Stalky and Co.

Stalky and Co Stalky M Turk and the Beetle are the trio who conduct a battle of wits with masters and school fellows alike in these nine tales of school life

  • Title: Stalky and Co.
  • Author: Rudyard Kipling
  • ISBN: 9781853261435
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stalky, M Turk and the Beetle are the trio who conduct a battle of wits with masters and school fellows alike in these nine tales of school life.

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    1. Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.Few of Kipling's fictional stories contain much of an autobiographical element, despite his frequent use of the first person. In this collection of stories, the school and some of the characters are based on his own experiences; Beetle, in particular, is a self portrait.The Devon boarding school portrayed in the book is basically a factory for producing future officers of the British army to serve in the colonies, and is by modern standards a vio [...]

    2. This and P.G. Wodehouse's are among the best of the "school stories" genre--boarding school stories that were enormously popular during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and the first half of the twentieth, with a rapid falling off around WW II.Most school stories, Wodehouse's included, shroud the boys in eternal youth, their bright star shining at games and being prefects, etc. There is scarce a hint at the prospect of being a grownup--except in Kipling's hilarious, brilliantly written [...]

    3. DNF. I tried, believe me, I did it. My friend loves the book and I'm also a fan of boarding-school stories. But I just couldn't get through this one. The students were a**holes, the teachers were abusive and overall it was too "boys will be boys"-ish for my liking. Every chapter I managed to finish left a bad taste in my mouth.

    4. Victorian schoolboys (at least, the ones in Victorian school stories) seem to have been tougher customers that their twentieth-century equivalents.The three heroes of this famous book, aged fifteen or sixteen when we first meet them, all smoke like chimneys, quaff substantial amounts of beer (some of which they brew illicitly on the school premises) and indulge in frequent, salutary violence, though always, of course, from the finest of motives. If they little resemble the clean-cut young exempl [...]

    5. "Unluckily, all Mr. Prout's imagination leaned to the darker side of life, and he looked on those young-eyed cherubim most sourly. Boys that he understood attended house-matches and could be accounted for at any moment. But he had hear M'Turk openly deride cricket--even house-matches; Beetle's views on the honour of the house he knew we incendiary; and he could never tell when the soft and smiling Stalky was laughing at him. Consequently--since human nature is what it is--those boys had been doi [...]

    6. I have read this book so many times that it has become dog eared and stained and creased along all the best pages - the mark of a favourite.Even if the imperialism of the British Empire and the undisguised brutality of the Victorian school boy doesn't appeal, the sheer deliciousness of excerpts from Browning and Ruskin, the snippets of Latin and French and the frabjous forms of expression will be enough.The pleasure of being a clever cheeky school boy looking to practice the art of warfare and s [...]

    7. Reread because YT reminded me it existed. I loved it when I was eight (apparently it did not bother me that entire conversations were incomprehensible on account of French, Latin, 19th century slang or all three) and enjoyed actually understanding the French, Latin and historical references (well, being able to google them, anyway) this time around. Loses a star for colonialism and one bit of astounding narrative sexism, egregious even for the era, that makes me throw the book across the room ev [...]

    8. What a wonderful book. Read initially as part of my quest to discover what got the nineteenth century reading, this will go straight to my must-read-again stack. Kipling writes like an angel and perfectly captures the glee of a clever teenager who outwits those he despises but is capable of recognising heroism in those he admires. It's one of those rare books which can make you cry with laughing then five minutes later cry for the pity of things. It is a series of loosely linked japes but the fi [...]

    9. One of the most influential books of my life, first read at age 14. Some folks might think it a lamentable influence, with the three protagonists creatively breaking every school rule. It´s also about underdogs fighting back - underdogs who read Ruskin and Browing and the English Opium Eater. Every kid who´s ever been considered a nerd can identify with it - and even learn a few positive things.

    10. Still my favourite edition of this book. I've read it countless times, and will again. Dear old Stalky, dear old M'Turk, and "the egregious Beetle." For anyone who dreamed of going to boarding school, or dreamed of going back to the 19th century, or both. For some reason, the last chapter is my favourite. It's something about the wording; I can see it all.

    11. That smart-mouthed bully who used to get away with cheating, lying, and throwing spitballs at your head during Chem. has most likely grown up to be the hero of the frickin' universe. But what are you complaining about, you giddy basket-hanger? Boys will be boys.

    12. La vida y aventuras de tres amigos en un internado inglés del siglo XIX, como paso previo al ingreso en una academia militar. Tres chavales, rebeldes e independientes, cuya principal diversión es cuestionar y transgredir las durísimas normas tradicionales establecidas, lo que les supone frecuentemente el castigo, no menos tradicional, del palmetazo o la vara de fresno.Travesuras (a veces más que gamberradas) con el objetivo de poner en ridículo y cuestionar la autoridad de profesores pedant [...]

    13. I thought Stalky was going to die, but he wandered into Flashman novel instead. This was something of an anti-climax to what was a challenging read; so close to my own experiences in a West Country minor boarding school - especially the language despite a hundred years between Beetle and me - and yet so alien. The cynicism of Stalky & Co was what surprised me most. House spirit was sacred to us: a boy played a house match with a fractured vertebrae that kept him off the pitch for the first f [...]

