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Bittersweet tales of life in Victorian India centred on the hill town of Simla. Each story of human frailty, of life under the British Raj, of the machinations of its public official, of the long suffering Indian subjects is crafted with ironic affection and polished till it glows. The attitudes are colonial and imperialist but the characters come alive as if they lived in the 21st century. Martin Jarvis narration is gentle and flawless. I will listen to this again and again
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Plain Tales from the Hills was a sensation when it was published, and it changed the way English-speaking writers would approach the short story forever. Whether or not they are interested in the doings of the British in India more than a century ago, listeners will be delighted by Kipling's insight into the ways of men and women, his wit, and his language.
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Written with a wonderfully wry sense of humour, Plain Tales is insightful and highly amusing.
I could listen to these tales again and again!
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