KIM

KIM

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'Kim told the older children tales of the size and beauty of Lahore, of railway travel, and such-like city things, while the men talked, slowly as the cattle chew the cud' A boy, growing into manhood, and an old ascetic priest are on a quest. Kim was born and raised in India and plays with the slum children as he lives on the streets, but he is white, a sahib, and wants to play the Great Game of Imperialism, while the priest must find redemption from the Wheel of Life. Kim (1901) celebrates their friendship and their journeys in a beautiful but hostile environment, capturing the opulence of the exotic landscape and the uneasy presence of the British Raj. Filled with rich description and vivid characters, this beguiling coming of age story is considered to be Kipling's masterpiece. Part of a series of new editions of Kipling's works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains a General Preface by Jan Montefiore and an introduction by Harish Trivedi placing the novel in its literary and social context. Edited with an introduction by HARISH TRIVEDI Series Editor JAN MONTEFIORE
Publisher: London, England : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780141442372
0141442379

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Matthew412
Mar 23, 2019

Unfortunately the writing style and old vernacular detracted from the enjoyment of the story. I just couldn't get comfortable with this style, and as a result lost much of the value of insight into India at the turn of the last century. A pity.

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KhalilNouri
Dec 22, 2018

Read in private when time allows

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 12, 2018

The old standbys are always the best.

johngolden Jul 27, 2017

Kim was evocative of the Raj, with its Hindi and other foreign words adding spice. Noble theme of equality and adventure and good plot. However, kind of a slog with many boring passages of description and travel.

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7626dee
Feb 03, 2016

A great book by a great writer. I first read it 70 years ago and I think I enjoyed it just as much this time around. A classic coming of age story in the most exotic setting possible, Slum Dog Millionaire with a lot more class. I hope someday they will try again to make another movie following the book as closely as possible.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 04, 2014

Kipling only wrote three novels, of which "Captains Courageous" is the most popular and "Kim" is the most acclaimed, earning a coveted spot on the Modern Library's best novels of the 20th century (# 78 with a bullet!). Kipling is problematic for the modern reader and even those who haven't read him probably know the despicable and oft quoted "White Man's Burden." To be fair, he was expressing a common sentiment, shared by no less than President T. Roosevelt. Yet there is more than a whiff of imperialism and the fading glory of the English empire around his books that the American reader may find hard to take. "Kim" is good and he works hard to understand and appreciate the India setting (Kipling was born there), as well as the "Great Game," but it's an old fashioned book that doesn't really deserve its spot on the best novels list. Made into a film with Errol Flynn. Fun fact: When Kipling married, Henry James gave away the bride. Apocryphal story: At the reception, James was overheard mumbling "White man's burden? Try inventing the 20th century novel jerk."

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librarychik
Jun 01, 2008

One of my favourite childhood reads. I wanted to be Kim

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