First published in 1921, this volume collects some of the most comical stories Kipling published throughout his writing career. These tales derive their humour from absurd situations - a drunken Irish soldier waking up to find himself worshipped as a god in the Indian holy city of Benares, a monkey let loose in an English village - and from lampooning the attitudes and discourses of the time.
These Humorous Tales explore the more light-hearted and amusing side to the great master's work.
[Kipling] is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement ... as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognised as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with. -- Douglas Kerr
Famous for his tales of adventure in British India, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is one of the most popular writers of all time and the first English-speaking recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.