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( Read E-pub ) Õ The Light That Failed ó In 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 for Maisie in his st novel, The Light That Failed, initially published inin 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 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 front So, as I dislike reviews that attempt to provide a plot synopsis, I shan t go into one what is important, however, is how evocative and affecting the book is And, man, Kipling continues to write well Of course, this is not one of hiswell known works, but it is poignant, well envisioned, and sad. I enjoyed this one, though not quite as much as Kim The characters are very intriguing and some of the themes it deals with, especially around unrequited 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 quite live up to the rest of the book. 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 Park.Arriving, 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 Kipli 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 Park.Arriving, 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 States.Except 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 choice.The Light That Failed was completely unknown to me A quick 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 read.I 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 protagonist.I may have finished the book over the course of one night, perhaps two It was hard to put down 19 AUG 2014 recommended to me by Cheryl, Dagny, and Karen while reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W 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 H 19 AUG 2014 recommended to me by Cheryl, Dagny, and Karen while reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W 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 revolver.Andto 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 withquestions 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