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The Light That Failed | [Rudyard Kipling]

The Light That Failed

This book was published in 1891 and is a story of a lonely child, Dick Helder, who grows up to become a war artist. Following the British army into battle, he experiences many difficulties and internal struggles while providing some outstanding descriptions of the desert and desert warfare.
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Publisher's Summary

Rudyard Kipling was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature (1907). In addition to writing children's stories such as The Jungle Books and the Just So Stories, he wrote a number of classic novels about the time of British Imperialism including Kim and this audiobook. This book was published in 1891 and is a story of a lonely child, Dick Helder, who grows up to become a war artist. Following the British army into battle, he experiences many difficulties and internal struggles while providing some outstanding descriptions of the desert and desert warfare.

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    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 05-26-06
    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 05-26-06 Member Since 2005

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    "A Haunting Novel"

    This is a somewhat haunting novel that features unexpected twists. Well written, well read. Characters are realistic and stick with you for quite a while.

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    Anne Herndon, VA, USA 07-29-07
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    "Inappropriate reader"

    Why would you choose an American female to read Kipling, and one who doesn't know how to pronounce "Leicester Square" and "threepenny bit"? Kipling is the quintessential English Public School educated male, so it just seemed amazingly inappropriate and spoiled my enjoyment of of an interesting story.

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  • Rebecca
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    "Great Book - Wrong reader"

    OK, this is a fantastic Edwardian novel, with the underrated Kipling in his most melancholic 'end of empire' mood. It requires a male voice, preferably British - Alex Jennings? Martin Jarvis?

    Now I'm sure Donna Barkman is a fine reader - but not of this. This is truly not a sexist - or even a racist - statement, but a female American voice is just WRONG. It would be like Judy Dench reading Mark Twain.

    I found it dull and unconvincing, and the misunderstanding and mis-emphasis of slightly archaic British middle-class phrases were simply not understood. E.g.- Kipling has his characters say 'Old man' frequently, as was common for young men of the day - the equivalent I suppose of 'mate' or 'dude' today. She just gets it wrong all the time. Sorry - I couldn't finish listening to it, so have reverted to the book. Not all lost then!

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