By Henry Miller
Carrying on with the subversive self-revelation began in Tropic of melanoma and Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller takes readers alongside a mad, free-associating trip from the damp filth of his Brooklyn formative years to the sun-splashed cafes and squalid residences of Paris. With incomparable glee, Miller shifts without problems from Virgil to venereal affliction, from Rabelais to Roquefort. during this seductive technicolor swirl of Paris and ny, he captures like nobody else the mixing of individuals and the towns they inhabit.
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Mulvaney's view of war as a salutary, invigorating activity seems to coincide with most of the other soldiers in the regiment; certainly it is a mark of the sort of fighting man that the Irishman (and his creator) approves of. The three protagonists are also united with the rest of the army in their contempt for civilians. The "I" character, Kipling's persona, who relates the stories, The Adolescent Strain 43 informs us that Ortheris was slow to accept him as a friend because "he was naturally suspicious of all civilians".
Neither Dick nor the correspondents are above breaking rules in order to get a story or scoop a rival. They specialize in wheedling information out of officers and telegraph clerks, and violating, in small ways, the regulations of their calling. Authority in Light is embodied not in an institution but in the codes that Dick and his friends subscribe to - the code of selfdiscipline, self-denial, and self-sacrifice; of hard work and frequent exposure to the dangers of military combat; of loyalty and heroism.
And, as with Stalky, Kim's rebelliousness is actually a sign of superior initiative and imagination. The Colonel sums up Kipling's philosophy on the subject: " ... often in the past few months he had caught himself thinking of the queer, silent, self-possessed boy. " CLIQUES, CLUBS, PEER GROUPS, AND PRIVATE LANGUAGES The years of pariah-hood at Southsea evidently left Kipling with a keen taste for reassuringly exclusive affiliations. This appetite, so 42 Rudyard Kipling and the Fiction of Adolescence characteristically adolescent, was fed lavishly at United Services, where the Stalky clique reigned with aristocratic hauteur and where Kipling enjoyed a very personal relationship with the Head.
Black Spring by Henry Miller