Something of Myself For my Friends Known and Unknown

Something of Myself For my Friends Known and Unknown

Something of Myself For my Friends Known and Unknown [KINDLE] ❄ Something of Myself For my Friends Known and Unknown By Rudyard Kipling – Offers an insight into the mind of Rudyard Kipling who upheld the Victorian imperialist values of duty patriotism and obedience and yet sympathized with outlaws and children This memoir describes his Offers an insight into Myself For PDF ↠ the mind of Rudyard Kipling who upheld the Victorian imperialist values of duty patriotism and obedience and yet sympathized with outlaws and children This memoir describes his bitter childhood years in the 'House of Desolation' his beloved parents and his pride in his own work.

10 thoughts on “Something of Myself For my Friends Known and Unknown

  1. Smiley Smiley says:

    375 starsI didn't think I'd have any chance to read this memoir by Rudyard Kipling till I came across this one in the DASA BookCafe in Bangkok in early August 2012 I had read some of its few excerpts somewhere and longed to read it years ago When I was young I first read a Thai translated version เมาคลี ลูกหมาป่า and wondered who wrote this wonderful story It's a pity its author was vaguely revealed to me then Till many years later in my early 20s I finally found some of his books especially The Jungle Books in some collegeuniversity libraries and the hero's name Mowgli popped up in my mind Therefore I understood why there are two Thai names that is the one mentioned above and another rarely heard one โมวกลี It's obviously a matter of Thai pronunciation from two translators and I wonder which one has been popular so far For some reason เมาคลี has been popular and seemingly widely used; however Mowgli generally read as two syllables that is mowgli โมวกลี is closer in its pronunciation than เมาคลี maukliThis 8 chapter memoir is not lengthy some 138 pages so we can reasonably finish reading it if we've known and admired him First of all he was the first English writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 Second he wrote the inspiring poem 'If ' and innumerable others Third he was the first who famously stated that East was East and West was West and never the twain shall meet p 163 This has been a bit controversial since then that is some agree while some don'tFrom his autobiography I think we can understand and sympathize with him on his adversity while staying with a foster family in England learning to cope with bullying by a few reckless boys and doing his best as a fledgling writer in the world of fierce cold blooded literary competition Reading him may not interest some readers in the 21st century however we can learn from what he whole heartedly wrote for the world to see read and reflect I read some of his short stories I mean those understandable ones Without fear or guilt I've simply skipped those I don't have free time to tackle At least from his short story In the House of Suddhoo I found this sentence uniuely amazing and brilliant She was also beautiful but that was her own affair Collected Stories Everyman's Library 1994 p 6 since I have never read anyone who wrote like this beforeTherefore this book as the version in his own words should by all means be read by Kipling's newcomers enthusiasts or general readers so that they can see light in terms of his ups and downs in which interestingly they might arguably affect his life and literary motives; one of the reasons is that when we read any of his works we couldn't help wondering what he had in mind while writing that work

  2. Leigh Leigh says:

    I first read this short 122 pages auto biography in an anthology of Kipling's shorter works For years I thought it must have been an excerpt and hoped I would run across the full length work But no I suspect it may have been cut short by his death or perhaps edited by his surviving family who were very protectiveNonetheless it's a fascinating read Among other enjoyable bits I find his advice on editing to be excellent and perfectly relevant to modern writers though as someone else who uoted it notes beware if you write on an electronic device India ink won't help your screen clarity one bitThis leads me to the Higher Editing Take of well ground Indian Ink as much as suffices and a camel hair brush proportionate to the inter spaces of your lines In an auspicious hour read your final draft and consider faithfully every paragraph sentence and word blacking out where reuisite Let it lie by to drain as long as possible At the end of that time re read and you should find that it will bear a second shortening Finally read it aloud alone and at leisure Maybe a shade brushwork will then indicate or impose itself If not praise Allah and let it go and ‘when thou hast done repent not’ The shorter the tale the longer the brushwork and normally the shorter the lie by and vice versa The longer the tale the less brush but the longer lie by I have had tales by me for three or five years which shortened themselves almost yearly The magic lies in the Brush and the Ink For the Pen when it is writing can only scratch; and bottled ink is not to compare with the ground Chinese stick Experto crede —Rudyard Kipling Something of Myself

