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The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
By: (1865-1936)

"The Man Who Would Be King" by Rudyard Kipling is a captivating and thought-provoking tale of adventure, power, and betrayal. The story follows two British men, Dravot and Peachey, who set out to establish themselves as rulers of a remote kingdom in Afghanistan. As they manipulate the local tribes and gain control of the land, their ambitions and thirst for power ultimately lead to their downfall.

Kipling's writing is both eloquent and engaging, drawing readers into the exotic and dangerous world of colonial India. The characters of Dravot and Peachey are complex and multi-dimensional, with their flaws and desires driving the narrative forward. The author skillfully explores themes of imperialism, cultural appropriation, and the corrupting influence of power.

Overall, "The Man Who Would Be King" is a timeless classic that offers a powerful commentary on the consequences of unchecked ambition and the fragile nature of empire. Kipling's mastery of storytelling and vivid imagery make this novella a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of human nature.

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The Man Who Would Be King tells the story of two British adventurers in British India who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. It was inspired by the exploits of James Brooke, an Englishman who became the “white Raja” of Sarawak in Borneo, and by the travels of American adventurer Josiah Harlan, who claimed the title Prince of Ghor.

The story was first published in The Phantom Rickshaw and other Tales (Volume Five of the Indian Railway Library, published by A H Wheeler & Co of Allahabad in 1888). It also appeared in Wee Willie Winkie and Other Stories in 1895, and in numerous later editions of that collection. It is the basis for John Huston’s 1975 film of the same name, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine as the “kings”, and Christopher Plummer as Kipling.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 19, 2013
Subject: The Man Who Woukd Be King
The review by FNH states it well. The reader does a great job.

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