The Man Who Would Be King #2020

The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling The Man Who Would Be King Large Format for easy reading Works from the well known British author and poet and creator of The Jungle Book

  • Title: The Man Who Would Be King
  • Author: Rudyard Kipling
  • ISBN: 9781406503173
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling Large Format for easy reading Works from the well known British author and poet and creator of The Jungle Book
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    1. I must admit I find the modern backlash against colonialism to be somewhat ridiculous as if colonialism were something new, something purely European, something malicious and unnatural What else has mankind done since it rose in Africa but displace its neighbors What else does any animal do but seek to thrive where it can Any successful group soon becomes cramped as their population rises, and hence spreads out to new areas In this way, each species has developed and then expanded to its limits [...]

    2. I found this book quite boring and feel guilty for the feeling I have loved most everything else I have read by this author The charictors hold no appeal for me and the plot just kind of trugged a long.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    3. Oh my fickle heart Oh my shifting allegiances.I find a curious principle at work in my reading And that priciple is that I will often change my mind with a fervor To wit I will love love love an author and then years later I will find myself passionately renouncing their writing for absolutely no good reason I used to love C.S Lewis and Jack Kerouac But now Lewis charming Britishness grates on my reading ear and Kerouac s free spirited writing just sounds like what it is the work of a crazed alc [...]

    4. the first book of Kipling I got to read after Mowgli The jungle book very interesting and breathtaking story always loved Kipling, he basically made me dream of India, hope one day I will get to visit it Just as usual the atmosphere is very realistic, the story is simply crazy, but good crazy, if you know what I mean I think it is a must read.

    5. Perhaps this was shocking or surprising to empire builders in Kipling s era, but to this modern reader, the troubles of two idiot chancers minor empire builders in Afghanistan seem slightly obvious I remember it worked exceptionally well, visually, as a movie with Michael Caine.Nor do I see much transparent chauvinism On the contrary, it appears to be a warning to self centred empire builders Also, the tribe who caused them the most trouble were British and already knew the ridiculous symbols of [...]

    6. Kipling s poetry was extravagantly admired during his life time and even for a while after his death This was certainly because he wrote quite vigorously and was regarded as a great advocate of the great British Empire upon whom the sun never set While some of his poetry is still appreciated, it hasn t aged well and one can only read about The White man s burden with embarrassment and give him a pardon for being a child of his times.But the same cannot be said about his prose the short stories i [...]

    7. Kipling has become problematic due to his retrograde ideas about race, and his depiction of societies other than English Both of those issues are present here as well, but prominent, at least for me, was the fairly explicit critique of the colonialism that created the British Empire Here two rascals set out for a distant land with the explicit aim of becoming kings thanks to their advanced weaponry and innate superiority At first they succeed, but eventually their reach exceeds their grasp, and [...]

    8. Este libro contiene dos relatos de Rudyard Kipling, uno de los reyes de la novela de aventuras.El primero es el afamad simo El hombre que quiso ser rey que fue adaptado por la igualmente afamada El hombre que pudo reinar de John Huston Nos cuenta la arriesgada y loca aventura de dos buscavidas ingleses que pretenden ser coronados reyes en un lugar llamado Kafirist n, que al parecer se halla al norte de Afganist n Combina muy bien aventuras y cierto suspense, porque el desarrollo de la historia s [...]

    9. ErrrrAn imperialistic view on an insanely unconvincing event The writer, Rudyard Kipling, employs heavy usage of 19th Century jargons and idioms unique to England and India which makes the reading a bit challenging and difficult for 20th Century Americans I am fan of history however, fictionalized history about a soldiering society is foreign to me which I was not prepared to invest in I noticed there were few typos and misspellings Not too bad for free book There is a movie named, The Man Who W [...]

    10. 0.0The reviews on this book very greatly although seemingly people got something out of it than I did It is antiquated and without reading other things, I don t know where it is, and it takes a while to figure out the narrator and just what is going on You don t have that long to set the stage in such a short book.Peachy Carnehan and Dan Dravot, con artists, decide they want to be king and take off from India for some remote place in what is now North West Afghanistan Two years later we are tol [...]

    11. I have been getting into audiobooks a lot recently, and I tend to enjoy them a lot, but somehow, I got a bit lost with this one It didn t grasp my attention enough I struggle when reading classics, because I cannot get into some of them the way I should, I lose focus quickly, which is what happened with this book Maybe I listened to it at the wrong time Maybe I ll try again someday, when I ve had than four hours of sleep Until then, I m leaving this here as it is.

