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Under the Deodars

Rudyard Kipling

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. . .Wife had not. If she looked over the garden wall, for instance, women taxed her with stealing their husbands. She complained pathetically that she was not allowed to choose her own friends. When she put up her big white muff to her lips, and gazed over it and under her eyebrows at you as she said this thing, you felt that she had been infamously misjudged, and that all the other women's instincts were all wrong; which was absurd. She was not allowed to own the Tertium Quid in peace; and was so strangely constructed that she would not have enjoyed peace had she been so permitted. She preferred some semblance of intrigue to cloak even her most commonplace actions.

After two months of riding, first round Jakko, then Elysium, then Summer Hill, then Observatory Hill, then under Jutogh, and lastly up and down the Cart Road as far as the Tara Devi gap in the dusk, she said to the Tertium Quid, 'Frank, people say we are too much together, and people are so horrid.' Read More

Community Reviews

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.

Big Kipling fan here, but I did not much care for this collection of eight stories. The last one, "The Enlightenments of Pagett, M. P." is not much of a story at all, more a series of didactic monologues against the beginnings of home-rule (by Indians) for India. "The Hill of Illusion" is told en...more

When I was a teenager, I idolized Rudyard Kipling. I even wrote my senior English paper on his work. That, I must add, was before I learned that no one, but no one, writes in dialect unless they want to be classified as a mortal ass of the first water. But, sentiment caused me to keep my grandfat...more

A good collection of short stories including a couple of his better known stories, "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Wee Willie Winkie". These are stories about the British in colonial India and illustrated their disturbing treatment of the Indians whom they considered inferior. It's difficult to...more

Personally, reading Kipling has always been an implicit and difficult exercise in reconciliation. An uncomfortable and reluctant compromise between an apologist for the colonial reign and ramifications in India and an enchanting teller of stories that have spontaneity for a spine and subtlety as...more

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.

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...more

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.