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The Man Who Would Be King [Kindle Edition]

Rudyard Kipling
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00848SAL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Tale 17 Sept. 2012
By Boing TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Okay, I'll be honest right from the start. I didn't download this for the experience of Kipling's literary might, I downloaded it to find out exactly why it's the book that Magneto constantly obsesses over in X-Men. All right? You got me. Happy now?

As others have already said this is a fascinating, albeit mostly fictional, glimpse into the worlds of colonial India, and the Afghan region prior to any seriously significant Western influence. It's also an incisive - if somewhat concise - study in tribal/religious power play.

The language is nowhere near archaic enough to make the text inaccessible to the modern reader, although some words and turns of phrase have dropped out of use. Also I am fairly certain many of the place names mentioned throughout have changed, although this in no way affects one's understanding of the plot.

I finished this in about an hour, so I'd call it a short but worthwhile read. I'd happily recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different to contemporary styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have urgent business to the South...... 24 Feb. 2015
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One of my fave reads - two miscreant ne'erdowells depart on an adventure to become rulers of Kafiristan in what is now a province of Afghanistan. Once there, they intend to befriend a king, train his men and then take over the country. There are elements of the book that are fact, the narrator is loosely based on Kipling, the people of Kafiristan are Europen like in appearance, Dravot and Carnehan, the adventurers are inspired by the likes of James Brook and Josiah Hartan who became rulers of Srawark and Ghor respectively in real life.

The story starts with the newspaper man meeting up with two adventurers and freemasons then, some months later, in a newspaper office in Lahore, he listens to the two ex soldiers plan to head north, become rich and live the life of Riley, they read him their pact which includes forsaking both alcohol and women and gives them access to maps and books before bidding farewell the following day.

Two years later only Carnehan returns to tell the tale of how Daniel Dravot became a king and then lost it all.

It's a great story and one that I've always enjoyed reading, quite happy to pick up and read over time and time again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic morality tale 22 July 2013
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This very short story concerns two con artists who are trying to hustle to stay alive and make their fortune in India. The two of them concoct a scam whereby they will travel to a remote principality and, by nature of the fact they are naturally superior to the natives in that area, become kings. As it happens, they do reach the kingdom against all odds, and once their they are accepted as Gods and crowned as Kings according to plan.
One of the pair sets about consolidating the kingdom whilst the other drills their new subjects, enhancing the military capability of the kingdom. They have dreams of being elevated within English society for adding these recruits to the Army - seeing themselves as genuine Kings and thereby the equal of the Viceroy.
This scheme is obviously doomed to failure - and in the nature of all tragedies it is the protagonists themselves (or at least one of them) that brings about their downfall.
This book employs a lot of terms and ideas that would have been around at the time but are no longer in use. I enjoyed it, but can't mark it higher than 3*.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A surprise 16 Oct. 2012
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Having seen the film several times, I thought I would read the book as it is free on Kindle. I was surprised how short it was. Really short, I could have easily read it in one sitting. So I was disappointed that it wasn't a longer story that I could have really got my teeth into. I initially thought that perhaps it was a very abridged version because it was free, but reading the other reviews it obviously isn't.

It's a good read, what there is of it, very descriptive and absorbing as you would expect from a classic novel, occasionally a bit confusing in the narrative when Peachy is recounting his adventures, I had to re-read a couple of bits. I just felt a bit let down by it. I'm not giving 3 stars just because it is short, obviously, but because I think the story could have been expanded a bit further and, for me personally, it might have made a more satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great classic 15 Jun. 2013
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This is the first Kipling I have ever read. I watched the film on several occasions as a youngster so was aware of the flow of the narrative, but on finally reading the story I can now appreciate the depth of the caricatures and the skill of the author. It touches on some deep facets of the human mind set that I feel a second read would further reveal. A great story, masterfully written. Look forward to further exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wondeful novel 11 Nov. 2012
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A wondeful and fascinating novel which I've read before but this time on the Kindle. The novel shows Kipling's incredible knowledge of India where he lived and worked as a journalist at the time and follows the journey of 2 ex British soldiers who set out to conquer remote areas of India. The film of the same name follows the book closely leading to a fantastic climax. Buy the book and film!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dedication required 31 May 2015
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This is not an easy read. This takes concentration. Its a fantastic story - the film has often given me the guts to face things I wouldn't usually be able to face. This book is my definition of friendship and adventure. Unless you are an adept reader, steer clear - this is very hard going, like reading Shakespeare when you're five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fable or Fact
A story that leaves the reader with a moral. Everyone can reach above their station but know when to stop
Published 20 days ago by Bob Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read
Published 1 month ago by Betty
3.0 out of 5 stars It didn't live up to my expectations!
I could put it down, which indicates it didn't hold my interest for too long! Disappointing ending.
Published 2 months ago by lidpg
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite a short book. American version with American spelling.
Published 2 months ago by David Stephens
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I think the story started quite well, but seemed to lose its way.
The film that was based on this story is a classic, so I was very disappointed with this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Very famous story that I've been meaning to read for a while. I personally found it a little hard to follow in parts but it's pretty much a must read.
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Castle
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought I was reading a classic but was really disappointed. Either...
Thought I was reading a classic but was really disappointed. Either the novel has dated badly or current literature has improved drastically. An irrelevant and uninspiring read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but woefully short
I remember some of the film with Michael Caine & Sean Connery. The beauty of character, culture & story draw you in.
Published 5 months ago by Robi Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 5 months ago by paul triggol
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good to read
Published 5 months ago by Alex A Emedeme
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