    12. In the 1880s in British India, former British army sergeants Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan are convinced that the Empire does not properly appreciate their talents, which range from soldiering to smuggling to blackmailing The two embark on a journey to remote, unexplored Kafiristan, in modern day Afghanistan Pakistan Their retirement plan Use their skills to convince the locals to hire them as mercenaries, then stage a coup to install themselves as kings so that they can rob the countryside [...]

    13. The Man Who Would Be King is nowadays a term signifying grandiose ambition, but it comes from this short story of an ordinary man over reaching himself Daniel Dravot is an opportunistic rogue who slips away from the British Raj into the wilds of Afghanistan with his mate Peachey Carnehan There they set in place their absurd ambition to be kings and with guile and cunning convince the tribesmen of Kafiristan that they are gods The ruse succeeds until Dravot goes too far, and the girl he demands f [...]

    14. Two Englishmen in India, charlatans, fraudsters, impersonators, swindlers, cheats, who wander about the length of breadth of the country tricking and deceiving people to earn their dough, decide one day that they will journey up the northern mountains to become joint kings of Kafiristan, a mountainous region then outside the borders of British India but which now falls in present day Pakistan and where old pagan tribes still exist.Once in Kafiristan they make a show of force with their guns whic [...]

    15. Don t let s quarrel, Peachey, says Daniel without cursing You re a King too, and the half of this Kingdom is yours but can t you see, Peachy, we want cleverer men than us now three or four of em, that we can scatter about for our Deputies It s a hugeous great State, and I can t always tell the right thing to do, and I haven t time for all I want to do, and here s the winter coming on and all He put half his beard into his mouth, all red like the gold of his crown I m sorry, Daniel, says I I ve d [...]

    16. I found the imperialist and womanizing tone to be off putting but I overcame that to appreciate this compilation of short stories for what it is An insight into the mind of a Victorian writer I found it fascinating that a person can be both derogatory and yet respectful of the people he is writing about For example, my favorite story wasIn Flood Time because of the tone the author used and how convincing the narrator, a native Indian, was On the other hand, I thought A Way Side Comedy and At the [...]

    17. I want to tell you why I was so underwhelmed by this book, but I don t think I know Maybe it was just too short, it could have done with a bit fleshing out, but then I usually say that of shortish things Maybe I was kind of uncomfortable with the suffocating waves of colonialism that permeated the whole story they did, and I was uncomfortable, but I think that s only right these days and that s not what I disliked per se Maybe it was the hopeless ly grim atmosphere to the whole thing that just [...]

    18. Wow, this was a rollicking tale I had zero idea what I was getting into, and to my surprise it kept getting stronger and stranger A great glimpse into how Afghanistan specifically the Kafiristan region and its Kalash people must have appeared to British eyes in the late 19th century Immediately after I finished reading I was dragged into the rabbit hole with tabs open for everything mentioned in the story, from the Martini rifle to the Nuristan region Fascinating stuff.

    19. 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 I found Peachy Carnehan humorous in starts and stops But I had no love for his companion Daniel Dravo I did feel compassion towards the end though.

    20. Though interesting, it didn t engage me as much because a lot of references were obscure and went right past me A good, short read though.

    21. This story was interesting, it details the adventure of two men who want to be king in a little province of Afghanistan But since it is so old the men think the native people are savages, and because of the time period, the author makes the story play out that the men are revered as gods It was interning, nonetheless, and it had many interesting points to take from it P.S I still am not liking all the literature I am reading

    22. x this means I m really pissed that I took notes throughout the reading of this book and then, with the push of a wrong button, lost them.

    23. Pequeno livro mas que rapidamente se torna longo pela sua falta de apelo para o leitor Talvez o filme seja mais interessante ou pelo menos menos penoso.

    24. Enjoyable, if somewhat problematic, adventure yarn that raises interesting questions about Imperialism.

    25. A story about two drifters in the British Empire of India, living at a time when the empire was becoming settled, but longing for the days of Sir Stamford Raffles and the Raja John Brook, and therefore setting out towards Kaffiristan, a or less white spot on the map, north of India There, the two men discover that the local leaders know some of the secrets of free masonry, and use their own superior knowledge to convince the locals of their own godhood Later on, the locals realize that the two [...]

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