Rudyard Kipling - Rewards & Fairies (Stories & Poems) (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Short Stories & Anthologies
- Published : This Ed. 2001
- ISBN : 9781842329542
- SKU : B001263
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £6.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Rewards and Fairies is a historical fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling published in 1910. The title comes from the poem "Farewell, Rewards and Fairies" by Richard Corbet. The poem is referred to by the children in the first story of the preceding book Puck of Pook's Hill. Rewards and Fairies is set one year later chronologically although published four years afterwards.
The book consists of a series of short stories set in historical times with a linking contemporary narrative.
Dan and Una are two children, living in the Weald of Sussex in the area of Kipling's own home Bateman's. They have encountered Puck and he magically conjures up real and fictional individuals from Sussex's past to tell the children some aspect of its history and prehistory, though the episodes are not always historically accurate. Another recurring character is Old Hobden who represents the continuity of the inhabitants of the land. His ancestors sometimes appear in the stories and seem very much like him.
Some stories contain elements of the supernatural as well as history. Each story is preceded and followed by a poem, including "If", often described as Britain's favourite poem. Other well known poems included in the book are Cold Iron and The Way through the Woods.
"I was very much surprised, however, to find so mature and deep a book, making such efforts in subtly exposing the darkness of human nature. King turned beggar and god turned slave, men sent to death and innocent hanged out of revenge. The burden of being a living god or a woman ruler, and all its implications. All these tales are lightly told, but some of its meaning likely goes beyond the understanding of most children, making this book a gem for re-reading in mature years." - Goodreads Review.