The Man Who Would Be King

  • Title: The Man Who Would Be King
  • Author: Rudyard Kipling George R. Taylor
  • ISBN: 9781402570926
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Man Who Would Be King My gord Carnehan says Daniel This is a tremenjus business and we ve got the whole country as far as it s worth having Literature s most famous adventure story this stirring tale of two happy go l
    My gord, Carnehan, says Daniel, This is a tremenjus business, and we ve got the whole country as far as it s worth having Literature s most famous adventure story, this stirring tale of two happy go lucky British ne re do wells trying to carve out their own kingdom in the remote mountains of Afghanistan has also proved over time to be a work of penetrating and lasting My gord, Carnehan, says Daniel, This is a tremenjus business, and we ve got the whole country as far as it s worth having Literature s most famous adventure story, this stirring tale of two happy go lucky British ne re do wells trying to carve out their own kingdom in the remote mountains of Afghanistan has also proved over time to be a work of penetrating and lasting political insight amidst its raucous humor and swashbuckling bravado is a devastatingly astute dissection of imperialism and its heroic pretensions Written when he was only 22 years old, the tale also features some of Rudyard Kipling s most crystalline prose, and one of the most beautifully rendered, spectacularly exotic settings he ever used Best of all, it features two of his most unforgettable characters, the ultra vivid Cockneys Peachy Carnahan and Daniel Dravot, who impart to the story its ultimate, astonishing twist it is both a tragedy and a triumph.The Art of The Novella SeriesToo short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

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    About Rudyard Kipling George R. Taylor


    1. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short story writer, poet, and novelist.Kipling s works of fiction include The Jungle Book 1894 , Kim 1901 , and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King 1888 His poems include Mandalay 1890 , Gunga Din 1890 , The Gods of the Copybook Headings 1919 , The White Man s Burden 1899 , and If 1910 He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story his children s books are classics of children s literature and one critic described his work as exhibiting a versatile and luminous narrative gift.Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Henry James said Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius as distinct from fine intelligence that I have ever known In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world famous author Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before On the night of 12 January 1936, Kipling suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine He underwent surgery, but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer Kipling s death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, I ve just read that I am dead Don t forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.


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    1. I must admit I find the modern backlash against colonialism to be somewhat ridiculous; as if colonialism were something new, something purely European, something malicious and unnatural. What else has mankind done since it rose in Africa but displace its neighbors? What else does any animal do but seek to thrive where it can?Any successful group soon becomes cramped as their population rises, and hence spreads out to new areas. In this way, each species has developed and then expanded to its lim [...]

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    2. I found this book quite boring and feel guilty for the feeling. I have loved most everything else I have read by this author. The charictors hold no appeal for me and the plot just kind of trugged a long.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

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    3. Oh my fickle heart. Oh my shifting allegiances.I find a curious principle at work in my reading. And that priciple is that I will often change my mind with a fervor. To wit: I will love love love an author and then years later I will find myself passionately renouncing their writing for absolutely no good reason. I used to love C.S. Lewis and Jack Kerouac. But now Lewis' charming Britishness grates on my reading ear and Kerouac's free-spirited writing just sounds like what it is: the work of a c [...]

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    4. the first book of Kipling I got to read after Mowgli (The jungle book). very interesting and breathtaking story. always loved Kipling, he basically made me dream of India, hope one day I will get to visit it. Just as usual the atmosphere is very realistic, the story is simply crazy, but good crazy, if you know what I mean. I think it is a must read.

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    5. Perhaps this was shocking or surprising to empire builders in Kipling's era, but to this modern reader, the troubles of two idiot chancers/minor empire builders in Afghanistan seem slightly obvious. I remember it worked exceptionally well, visually, as a movie with Michael Caine.Nor do I see much transparent chauvinism. On the contrary, it appears to be a warning to self-centred empire builders. Also, the tribe who caused them the most trouble were "British" and already knew the ridiculous symbo [...]

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    6. Kipling's poetry was extravagantly admired during his life time and even for a while after his death. This was certainly because he wrote quite vigorously and was regarded as a great advocate of the great British Empire upon whom the sun never set. While some of his poetry is still appreciated, it hasn't aged well and one can only read about "The White man's burden" with embarrassment and give him a pardon for being a child of his times.But the same cannot be said about his prose--the short stor [...]

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    7. Brilliantly told. The ending gives me shivers. Wild and unsettling.

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    8. Kipling has become problematic due to his retrograde ideas about race, and his depiction of societies other than English. Both of those issues are present here as well, but more prominent, at least for me, was the fairly explicit critique of the colonialism that created the British Empire. Here two rascals set out for a distant land with the explicit aim of becoming kings thanks to their advanced weaponry and innate "superiority." At first they succeed, but eventually their reach exceeds their g [...]

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    9. Este libro contiene dos relatos de Rudyard Kipling, uno de los reyes de la novela de aventuras.El primero es el afamadísimo "El hombre que quiso ser rey" que fue adaptado por la igualmente afamada "El hombre que pudo reinar" de John Huston. Nos cuenta la arriesgada (y loca) aventura de dos buscavidas ingleses que pretenden ser coronados reyes en un lugar llamado Kafiristán, que al parecer se halla al norte de Afganistán. Combina muy bien aventuras y cierto suspense, porque el desarrollo de la [...]

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    10. ErrrrAn imperialistic view on an insanely unconvincing event. The writer, Rudyard Kipling, employs heavy usage of 19th Century jargons and idioms unique to England and India which makes the reading a bit challenging and difficult for 20th Century Americans. I am fan of history however, fictionalized history about a soldiering society is foreign to me which I was not prepared to invest in. I noticed there were few typos and misspellings. Not too bad for free book. There is a movie named, "The Man [...]

