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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: February 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Jillian | 12/4/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindel | 3/5/2013

    " This was one of the first novels I read in high school. Because it was all so new it left quite an impression on me. I loved this book but i'm not sure if that's because it was so great or because it was my first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray Melville | 11/19/2012

    " OK, bit long winded, and moralising, and predictable towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/9/2012

    " No. It wouldn't have happened like that. I'm convinced. And usually I'm all for a nice and tidy tragedy. But this was silly and strangely posh (despite the whole starving blind artist "thing"). Two stars for the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Moss | 6/13/2012

    " Kipling does it to me everytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/14/2012

    " One of my favorite Kipling stories. Most of Kipling is better than most of what's written todays, so give it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 7/25/2011

    " I'm not sure I agree with the assesment and plan of the "oculist", but perhaps medicine has changed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonfaith | 7/1/2011

    " There were aspects of this novel which will no doubt linger, such a work so preoccupied with light and color. I felt the characters genuine albeit incomplete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/15/2011

    " not usually a brit lit fan, but this surprised me. maybe all its modern-ess is enough of a selling point. anyway, definately readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonfaith | 3/30/2011

    " There were aspects of this novel which will no doubt linger, such a work so preoccupied with light and color. I felt the characters genuine albeit incomplete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/6/2010

    " A bit sentimental, but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 5/19/2009

    " One of my favorite Kipling stories. Most of Kipling is better than most of what's written todays, so give it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurele | 1/6/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 9/9/2008

    " I'm not sure I agree with the assesment and plan of the "oculist", but perhaps medicine has changed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindel | 7/27/2008

    " This was one of the first novels I read in high school. Because it was all so new it left quite an impression on me. I loved this book but i'm not sure if that's because it was so great or because it was my first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/24/2007

    " not usually a brit lit fan, but this surprised me. maybe all its modern-ess is enough of a selling point. anyway, definately readable. "

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Author Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was born of English parents in Bombay, India. At seventeen, he began work as a journalist and over the next seven years established an international reputation with his stories and verses of Indian and army life, including such classics as The Jungle Book and Kim. In 1907 he became the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize.