Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” is one of literature’s greatest
and most famous adventure stories. This stirring tale of two
happy-go-lucky British ne’er-do-wells trying to carve out their own
kingdom in the remote mountains of Afghanistan has also proved over time
to be a work of penetrating and lasting political insight—amidst its
raucous humor and swashbuckling bravado is a devastatingly astute
dissection of imperialism and its heroic pretensions.
Written when he was only twenty-two years old, the tale also features
some of Kipling’s most crystalline prose and one of the most beautifully
rendered, spectacularly exotic settings he ever used. Best of all, it
features two of his most unforgettable characters: the ultra-vivid
Cockneys Peachy Carnahan and Daniel Dravot, who impart to the story its
ultimate, astonishing twist.
Also included in this collection are “Wee Willie Winkie,” “The Drums of
the Fore and Aft,” “Mary Postgate,” and “The Maltese Cat.” Download and start listening now!