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Fall in love Then he learns that a minor problem with his eyes is actually the onset of blindness incurable the result of a head wound he took during the war As his vision fails the light of everything around him his life his hopes his dreams fail with it There are terrible choices to be made between the love of the woman he treasures the love of the men who stood by him at the fro. I assumed I wouldn't like this just another boring over written 19th century novel It was in a faded red cloth bound one volume collection of Kipling's works published by Black's Readers Service in 1928 The book was on a shelf next to the cot in the room I was staying at I had nothing else to read and I had time with nothing to do so I began reading and before I knew it I was utterly drawn into the story the world and the life it depicted It was not boring and certainly not over writtenIn fact the writing was direct and vivid Setting a scene A thin grey fog hung over the city and the streets were very cold for summer was in EnglandPortraying a character's mood and attitude I have my own matches and sulfur and I'll make my own hell Describing a picture Your paintings smell of tobacco and blood Can't you do anything except soldiersDepicting the smoke from black powder cartridge firing rifles during a skirmish Gradually the scattered white cloudlets drew out into long lines of banked white that hung heavily in the stillness of the dawn before they turned over wave like and glided into the valleysGeorge Orwell once called Kipling a good second rate author I beg to differ He is certainly good but there is nothing second rate about himOne thing I like about reading novels from past centuries is how they sometimes reveal in casual unintended ways what it was like to be alive then In one scene in Light for example Kipling is describing the emotional disorientation of the protagonist as he copes with going blind and he writes there are noises under the sea and sounds overhead in a clear sky That is effective description but it made me think that it was effective in 1890 than today today we hear sounds in a clear sky all the time; in fact sometimes the clear sky can be intolerably noisy And we know if we haven't heard ourselves that the sea is full of noisy marine life not to mention the throb of ship propellersBut in Kipling's time the only sound to come from the sky was thunder ships sailed the sea under canvass silently and what was below was unknownGood story well written thought provoking grim and sad

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In 11878 Kipling was admitted to the United Services College at Westward Ho Devon a school founded a few years earlier to prepare boys for the armed forces The school proved rough going for him at first but led to firm friendships provided the setting for his schoolboy stories Stalky Co published years later During his time there he met fell in love with Florence Garrard the model f. I enjoyed this one though not uite as much as Kim The characters are very intriguing and some of the themes it deals with especially around unreuited love art and loss of sight are really interesting However I found the ending indeed both endings for it has an alternative one as well as the original a little disappointing it didn't uite live up to the rest of the book

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Or Maisie in his 1st novel The Light That Failed initially published in 1890 in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine Dick Heldar is a war correspondent an artist known for the drawings he sends home to the London papers from wars in exotic places like Sudan When he returns to London he attempts to make a career for himself as a serious artist encounters his childhood sweetheart Maisie They. This is a story about two friends Dick and Maisie who drift apart from each other after one of the friends leave to go to Paris to go to school They reunite ten years later both working as artists One is a war artist and the other one is studying under the teacher Kami a teacher Dick had learned his craft from for ten years Will the two friends continue to be friends or will Dick's romantic feelings end their friendship Read on and find out for yourselfThis was my first ever read by Rudyard Kipling and I enjoyed it It was a pretty good and sad story about friends and what happens when you lose them due to petty pride for their career view spoilerwhich ruins one of the character's lives hide spoiler

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About the Author: Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist short story writer poet and novelistKipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book 1894 Kim 1901 and many short stories including The Man Who Would Be King 1888 His poems include Mandalay 1890 Gunga Din 1890 The Gods of the Copybook Headings 1919 The White Man's Burden 1899 and If— 1910 He is regarded as a major innovator in



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  1. says:

    I enjoyed this one though not uite as much as Kim The characters are very intriguing and some of the themes it deals with especially around unreuited love art and loss of sight are really interesting However I found the ending indeed both endings for it has an alternative one as well as the original a little disappointing it didn't uite live up to the rest of the book

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    After seminary graduation and moving my possessions back from New York City to Illinois I was invited to visit Norway by family there my first visit since 1962 Most of the time I stayed with Mother in her apartment in the Majorstua neighborhood in Oslo not far from Vigland ParkArriving travelling light I found little to read Mom hadn't been long back in her homeland and except for some John Jakes novels most of her books were in Norwegian One exception was a bunch of old Rudyard Kipling novels which I presumed she had gotten from her stepfather Fin Graff who had been raised in Eau Claire Wisconsin before the suicide of his father Dr Harald Graff and the separation of his family he being sent back to relatives in Norway his brother my paternal grandfather and sister being raised by their mother in the StatesExcept for Kipling's children's stories I only knew him as a poet whose work celebrated British imperialism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries I didn't want to read him But until I got to know the neighborhood and find the good bookstores carrying English titles I had little choiceThe Light That Failed was completely unknown to me A uick perusal showed it wasn't primarily about lording it over the darkies in India so I selected that volume and lay down in my room to readI was amazed Not only could Kipling plot well and write beautifully his characterizations were actually believable I became captivated by the love story at its heart and anguished tearfully with the protagonistI may have finished the book over the course of one night perhaps two It was hard to put down

