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The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
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Jun 25, 2012

Read in June, 2012

My first experience with Kipling. It is very important to place his writing in the proper historical context. This story was a perfect representation of British colonialist writing. Some of the terms are downright racist. But at the same time, the Indian and Afghan characters come out as fully realized and strong as the two British lead characters. Fanatical liberal readers would have a problem getting through this story. But like I said in the beginning, the story has to be placed in the proper historical context. Attacking Kipling's writing as racist would be like throwing the same charges against Twain for his writing of "Huckleberry Finn". Neither is an appropriate criticism in my mind.

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