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February 22, 2012


Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

Beautiful and prophetic, for sure. Just this past week I pulled an old book we inherited from my husband's parents many years ago off the shelves of our home library - "The Years Between" by Kipling. Quite surprised to find a swastika in his name stamp inside the cover, I was compelled to do a little research. You probably already know this, but Kipling recognized the swastika as a Hindu good luck symbol long before it was associated with Hitler. Sometime after the book we own was published in 1925, Kipling ordered that the swastika be removed after it had been "defiled beyond redemption" by Hitler.

Maureen E. Doallas

I remember reading all the Just So Stories, The Jungle Book, and Gunga Din. They remain classics of their time.

Interesting side note from Patricia.


I remember reading some of his poems, Glynn, and of course The Jungle Book, but not much else. Good to learn more. And, yes, that note from Patricia.

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Fascinating piece, Glynn, and Kipling himself was a fascinating contradiction. He certainly "believed" in the Empire whilst being able to see how often it failed those it claimed to protect.

The refrain "Lest we forget", is used as the theme of Remembrance Day on 11 November in Britain every year.

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