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    19 AUG 2014 recommended to me by Cheryl Dagny and Karen while reading The Four Feathers by AEW Mason find it here among lots of other places on the web A free download of The Light That Failed may be found 1 opening sentences 'WHAT do you think she'd do if she caught us? We oughtn't to have it you know' said Maisie'Beat me and lock you up in your bedroom' Dick answered without hesitation 'Have you got the cartridges?''Yes; they're in my pocket but they are joggling horribly Do pin fire cartridges go off of their own accord?''Don't know Take the revolver if you are afraid and let me carry them''I'm not afraid' Maisie strode forward swiftly a hand in her pocket and her chin in the air Dick followed with a small pin fire revolverAnd to do with the cartridges'I know it has gone out to the Marazion Bell buoy' said Dick with a chuckle 'Fire low and to the left; then perhaps you'll get it Oh look at Amomma—he's eating the cartridges'Maisie turned the revolver in her hand just in time to see Amomma scampering away from the pebbles Dick threw after him Nothing is sacred to a billy goat Being well fed and the adored of his mistress Amomma had naturally swallowed two loaded pin fire cartridges Maisie hurried up to assure herself that Dick had not miscounted the tale'Yes he's eaten two''Horrid little beast Then they'll joggle about inside him and blow up and serve him right Oh Dick have I killed you?'Silly goat 21 AUG 2014 this book left me with uestions than satisfaction Were Maisie and the red haired girl in a lesbian relationship? Might Turpenhow and Dick have engaged in a homosexual relationship? Does the light that failed refer to both Dick's lost sight and the loss of love for Maisie? No soldier would have endangered his fellow soldiers to have returned sightless to the battlefield his fellow soldiers' focus would be with him and not on the focus of war and staying alive Parts felt so real and others implausible But in the end I enjoyed The Light That Failed

  4. says:

    The Light That Failed took me into a different realm of Kipling's writing It's the tale of an artist who draws what he sees of war and then as his eyesight is failing sets out to complete his MelancholiaI won't give any spoilers than that except to say that his portrayals of the friendships he experiences with both men and women are still very moving to me

  5. says:

    This is a story about two friends Dick and Maisie who drift apart from each other after one of the friends leave to go to Paris to go to school They reunite ten years later both working as artists One is a war artist and the other one is studying under the teacher Kami a teacher Dick had learned his craft from for ten years Will the two friends continue to be friends or will Dick's romantic feelings end their friendship? Read on and find out for yourselfThis was my first ever read by Rudyard Kipling and I enjoyed it It was a pretty good and sad story about friends and what happens when you lose them due to petty pride for their career view spoilerwhich ruins one of the character's lives hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Oh the works that get passed over Some of the greatest work of the greatest authors is ignored because it's missing some of the charm of their popular works Rudyard Kipling may be known best for The Jungle Book Kim and Captain Courageous but he possessed a deeper observation of the world than just the adventures palatable to children The Earth he lived on was full of failures darkness and pain and any man given to the arts has the tools to express what he's seenThe Light That Failed is just such a book I originally picked it up off a corner bookshelf in an obscure bookstore in my hometown the 1910 Art Type edition; I absolutely adore it and only bought it for the author's name However after a year of trying to find time to read it and constant interruptions I was able to immerse myself in the story and see the real beauty and skill that Kipling is famous forThe book tells the story of two orphans Dick and Maisie who form a naive childhood relationship while under foster care before going out into the world Dick goes abroad and to war and Maisie goes to France for her education The book skips forward about ten years and we find Dick a talented artist who is injured in combat and sent home to London There in a chance meeting he finds Maisie again who has grown into a beautiful young woman with the same airy charm he remembers and he renews his love for her They are both artists and he instructs her in a competitive way but his unreuited love for her tortures the relationship Then to his horror and disbelief Dick finds himself going blind from an old wound and must deal with the repercussionsThe primary attraction is the beautiful prose Kipling is best known for his command of the English language simultaneously making us snort with laughter and ponder what it means turning us to and fro with uick but thoughtful words Few other authors show his sense of humor in tandem with heavier thoughts The Light That Failed is definitely of a different breed than his other works but it is not out of character nor his styleThat being said the symbolism is thick here The concept of Dick being essentially castrated and removed from life by the old wounds of war is something that translated to today's soldiers PTSD anyone? and Kipling's distaste for Britain's foreign involvements is clear Of course he takes a good natured English stab at the French by his descriptions of the ridiculous art instructor Kami but the serious current of concern runs beneath Distance separates Dick from everything he loves and even when he tries to go back nothing is the same ever again after being exposed to the worldThe title is twofold both literal for his blindness and for disappointed hopesBeware this book is a tearjerker in some places Kipling holds no details back when going down the disappointed hopes vein He clearly believes that our efforts no matter how much talent or time backs them can still result in nothing when faced by the whims of the world This fits perfectly in line with the sentiment of the time— the fin de siecle era was full of decadent and disenchanted modernist writers— but it is nonetheless upsetting to those who are looking for hope In particular the scene where Maisie finally visits Dick after his blindness completely takes over is moving Kipling uses the full power of detached observance and vivid adjectives to convey how pathetically we can decline when struck by powers that we cannot understandIn line with one of my other absolute favorite books Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis The Light That Failed has been passed over with time That's terrible unfortunate because I would contend that this is a landmark in the modernist movement and one of the better novels I have read from that era Brief poignant and deeply felt Kipling has given us a moment in time that we've all felt something is irretrievably lostBecause it's not popular this novel is available for as little as 399 on the Kindle or 941 in paperback from Or believe it or not it's cheaper on the Barnes Noble Nook for 199 Your library is likely to have a copy because it's been 113 years since this book first appeared but I would highly recommend buying yourself a copy This book will not take you a long time to read but I suspect it will hang around in your thoughts for uite some time after

