The Man Who Would Be King

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Sprache - Englisch

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Rudyard Kipling's 'The Man Who Would Be King' is a novella of formidable literary distinction, steeped in the imperialistic ethos and the adventurous spirit of the late 19th century. The narrative wonderfully captures the ambitious journey of two British ex-soldiers in the wilds of Kafiristan, who endeavor to establish themselves as monarch and deity. With his signature style weaving elements of fable and realism, Kipling unearths the themes of friendship, ambition, and the consequences of colonial hubris. This literary work not only echoes the interests of the British Empire but also showcases its author's nuanced understanding of human nature and power dynamics within the historical context of British colonialism.

Rudyard Kipling, a British author born in British India, is renowned for his proficiency in capturing the complexities of the colonial encounter. His own experiences in India and Britain permeate his storytelling, providing an authentic perspective on the intricate relations between the colonizer and the colonized. Kipling's insights into the psyche of his characters and his astute commentary on societal hierarchies are shaped by his intimate familiarity with the British Raj and the social fabric it wove.

This edition, thoughtfully reproduced by DigiCat Publishing, invites readers to engage with 'The Man Who Would Be King' as a monumental classic that transcends its age. It recommends itself to those interested in colonial literature, tales of high adventure, and examinations of human ambition and frailty. Kipling's storytelling remains as resonant today as at the time of publishing, making it an indispensable read for any literary connoisseur and students of postcolonial studies seeking to understand the literary landscapes of empires past.

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English author and poet, born in India, who became one of the most prominent literary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works are celebrated for their imaginative vigor, vivid characterization and a deep understanding of the complexities of human nature and society. Kipling's storytelling prowess is exemplified in his book 'The Man Who Would Be King' (1888), which tells the compelling tale of two British adventurers in exotic lands, exploring themes of imperialism and the limits of human ambition. This novella, like many of his works, is marked by a masterful use of language and a richly descriptive style that evokes the grandeur and spectacle of the British Empire's dominions. Kipling's legacy is multifaceted – he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 for his numerous contributions to English literature, including his beloved collection of children's stories, 'The Jungle Book' (1894), and the novel 'Kim' (1901). Despite controversies surrounding his political views, which some critics have labeled as imperialistic, Kipling's influence on the English literary canon remains undeniable. His storytelling technique, particularly his skill in short story writing, has set a benchmark for subsequent generations of writers.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 34 Pages

Filesize: 299.5 KB

ISBN: 8596547337683