East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Leave a comment

One hundred and fifty for Kipling

English: Kipling the British writer

English: Kipling the British writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been made aware – thanks to my friend’s Claire blog – of the fact that 2015 will be the Rudyard Kipling anniversary, one hundred and fifty years since his birth1.

Now Kipling is not so hot in Italy right now – I heard him recently labeled “an expression of British colonialism” and apparently the general belief hereabout is that by reading Kipling one will instantly feel the need to hunt for tigers, practice pig-sticking and kill the occasional Zulu warrior or Pathan at large. The lot, while riding on the back of an elephant2.

I’m probably weird myself, but the first stories that come to my mind thinking of Rudyard Kipling are Continue reading