  7. says:

    I assumed I wouldn't like this just another boring over written 19th century novel It was in a faded red cloth bound one volume collection of Kipling's works published by Black's Readers Service in 1928 The book was on a shelf next to the cot in the room I was staying at I had nothing else to read and I had time with nothing to do so I began reading and before I knew it I was utterly drawn into the story the world and the life it depicted It was not boring and certainly not over writtenIn fact the writing was direct and vivid Setting a scene A thin grey fog hung over the city and the streets were very cold for summer was in EnglandPortraying a character's mood and attitude I have my own matches and sulfur and I'll make my own hell Describing a picture Your paintings smell of tobacco and blood Can't you do anything except soldiers?Depicting the smoke from black powder cartridge firing rifles during a skirmish Gradually the scattered white cloudlets drew out into long lines of banked white that hung heavily in the stillness of the dawn before they turned over wave like and glided into the valleysGeorge Orwell once called Kipling a good second rate author I beg to differ He is certainly good but there is nothing second rate about himOne thing I like about reading novels from past centuries is how they sometimes reveal in casual unintended ways what it was like to be alive then In one scene in Light for example Kipling is describing the emotional disorientation of the protagonist as he copes with going blind and he writes there are noises under the sea and sounds overhead in a clear sky That is effective description but it made me think that it was effective in 1890 than today today we hear sounds in a clear sky all the time; in fact sometimes the clear sky can be intolerably noisy And we know if we haven't heard ourselves that the sea is full of noisy marine life not to mention the throb of ship propellersBut in Kipling's time the only sound to come from the sky was thunder ships sailed the sea under canvass silently and what was below was unknownGood story well written thought provoking grim and sad

  8. says:

    Really boring and long The main character Dick is unbearable and the rest of the characters dull and plain A failure reading

  9. says:

    I brought this book along with me to China because my daughter needed a procedure done because she has some problems with her optic nerve and we were going to have a lot of time in the hospitalI got it on a whim I love Kipling's poetry and some of his other work When I got back to my house after buying the book at a bargain books store I read about it on goodreads and found out that it's about a man who slowly goes blind I thought it was very fitting that I read about a man slowly going blind as I was watching my daughter slowly recover from blindness It was also very interesting that his problem was with his optic nerve and so was my daughters Karmic So people knew what optic nerve atrophy was back in 1890 and have only very recently made strides in correcting itI thought the book itself wasn't that great It was rather disjointed and didn't flow The characters were fine but I expected from Kipling I think the only reason this is a classic is because it's by him As soon as a person has one of his books become a classic most of the rest are then classics as well by default

  10. says:

    This is an elegiac novel about talented young man seemingly destined for great things whom fate suddenly deals a number of crushing blows While Kipling is typically thought of as being a booster of the Imperial enterprise there is little rejoicing in The Light that Failed about Britain's success as a colonial power The hero in this novel dies a miserable death far from England in a nasty corner of the glorious Empire In this regard the book is very Conradian It is tremendously downbeat but very intelligent

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