Growing up in both England and India, this descendant of a high-achieving family crossed India's established divide between ruler and subject as he explored the urban underworld and dabbled with opium.
Recently discovered letters shed light on Kipling's most intimate relationships and help explain how India influenced his personal, political, and literary development. Later, suffering from marital stress, the deaths of his son and daughter, and a wavering sanity, only iron self-control and love of the English countryside enable him to transmute his sadness and growing disillusion into his crystalline late short stories, which are gaining new appreciation today.
©1999 Andrew Lycett; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
My enjoyment of this otherwise interesting book was seriously marred by the choppy and inexpert editing of the narration. At times phrases were inserted by another voice (or perhaps the same narrator's voice on a different day with different equipment sounding like another voice) and the insertions were done so sloppily sometimes entire words were missing from phrases making me uncertain whether only a word or a page was missing.
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