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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: The NBC University Theater Group Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Artist Dick Heldar returns to 1890's England from the war in the Sudan after sustaining eye injuries and turns to painting for a living. While his realistic paintings of scenes from the war in Sudan slowly achieve a certain popularity, he ekes a living painting romanticized portraits.

Eventually, the old war injury to his eyes starts getting worse and Heldar realizes he is going blind. Before he completely loses his sight, Dick resolves to paint his masterpiece, Melancholia, using a prostitute named Bessie as a model. He drinks heavily to keep his eyesight going.

Dick deliberately drives Bessie to hysteria to get the right expressions. Dick's eyesight fades just as he completes his masterpiece, and he collapses in exhaustion. Bessie returns and destroys the painting in revenge, smearing the still wet paint across the canvas. When Dick invites his friend, Maisie, to view his masterpiece (which he can no longer see), she cannot bring herself to tell Dick about his ruined canvas.

Bessie returns and reveals she has destroyed his masterpiece. In despair, Dick travels back to the Sudan and joins his old company. He persuades his friend Torpenhow to put him on a horse and joins the charge into enemy lines with the other soldiers, where he is quickly shot and killed.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erskine | 12/26/2013

    " A very depressing book. I read it when I was in high school. It was at a time when I was enamored of Kipling's writing, and was reading everything I could find by him. It was a major disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurele | 12/26/2013

    " I think I like Kipling's poetry and his fantasy and far-away books better, but this was a good, unusual book for me for the first week of 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Jordan | 12/13/2013

    " A bit sentimental, but a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jillian | 12/4/2013

    " Though I love Rudyard Kipling, this was depressing and the parts about the comrades were dull. "

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