• Anglický jazyk

War Stories and Poems

Autor: Rudyard Kipling

`They fought to kill, and, by what I could make out, the British fought to be killed. So both parties were accommodated.`
This sardonic American comment on British ineptitude in the Boer War comes from `The Captive`, one of Kipling`s many stories about... Viac o knihe

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`They fought to kill, and, by what I could make out, the British fought to be killed. So both parties were accommodated.`
This sardonic American comment on British ineptitude in the Boer War comes from `The Captive`, one of Kipling`s many stories about war. He wrote confident tales of adventure on the imperial frontiers, in Afghanistan, Burma, and the Sudan. But he also, in Barrack-Room Ballads, provided wry perspectives from men in the ranks; and he did not flinch from recording shameful episodes such as the panic-stricken flight of an English regiment in `The Drums of the Fore and Aft`. Kipling was dismayed by the inefficiency permeating the Army, and his satirical exposures of incompetence foreshadow some of the protest literature of the First World War. That war, in which his only son was killed on his first day in action, dominates his later fiction, which is permeated by a sense of loss, bereavement, and angry pride.

  • Vydavateľstvo: Oxford University Press
  • Rok vydania: 2008
  • Jazyk: Anglický jazyk
  • ISBN: 9780199555505

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