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The Man Who Would Be King (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Rudyard Kipling

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Brother to a Prince and fellow to a beggar if he be found worthy." 17 septembre 2012
Par John Williamson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
So begins Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, with an echo of the last verse of the Masonic verse "Banquet Night," and there are quite a few references to Freemasonry in this tale, which is considered by many to be Kipling's finest short story.

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. In the words of Daniel Dravot, they have been "Soldier, sailor, compositor, photographer, proof-reader, street-preacher, and correspondents of the 'Backwoodsman' when we thought the paper wanted one. Carnehan is sober, and so am I. Look at us first and see that's sure. It will save you cutting into my talk. We'll take one of your cigars apiece, and you shall see us light."

The pair have have decided India isn't enough for them, and the next day they will go off to Kafiristan, to set themselves up as kings. They were going through the Khaiber with a regular caravan and with Dravot disguised as a native priest, stating, "Who'd touch a poor mad priest?" They have twenty Martini rifles, and with their camels, they plan to find a tribal leader, help him defeat his enemies, then take over for themselves.

The pair sign a "Contrack" (contract) as "Gentlemen at Large," with the narrator as witness, in which they will together "be Kings of Kafiristan," not "look at any Liquor, nor any Woman," and that if one gets into trouble "the other will stay by him." They ask the narrator for the use of maps and books of the area, as a favor because they are fellow Freemasons, and because he spoiled their earlier blackmail scheme.

Two years pass, and on a hot summer night, an almost unrecognizable Peachey Carnehan creeps into the narrator's office, a broken man, a crippled beggar clad in rags. He tells an astonishing tale of how Daniel Dravot and he had succeeded in becoming Kafiri kings, taking over villages, and building a unified nation in Kafiristan (in modern-day Afghanistan). Carnehan explains how the Kafiris (who were pagans, not Moslems) came to regard Dravot as a god, and the immortal son of Alexander the Great. The Kafiris practiced a form of Masonic ritual, and the pair secrets of Freemasons that only the oldest priest remembered.

But Carnehan explains that their grand schemes were shattered when Dravot made a decision that brought their kingdom down around them. And to explain any further would spoil the final outcome of this amazing tale. The Masonic connections to the growth and demise of the British Empire have been covered by many. It's a true literary masterpiece, and it's quite apparent that Kipling was quite conscious of the fact that the British Empire of that time was not eternal.

It's no wonder that the late John Huston chose Kipling's tale to create his epic 1975 film The Man Who Would Be King, which starred Sean Connery (Daniel Dravot), Michael Caine (Peachey Carnehan) and Christopher Plummer (Rudyard Kipling). It had a superb supporting performance from Saeed Jaffrey, along with a rare but pivotal appearance by Michael Caine's wife, Shakira. This was a film that director John Huston had planned for years, and was nominated for four Academy Awards. The film is very true to Kipling's story, but goes into less Masonic detail.

One of the more interesting aspects of this tale is that it was loosely based on historical fact, of which Kipling was aware. Josiah Harlan, a Pennsylvania Quaker, journeyed to Afghanistan in the 1820s, and through a series of wheeling and dealing, was crowned the Prince of Ghor (a province in central Afghanistan). Ben Macintyre's book The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan details his story, including Freemason Harlan trading secrets with an old Rosicrucian sorcerer in an Afghan cave, and how the the British overthrow of the sitting Afghan ruler soon forced his departure.

But going back to Kipling's tale, the inevitable question arises: which is better, the book or the movie?

That would be a difficult answer for this reviewer, as both have been real favorites for many years, and John Huston had gone out of his way to keep his film as true to Kipling's story as possible. Would have to say that I rate them equally, and can easily recommend them as 5-star choices, and fortunately The Man Who Would Be King is now available as a Kindle freebie.

9/16/2012
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Greed Followed by Downfall 9 août 2014
Par THREEKAY - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A beautiful classic of two Englishmen, who venture into Afghanistan from India, to become Kings of a part of that country.
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. A man’s ability to reach his goal through will power and intelligence and the same man’s downfall due to excessive greed and wrong decisions is well brought out in this book. A must learn moral for every aspiring man and woman. The book has a wonderful poetic narration which can be enjoyed until the last page.

Negatives: The brutality of the Afghan tribes in killing Daniel who according them had cheated the people of Kafiristan, creates a kind of negative impact on Afghan way of living.

My rating is 4 out of 5
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A simple yet epic adventure story 12 avril 2015
Par Gregory P. McCormick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A grand adventure with some of the best acting you will ever see. This is a story about friendship and both the strengths and frailties of us human beings. It's perhaps the best "buddy" movie I've ever seen. This story, from the pen of Rudyard Kipling and outstanding direction from John Huston, somehow manages to present how difficult it is for us to deal with the simplicity of life, and manages to cover the panorama of our lives, from the basest desires to the spiritual. You will not see better acting from Caine and Connery. It's a story that, even after several viewings, still has the effect of stirring a kindness in me toward both myself and my fellow human beings.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kings, Gods, Devils 16 décembre 2014
Par William Fields - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Having seen the John Houston movie, I sought this book with great interest. With only a few minor modifications, the film followed the spirit of this book very closely. It is a riproaring story of adventurers in British occupied India and there it further adventures in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Kafiristan. They are men who seek riches and fame and ultimately become kings and gods. Unfortunately, their new subjects discover that their gods have feet made of clay. In Rudyard Kiplings masterful hands, the story rolls off the page in visual images that lend themselves to cinema almost without editing. This masterfully crafted story made for an hour of time very well spent.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Can be used to read during traveling or leisure time 20 août 2015
Par RINSON JACOB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Unique way of writing make most of the difference
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