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    11. $0.0The reviews on this book very greatly although seemingly more people got something out of it than I did. It is antiquated and without reading other things, I don't know where it is, and it takes a while to figure out the narrator and just what is going on. You don't have that long to set the stage in such a short book.Peachy Carnehan and Dan Dravot, con artists, decide they want to be king and take off from India for some remote place in what is now North West Afghanistan. Two years later we [...]

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    12. I have been getting into audiobooks a lot recently, and I tend to enjoy them a lot, but somehow, I got a bit lost with this one. It didn't grasp my attention enough. I struggle when reading classics, because I cannot get into some of them the way I should, I lose focus quickly, which is what happened with this book. Maybe I listened to it at the wrong time. Maybe I'll try again someday, when I've had more than four hours of sleep. Until then, I'm leaving this here as it is.

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    13. In the 1880s in British India, former British army sergeants Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan are convinced that the Empire does not properly appreciate their talents, which range from soldiering to smuggling to blackmailing. The two embark on a journey to remote, unexplored Kafiristan, in modern-day Afghanistan/Pakistan. Their retirement plan? Use their skills to convince the locals to hire them as mercenaries, then stage a coup to install themselves as kings so that they can rob the countrysi [...]

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    14. Such a weird, whimsical tale. I can't even claim to have understood half of it.

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    15. The Man Who Would Be King is nowadays a term signifying grandiose ambition, but it comes from this short story of an ordinary man over-reaching himself. Daniel Dravot is an opportunistic rogue who slips away from the British Raj into the wilds of Afghanistan with his mate Peachey Carnehan. There they set in place their absurd ambition to be kings and with guile and cunning convince the tribesmen of Kafiristan that they are gods. The ruse succeeds until Dravot goes too far, and the girl he demand [...]

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    16. Two Englishmen in India, charlatans, fraudsters, impersonators, swindlers, cheats, who wander about the length of breadth of the country tricking and deceiving people to earn their dough, decide one day that they will journey up the northern mountains to become joint kings of Kafiristan, a mountainous region then outside the borders of British India but which now falls in present-day Pakistan and where old pagan tribes still exist.Once in Kafiristan they make a show of force with their guns whic [...]

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    17. '"Don't let's quarrel, Peachey," says Daniel without cursing. "You're a King too, and the half of this Kingdom is yours; but can't you see, Peachy, we want cleverer men than us now--three or four of 'em, that we can scatter about for our Deputies. It's a hugeous great State, and I can't always tell the right thing to do, and I haven't time for all I want to do, and here's the winter coming on and all." He put half his beard into his mouth, all red like the gold of his crown.'"I'm sorry, Daniel, [...]

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    18. I found the imperialist and womanizing tone to be off-putting but I overcame that to appreciate this compilation of short stories for what it is: An insight into the mind of a Victorian writer. I found it fascinating that a person can be both derogatory and yet respectful of the people he is writing about. For example, my favorite story wasIn Flood Time because of the tone the author used and how convincing the narrator, a native Indian, was. On the other hand, I thought A Way Side Comedy and At [...]

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    19. I want to tell you why I was so underwhelmed by this book, but I don't think I know. Maybe it was just too short, it could have done with a bit more fleshing out, but then I usually say that of shortish things. Maybe I was kind of uncomfortable with the suffocating waves of colonialism that permeated the whole story - they did, and I was uncomfortable, but I think that's only right these days and that's not what I disliked per se. Maybe it was the hopeless;ly grim atmosphere to the whole thing t [...]

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    20. Wow, this was a rollicking tale - I had zero idea what I was getting into, and to my surprise it kept getting stronger and stranger. A great glimpse into how Afghanistan (specifically the Kafiristan region and its Kalash people) must have appeared to British eyes in the late 19th century. Immediately after I finished reading I was dragged into the rabbit hole with tabs open for everything mentioned in the story, from the Martini rifle to the Nuristan region. Fascinating stuff.

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    21. It is sad that I could not make myself love this. I know it is a classic and really who am I to judge a classic. I just did not enjoy it. I found Peachy Carnehan humorous in starts and stops. But I had no love for his companion Daniel Dravo. I did feel compassion towards the end though.

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    22. Though interesting, it didn't engage me as much because a lot of references were obscure and went right past me. A good, short read though.

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    23. I found The movie better than novella because it is quite boring.

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    24. This story was interesting, it details the adventure of two men who want to be king in a little province of Afghanistan. But since it is so old the men think the native people are savages, and because of the time period, the author makes the story play out that the men are revered as gods. It was interning, nonetheless, and it had many interesting points to take from it. P.S. I still am not liking all the literature I am reading

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    25. Better fleshed out in the movie

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    26. *$&@- x: this means I'm really pissed that I took notes throughout the reading of this book and then, with the push of a wrong button, lost them.

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    27. Pequeno livro mas que rapidamente se torna longo pela sua falta de apelo para o leitor. Talvez o filme seja mais interessante ou pelo menos menos penoso.

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    28. Enjoyable, if somewhat problematic, adventure yarn that raises interesting questions about Imperialism.

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    29. Short adventure story of a pair of British rouges trying to set themselves up as kings.

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    30. A story about two drifters in the British Empire of India, living at a time when the empire was becoming more settled, but longing for the days of Sir Stamford Raffles and the Raja John Brook, and therefore setting out towards Kaffiristan, a more or less white spot on the map, north of India. There, the two men discover that the local leaders know some of the secrets of free masonry, and use their own superior knowledge to convince the locals of their own godhood. Later on, the locals realize th [...]

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