91 – The Man Who Would Be King

Also da hat sich der liebe Herr Mahringer aber ins Fettnäpfchen gesetzt. Rudyard Kipling’s „The Man Who Would Be King“. Ein Klassiker der englischen Literatur im Literaturverzeichnis eines Gerichtsgutachten über die Situation in Afghanistan 2017 – Wow!

Herr Mahringer gibt das Datum übrigens mit 1999 an, hat da aber ein wenig geschwindelt. Kipling ist 1936 gestorben und das Buch ist bereits 1888 erschienen. Wie wäre es auch sonst möglich gewesen, dass Sean Connery, Michael Caine und Christopher Plummer in der Verfilmung von 1975 brillieren konnten?

Herr Mahringer hat das aber auch ganz schlau gemacht, indem er die Oxford University Press Ausgabe angegeben hat.  Darin ist zu lesen:

This collection brings together seventeen of Kipling’s early stories, written between 1885 and 1888, when Kipling was working as a journalist in India. Wry comedies of British officialdom alternate with glimpses into the harsh lives of the common soldiers and the Indian poor, revealing Kipling’s legendary powers of observation and, in ‚Baa Baa, Black Sheep‘ his own miserable childhood. 
From Mrs Hauksbee’s Simla drawing-room to Mulvaney’s cot in barracks, to the wild hills of Kafiristan, Kipling re-creates the India he knew in stories by turns ironic and sentimental, compassionate and bitter, displaying the brilliance that has captivated readers for over a century. 

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Mahringer Literaturverzeichnis: 91
Autor: Kipling, R
Titel: The Man Who Would Be King
Erscheinungsjahr: 1888 (Alter 129 Jahre)
Im Literaturverzeichnis 1999
Siehe Verfilmung 1975
Genre: Belletristik
Anzahl der Verweise im Gutachten: 0

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This anthology of tales by Rudyard Kipling contains some of the most memorable and popular examples of the genre of which he is an undisputed master. The Man Who would be King (later adapted as a spectacular film) is a vivid narrative of exotic adventure and disaster.

The other tales include the ironic, horrific, poignant and haunting. Here Kipling displays his descriptive panache and realistic boldness. Shrewd, audacious, abrasive and challenging, he remains absorbingly readable.

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