The Light That Failed

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Dick Heldar is a war correspondent and an artist, well known for the drawings he sends home to the London papers from wars in exotic places like Sudan. When he returns to London, he attempts to make a career for himself as a serious artist and re-encounters his childhood sweetheart, Maisie. Then he learns that a minor problem with his eyes is actually the onset of an incurable blindness, the result of a head injury during the war. As his vision fails, the light of everything around him—his life, hopes, and ...
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Overview

Dick Heldar is a war correspondent and an artist, well known for the drawings he sends home to the London papers from wars in exotic places like Sudan. When he returns to London, he attempts to make a career for himself as a serious artist and re-encounters his childhood sweetheart, Maisie. Then he learns that a minor problem with his eyes is actually the onset of an incurable blindness, the result of a head injury during the war. As his vision fails, the light of everything around him—his life, hopes, and dreams—fails with it. Terrible choices must be made between the love of a woman and the love of the men who stood by him at the front.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786178568
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: Unabridged, MP3-CD, 8 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Charlie

    Mmhm. *He patted her head.* I should get going. I might be able to leave the Hospital tomorrow..Night, Hush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Hush

    Goodnight, Charlie. Feel better*she kisses his cheek (in a friendly way. e.-), and limps out.*.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Considered tame now. When first published seemed violent

    When Rudyard Kipling's first novel THE LIGHT THAT FAILED came out in January 1891, it was immediately compared with Oscar Wilde's almost simultaneously published THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Both novels chased each other around London bookstores for months in revision upon fresh revision until each finally settled into the "definitive" versions we know today. Both novels were about painters and art but with contrasting views. Did life imitate art (Wilde)? Or did art imitate life (Kipling?) Both novels were criticized as avant garde, dark and in Kipling's case violent and hateful. *** THE LIGHT THAT FAILED showcases from boyhood to death on a Sudan battlefield Dick Heldar. As early as Chapter One orphan schoolboy Dick is in love with orphaned co-ward Maisie. Her lawyers pull the two youngsters apart and send Maisie to France to study art. Dick, too, will spend two years studying painting in Paris with a master, then send himself off to the 1885 Sudan expedition that narrowly failed to rescue General Gordon from Khartoum. There his sketches of soldiers take the attention of famed war correspondent Gilbert Belling Torpenhow. Torpenhow or Torp takes Dick under his wing, gets his sketches published by Torp's press syndicate and thus sets Heldar's artistic career in motion. A saber cut on Dick's head will a few years later leave him completely blind. But first Dick tries in vain and almost sadistically to rekindle romance in budding artist Maisie. To stave off growing blindness until his masterpiece Melancholia is completed, Dick drinks himself into stupors. His lower class young model Bessie Broke ruins his masterpiece in revenge for Dick's breaking up Torpenhow's infatuation with the young nobody. *** Critics were shocked by the violence of THE LIGHT THAT FAILED, starting with Bessie's destruction of Dick's Melancholia, going on to Torpenhow's hinted at gouging out the eyes of a Sudanese during a life or death battle, Maisie's spurning of Dick's love even after she discovers his blindness and more. Critics were also shocked by Kipling's depiction of "the new woman," professionals like painter Maisie and her painter roommate, "the red-haired woman." Nor did critics think much of Kipling's attending to the barbaric side of British soldiers defending their lives in combat. All in all, Kipling's first novel was a worthy newcomer to the decadent or poseur ranks of Oscar Wilde, Max Beerbohm and Audrey Beardsley. -OOO-

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