The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories

by Rudyard Kipling
     
 

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'The Man who would be King', the tale of two vagabonds who attempt to establish a kingdom among primitive tribesmen, is both a classic of high adventure and a searching parable of Empire. This collection brings together seventeen of Kipling's early stories, written between 1885 and 1888, when Kipling was working as a journalist in India. Wry comedies of British… See more details below

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'The Man who would be King', the tale of two vagabonds who attempt to establish a kingdom among primitive tribesmen, is both a classic of high adventure and a searching parable of Empire. This collection brings together seventeen of Kipling's early stories, written between 1885 and 1888, when Kipling was working as a journalist in India. Wry comedies of British officialdom alternate with glimpses into the harsh lives of the common soldiers and the Indian poor, revealing Kipling's legendary powers of observation and, in 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' his own miserable childhood. From Mrs Hauksbee's Simla drawing-room to Mulvaney's cot in barracks, to the wild hills of Kafiristan, Kipling re-creates the India he knew in stories by turns ironic and sentimental, compassionate and bitter, displaying the brilliance that has captivated readers for over a century.

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"An excellent collection with particularly thorough notes."--Professor M. Mackey, Ph.D., California State University, Sacramento

"A lovely little book."--James Dahl, West Georgia College

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ISBN-13:
9780192816740
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/09/1987
Series:
World's Classics Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.63(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.61(d)

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