I don't know what infuriates me more: that Kipling was a racist imperialist colonizer who believed firmly in white superiority and conveyed that in every word of these stories; or that Kipling is such a marvelous writer of the English language. Kipling the colonizer, imperialist, racist, supremicist, had no trouble at all mugging the oral traditions of the peoples his people colonized to tell his "Just So Stories" to his Best Beloved. Kipling's Just So Stories are propaganda at its most magical. Many of Kipling's contemporaries saw colonized peoples as victims, human beings deserving of dignity, not "sullen peoples" to be brought "toward the light." So this main excuse really doesn't hold up, though it's easy to voice because Kipling's stuff is so well written and likeable in its nastiness.
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, originally published in 1902, are perennial favourites, and can be read by adults and children alike. A djinn punishes the camel's refusal to work for three days, by saying that he must work longer between times of eating, and must live on his "Humph!" "We call it a hump now, not to hurt his feelings" comments the narrator. This collection assembled in 1987, includes the most popular stories: How the Whale got his Throat How the Rhinoceros got his Skin How the Camel got his Hump How the Leopard got his Spots The Elephants' Child The Beginning of the Armadillos The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo The Cat That Walked by Himself The Butterfly That Stamped It is a large format book, and interspersed in the text are pen and sepia ink drawings. For the original book of 13 stories in 1902, Rudyard Kipling provided his own illustrations from wood-cuts.
This was an adorably sweet collection of stories, aimed at younger readers and all centring around the themes of animals.
I have read several reviews that talk about Kipling being Imperialistic, condescending, and a host of other distasteful names.
My other favorite is from The Elephant's Trunk -- "In the high and far off times, O my best beloved, the elephant had no trunk." These stories are just as delightful for adults as they are for children.
I will be reviewing as long as I go through this book, so here we are: >> How the Camel Got his Hump? A dreadful tale about a camel who is lazy that as a result, a genie makes humps for the camel, end of story. This in not just and idea for a children story telling, in the matter of fact, it is to induce this kind of mindset to make sure that the first sin is of no use to relapse it and to be forgiven, which endorse them into practicing bad deeds and encountering diverse sins and wrong doings. At the end of the story, the wrong doer compromises the Creator/magician, not to mention that the Creator/magician doesn't want the creatures to live and gain full strength, then they might strengthen on him! At the very end, the wrong doer also says that the Creator/magician didn't pay him much attention like that he paid to son of Adam. P.S.: Just found out while reading about WWI through the book World War I, that Rudyard Kipling's son, John Kipling, was a soldier in the British army.
As pleasing as his other works are, none I've read can match the joy, humor, simplicity, and odd truth of these.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888).