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December 01 , 2007

Soldiers Three


Classic Kipling short stories and verse, both parts, including "THE GOD FROM THE MACHINE, OF THOSE CALLED, PRIVATE LEAROYD'S STORY, THE BIG DRUNK DRAF', THE WRECK OF THE VISIGOTH, THE SOLID MULDOON, WITH THE MAIN GUARD, IN THE MATTER OF A PRIVATE, BLACK JACK, POOR DEAR MAMMA, THE WORLD WITHOUT, THE TENTS OF KEDAR, WITH ANY AMAZEMENT, THE GARDEN OF EDEN, FATIMA, THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, THE SWELLING OF JORDAN, DRAY WARA YOW DEE, THE JUDGMENT OF DUNGARA, AT HOWLI THANA, GEMINI, AT TWENTY-TWO, IN FLOOD TIME, THE SENDING OF DANA DA, ON THE CITY WALL, THE STORY OF THE GADSBYS, IN BLACK AND WHITE, LOVE-O'-WOMEN" - from "Many Inventions", THE BIG DRUNK DRAF', THE MUTINY OF THE MAVERICKS, THE MAN WHO WAS ONLY A SUBALTERN, IN THE MATTER OF A PRIVATE, THE LOST LEGION - from "Many Inventions", THE DRUMS OF THE FORE AND AFT, JUDSON AND THE EMPIRE - from "Many Inventions",and A CONFERENCE OF THE POWERS - from "Many Inventions".According to Wikipedia: "Soldiers Three is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. The three soldiers of the title are Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris, who had also appeared previously in the collection Plain Tales from the Hills. The current version, dating from 1899 and more fully titled Soldiers Three and other stories, consists of three sections which each had previously received separate publication in 1888; Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris appear only in the first section, which is also titled Soldiers Three. The books reveal a side of the British Tommy in Afghanistan rarely seen in the Twilight of the British Empire. The soldiers comment on their betters, act the fool, but cut straight to the rawness of war in the mid-east as the British began to loosen their Imperial hold."
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