  3. Peter Dunn Peter Dunn says:

    It’s exactly what it says in the title not uite an autobiography but some slices of Kipling’s life Not always perfectly remembered but always interesting insightful and very Kipling – and a little something of the life of Kipling by Kipling is something to treasure

  4. Deborah Cater Deborah Cater says:

    It's a shame that those who have little of interest to tell us release the third volume of their biographies by the age of 30 whilst others with a fascinating history leave it until the final countdown before starting their first volume Such is the case with Kipling who did not leave enough time to complete his auto biography before being called onto a greater placeWhere that greater place would be is difficult to say From the first paragraph Kipling invokes Allahand later states that as Islam was his first taste of religion he found it the sweeter taste And so begins the slim volume contradicting the racist colonialist impression that many post colonialists force upon him and any of their readersKipling was a product of his time and a staunch colonialist but that does not mean that his works represent any race that is non white European as second class Kipling had a genuine love for India though his views of Hindus were negatively influenced by the Islamic outlook of his early life and this is reflected in his works Kipling lightly touches on each of his works showing how his experiences shaped them leaving some legwork for the reader He met Hardy Theodore Roosevelt Cecil Rhodes and many other lumninaries of the time and the insight into their worlds is enlighteningThis is a witty light touch biography that is tantalising in its incompleteness

  5. Josh Josh says:

    Kipling had a popularity with other writers Joyce put his talent next to Tolstoy's; William and Henry James loved him that seems mysterious until you actually read him His sentences are dense and tactile whole pages drip with details made resonant and powerful through economy architecture and one of the most eclectic vocabularies I've ever read Something of Myself is his very self protective memoir interesting especially for the parts about India and writing The last chapter called Working Tools is fascinating the way it's fascinating to listen to a mason talk about a wall he's making A sort of proto craft confession like the Art of interviews in the Paris Review Ink types hours of work revision favorite paper all this is discussed as pedantically and therefore convincingly as possible But the most compelling part for me at least is when Kipling speaks about his Daemon The idea of writer as vessel for a dictating power is usually a recipe for laziness but Kipling's precise and unromantic tone makes it sound like just another tool if maybe the most important

  6. Liz Wager Liz Wager says:

    Short but of course beautifully written memoir with some brilliant insights on writing

  7. Simon Simon says:

    I really enjoyed this book RK looking back and vaguely remembering bits of his life in little randomly selected coloured cameos The early days in India the vile and hateful boarding house in England where he learned to insulate himself immersing himself in his imaginings whence his writing back to India and OMG just walking into an awesome job as a journalist on a newspaper in Lahore oh and really getting on with his parents whom he hadn’t seen since he was 6 cos they had sent him to board in England Seems amazing but true Then starting to write stories for his newspaper then seamlessly becoming world famous and taking off round the world and living in New England England South Africa Australia marrying having Henry James at his wedding one of only 3 guests Also many of his family sort of automatically became or were at the forefront of either the arts literature or politics uite a charmed life except for the great tragedy he lost his only son John in 15 in the war which does not get a mention Throughout all of this RK remains completely modest and intimate as an author The voice is of one who is telling his story in a slightly uirky manner with occasional unusual sentence and word choices across the table with a smile or chuckle I liked the man and of course you read it wistfully as he is now very long dead and what he is telling you is personal and from the heartSo a sad book but a real insight into this literary figure who at the turn of the last century was a dominant figure in literature poesy and short story writingPs Incidentally I have recently written a critical review on his novel “ Kim “ Interesting to note what his mother said after he had finished its writing “ RK said to his mother as to the plot for Kim “ what was good enough for Cervantes was good enough for him To whom the mother “ don’t you stand in your wool boots hiding behind Cervantes with me You know you couldn’t make a plot to save your soul “

  8. Chrisanne Chrisanne says:

    Kipling meanders a bit here and definitely wasn't going for a tell all sort of autobiography At the same time though I enjoyed his enjoyment of the world around him He really seemed to love India Aukland etc and has an amused yet slightly detached view of his life and times

  9. Jwt Jan50 Jwt Jan50 says:

    Kipling fan Need to create a separate shelf Not sure I would suggest as your first Kipling book Good on 19th century British prep schools day to day life for the aspiring journalist and a bit of life in India

  10. Mhbright Mhbright says:

    Appropriately titled autobiography a sketch rather than a detailed portrait but full of interest

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