The Man Who Would Be King: And Other Stories

The Man Who Would Be King: And Other Stories

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ISBN-13: 9781400150465
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Series: Unabridged Classics in Audio Series
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Short-story writer, novelist, and poet Rudyard Kipling was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and was hailed as a literary heir to Charles Dickens. His most popular works include Kim, Just So Stories, and The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories.

An acclaimed narrator, Rebecca Burns has recorded such titles as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, and Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter.

Table of Contents

General Prefacevii
Note on the Textxxxviii
Select Bibliographyxl
A Chronology of Kipling's Life and Worksxliii
The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes3
The Phantom 'Rickshaw26
A Wayside Comedy58
At Twenty-Two70
The Education of Otis Yeere81
The Hill of Illusion103
Dray Wara Yow Dee113
The Judgment of Dungara122
With the Main Guard131
In Flood Time146
Only a Subaltern155
Baa Baa, Black Sheep170
At the Pit's Mouth198
Black Jack204
On the City Wall221
The Man who would be King244
Explanatory Notes280

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Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
flourishing on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another book I'm reading for class. This made me want to read Kim again (and perhaps I shall).
girlunderglass on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Man Who Would Be king and Other Stories wasn't really my cup of tea. The book contains five short stories, each quite different from the other: you will find amongst them a Poe-esque thriller, a love story between a British soldier and an Indian woman, and a picaresque tale set in Afghanistan. Having never read anything by Kipling before and having heard his name mentioned repeatedly, I was expecting something more. Granted this is still the 19th century - so maybe I'm overlooking the fact that some techniques which today seem old and dated might have been considered innovative then. Still, from the point of view of a modern reader, this book didn't have much to give me. I had heard that Kipling is deeply associated with British colonialism, but somehow expected his views to be more subtle. The extremely racist descriptions of Indians and other colonized people is, frankly, very insulting - even while acknowledging as I do that that sort of attitude was almost universal at the time. One could argue that the descriptions of the locals are provided by fictional characters and not by Kipling himself and that perhaps Kipling is just an apt historian documenting his contemporaries' views on colonialism. Even if that were the case - which I doubt - the fact remains that none of the five stories in this collection manage to escape the portrayal of the British protagonist as infinitely superior to the native inhabitants whose land he has invaded. The only story of the five included that I can truly say I enjoyed was Wee Willie Winkie, not that it managed to change my overall opinion on the book. Perhaps a reason one should read this is to get an idea of colonization in the 19th century through the perspective of the settlers. Still, there are better books out there on the subject.
feelinglistless on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Not having visited a newsroom yet myself, I don¿t know how accurate Kipling¿s description of the Bombay Mail at the opening of The Man who would be King is, but it¿s exactly how I¿ve always imagined, understandable given the author was working as a journalist in India when writing these stories. Evocatively expressed between semi-colons, this is a disorganised chaos of humanity working against the odds in a barely comfortable, stiflingly humid atmosphere, to produce a coherent message or at the very least fill a newspaper's columns with informative content from some mostly reputable sources. Kipling¿s style is an acquired taste, as messy but flavoursome as the cuisine of the country he¿s evoking, only really gaining momentum in those stories with a vivid, psychologically challenging idea like The Haunted Rickshaw or At Twenty-Two, in which a mining disaster inspired by Emile Zola¿s Germinal is transposed to Kipling's country of origin.
ashishg on LibraryThing 6 months ago
It's a difficult book for me. I did't - couldn't - read all the short stories here. They are too subtle and written in too complex a language. But what I did read, I did experience an unique writing style worth savouring.
Neilsantos on LibraryThing 6 months ago
So I'd never read Kipling, sue me. The Man Who Would be King is one of my fav movies, and I really enjoyed the story, it told the same story, and actually it made me like the movie more, for I could then see that the added bits (it is a short story after all, you have to add something) were done very well in keeping the tone of the original story.The other short stories in the collection, well I read a few, and I still don't like short stories. They are the fast food of literature. You can fill up your time with them, but you don't really take anything away from it.
GConradDietz More than 1 year ago
While I realize Kipling is a world reknown author, I find his writing labored.