    14. Having recently read a biography of Winstpn Churchill, I was struck by the similarities in the two men's (WSC & RK) educational experiences. WSC did get to Sandhurst, and maintained an anachronistic belief in the values of Empire most of his life. I think during WW2 it was an important part of his strength. A fascinating window on a lost era, when Empire was "a good thing" and fagging was character-building, toughening one up and engendering respect for hierarchy. Kipling has a contempt for [...]

    15. And some say, that kids today misbehave? These guys were devils in disguise - funny, but devils :-) Apart from that I didn’t like the book much

    16. I buried my head in Rudyard Kipling’s novel Stalky & Co. It took me a long while to finish that thin book. At first I could not get the hang of the dialogues in it but the setting of the story helped me a lot as it is a school. The story revolves around this three…I repeat…three boys who excel in different fields but do not run out of naughtiness. Stalky is the leader who can worm his way out of any trouble because of his expertise in spoken language. He is quite witty. M’Turk is a p [...]

    17. I loved this book as a child. I discovered it at about the age of 11 or so and I read and re-read it till my copy practically fell apart. I was still re-reading it at university. Three boys at a turn of the century boarding school that particularly schools the boys towards Sandhurst and the army. They are a law unto themselves and specialise in righting wrongs, usually in a particularly stylish manner and in such a way that they rarely get caught or wriggle out of it magnificently. The bully tea [...]

    18. Another of my favorite Kipling books, Stalky & Co takes the then-popular "school days" genre and sets it on its sanctimonious head. Stalky, the "ringleader", along with his friends Beetle and M'Turk, have much more in common with modern schoolboy heroes than their contemporary literary counterparts. Their penchant for mischief continually gets them in trouble, but they always manage to wriggle out of it somehow, bringing each of the stories to a satisfying conclusion.My lack of familiarity w [...]

    19. Stalky & co is the ultimate boy's boarding school book for me. If Enid Blyton's numerous school stories reigned my childhood, then Stalky is the story I can continue to enjoy in my adulthood. It's devilishly funny & one of my favourite Kipling's work. My most favourite would have to be Baa Baa Blacksheep (i think that's the title) short story which I somehow mislaid. It's a shame that during this last re-read I became more aware of the imperialistic tone that Kipling's world has. Nothing [...]

    20. A friend asked me if I'd read this and I hadn't so pleased I did. It took a little getting into; the language is, of course, a little dated and some of the attitudes, too, are not what we would expect these days.But that aside, once I adapted, it was a wonderful read, by turns funny and clever and just a little bit sad. The final chapter was delightful.I understand that the version I have - not the one pictured - is not the complete and unabridged - mine does not have the cattle-rustling episode [...]

    21. The casual brutality of the late nineteenth century really comes through in this novel. But since the young people of the school in the book were all being trained up to be cannon-fodder, perhaps that was an appropriate way of rearing boys. Women don't feature in the story at all, except as a means of humiliating one of the characters and to be put in their place by Kipling as only having one role in life.But having said all that the story is entertaining, as Stalky and his friends use their bra [...]

    22. One of my absolute favorite books when I was a child, though I understood perhaps a half of the language and little of the context. Stalky, McTurk, and Beetle conspire against their masters, cheat, bully their superiors, and exact revenge against the sanctimonious with a ferocious joy that makes them eternally appealing. Never mind that Kipling's worldview is irredeemably skewed. As I was rereading it now, decades later, I understand better how my own naive perceptions of the world were formed, [...]

    23. I picked up this book because it was on the reading list for literature class; I was not planning to enjoy it quite so much. Kipling has recreated the antics of three boys (known as Stalky & Company) at a British boarding school in the late 1800's. Unlike other popular "boys at school" books of the time, this book does not offer its readers a neat moralistic tale of how to be a good boy at school. Kipling instead takes us along to enjoy Stalky's shenanigans--and to peek inside the social str [...]

    24. El libro describe las aventuras estudiantiles de unos adolescentes, alumnos de una pequeña escuela privada inglesa donde se preparan para la Academia Militar. Son gamberradas entre alumnos y también contra los profesores. Pone de manifiesto que la vida de un joven en un internado era una existencia dura: violencia en la disciplina de los profesores y violencia, sobre todo, entre los propios alumnos. El último capítulo es un encuentro de antiguos compañeros de colegio que se cuentan batallit [...]

    25. For good or ill, if you want to understand the British Empire at the peak of it's power--and the men who made it work--read Stalky & Co. From the random (and slightly homoerotic) hazing to the rebellious and inventive rebellions to the intelligence and classical education - it's life at a British public school as no one has ever described it before or since.

    26. Difficult read now as life and language are so different,but a glorious romp through a harsh school life that these boys relished! No wonder we ran an Empire. Matter of fact about life and death, a reminder in this therapist addicted age, that life can be viewed very differently.

    27. my notebook informs me that I read this in 1986 - for at least the second time - the BBC TV adaptation may have had something to do with it. I know I thouroughly enjoyed it, and this particular edition is still on my shelf almost 30 years later, along with a copy of the Complete Stalky

    28. Not a native engmish speaker I found it sometimes hard to understand the vocabulary used by these young characters. However I enjoyed this reading a lot, feeling as if I were living the adventures with stalky and his companions.

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