...more

Really enjoyed this collection of short stories.