Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories

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Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" is one of literature's greatest and most famous adventure stories. This stirring tale of two happy-go-lucky British ne'er-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.

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Overview

Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" is one of literature's greatest and most famous adventure stories. This stirring tale of two happy-go-lucky British ne'er-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 twenty-two years old, the tale also features some of 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.

Also included in this collection are "Wee Willie Winkie," "The Drums of the Fore and Aft," "Mary Postgate," and "The Maltese Cat."

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: 9781400141104
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

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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