The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories

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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
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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.

These seventeen stories explore the themes of isolation and abandonment and the effects of the caste system on Indian society.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400130467
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Unabridged Classics in Audio Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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Short-story writer, novelist, and poet Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, is the author of such popular works as The Jungle Book, Kim, and "The Man Who Would Be King."

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Table of Contents

General Preface
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Kipling's Life and Works
The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes 3
The Phantom 'Rickshaw 26
Gemini 49
A Wayside Comedy 58
At Twenty-Two 70
The Education of Otis Yeere 81
The Hill of Illusion 103
Dray Wara Yow Dee 113
The Judgment of Dungara 122
With the Main Guard 131
In Flood Time 146
Only a Subaltern 155
Baa Baa, Black Sheep 170
At the Pit's Mouth 198
Black Jack 204
On the City Wall 221
The Man who would be King 244
Explanatory Notes 280
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Typical Kipling

    While I realize Kipling is a world reknown author, I find his writing labored.

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