Kim

Kim

Paperback - 2011
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Rudyard Kipling's epic rendition of the imperial experience in India is also his greatest long work. Born in India and growing into early manhood, Kim is the son of an Irish soldier born under British Imperial rule in 19th century India. Left in the care of a half-caste woman, Kim is free to explore the back allies and bazaars of Lahore. But when he meets with his father's old regiment he trades his native clothes for European suits and abandons his free wheeling life for the trappings of a secret agent. He wants to play the "great game' of imperialism. He is also spiritually bound to the lama, an old ascetic priest. As the two men become fired by a quest that takes them across the country, Kim tries to reconcile these opposing impulses. A celebration of their friendship in an often hostile environment, Kim captures at once the opulence of India's exotic landscape and the uneasy presence of the British Raj.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780141442372
0141442379
Characteristics: liii, 377 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Trivedi, Harish

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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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