Rudyard Kipling is best known for The Jungle Book
and his Just So Stories
, which show his prowess as a writer and his mastery over words and their wonders.The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows
just doesn't cut it. It was terribly written and I almost forgot who had written it. His poetry is marvellous, his best and most famous being If
, and his prose is just as good. He was born and grew up in Indian, which these stories concern.
It may be that I am not interested in India; perhaps that may be it. But there was nothing to grip me and, like a lot of short stories, they lacked a depth and roundedness that the longer format, or even poetry, contains.