tales from the far east

Rudyard Kipling (1865 –1936)wrote other novels mostly set in Indiaor in far away countries. The main are:

Plain Tales from the Hills (1886), a series of sketches about many aspects of life in British India. The title is a pun:  ‘Plain’ is the reverse of ‘Hills’ and  ‘plain’ refers both to the simple narrative style and to the fact that many of the stories are set in the Hill Station of Simla, the ‘summer capital of the British Raj’ during the hot weather.

The Man Who Would Be King (1888) is about two British adventurers in British India, who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. The story was inspired by an Englishman who became the “white Raja” in Borneo, and by the travels of an American adventurer who claimed the title Prince of Ghor. It was made into a movie in 1975 by John Huston.

The Light that Failed (1891), his first novel about  the life of Dick Heldar, a painter who goes blind Most of the actions take place  in London, but many important events throughout the story occur in Sudan or India. It was made into a  film both in 1916 and in 1939 directed by William A. Wellman.

Captains Courageous (1897) is a novel that  follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the arrogant son of a railroad magnate.

Kim (1901) is a novel about the adventures of an English orphan boy, living in Indiaamong the natives and becoming the disciple of a Lama then a player in the secret service.