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The Man Who Would Be King Paperback – November 13, 2013
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The author was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), in what was then British India, and he drew upon his experiences in Anglo-Indian society for much of his fiction. The winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature, he was the first English language writer to receive the coveted prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. He is regarded as a master of the short story, and his books for children are considered as enduring classics of children's literature.
"The Man Who Would be King" is a unforgettable tale of adventure, and is told by a first-person narrator, a newspaperman in India who one can assume is Rudyard Kipling. While on a train, he meets a fascinating opportunist: "He was a wanderer and a vagabond like myself, but with an educated taste for whiskey. He told tales of things he had seen and done, of out-of-the-way corners of the Empire into which he had penetrated, and of adventures in which he risked his life for a few days' food."
The narrator soon learns that Daniel Dravot and his fellow vagabond, Peachey Carnehan, are both passing themselves off as journalists for the newspaper for which the narrator is a real correspondent. He is fascinated by them, but does stop them from blackmailing a minor Indian rajah.
Some months later, they appear at his office in Lahore, and tell him their plan.Read more ›
The story is narrated by a journalist who happens to meet two Englishmen Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan, in a train in the times when India was still under the British rule. These two guys worked as sailor, photographers, petty contractors, engine drivers, boiler fitters etc and eventually come to a conclusion that India is not the place for their dream, and that is to become King of some land. Hence, they chose Kafiristan, a place in Afghanistan where they find that the place is ruled by tribes and have no proper King under one rule. They take the help of the journo to get smuggled into Afghanistan cleverly under disguise and were successful in making the people of Kafiristan believe that they are Gods in human form. The people there though innocent in the belief but were not ready to accept them as part and parcel of their tribes. All goes well until one day Daniel wants to have a female, as a wife, from among the tribes. This proposal of Daniel was opposed by Carnehan as the contract between them states that they should never touch or want any woman in foreign land, but rebuked by Daniel.. This aggravates the situation and the tribes realize the fact that these two guys were just humans cheating them as Gods. They brutally kill Daniel and crucify Carnehan. The severely injured Carnehan, somehow escapes from Kafiristan and come back to the journo to tell him what happened. Ultimately, he also dies in an asylum, repenting for what happened.
Positives: The author’s regular style of narration in poetic form is once again replicated.Read more ›
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It is sad that I could not make myself love this. I know it is a classic and really who am I to judge a classic. I just did not enjoy it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Vicki Goodwin
This work provides a means to travel to a far away place in the mind, meet strange characters with crazy schemes, and laugh your Yakov off.Published 1 month ago by Edav
It was one of my favorite movies, so i read the book. This is one case where the movie was longer than the book and possibly told the story betterPublished 1 month ago by J Cakes
Easy read that transports you to a far away place with whimsical characters. I loved the movie and loved the bookPublished 2 months ago by mike toscano
I love a good short story. this one I wished had been flushed out. If you ever had seen the movie, you would have agreed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great classic literature...and if you've seen the movie it's good to have read the book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer