Paperback - 1989
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Filled with lyrical, exotic prose and nostalgia for Rudyard Kipling's native India, "Kim" is widely acknowledged as the author's greatest novel and a key element in his winning the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the tale of an orphaned sahib and the burdensome fate that awaits him when he is unwittingly dragged into the Great Game of Imperialism. During his many adventures, he befriends a sage old Tibetan lama who transforms his life. As Pankaj Mishra asserts in his Introduction, "To read the novel now is to notice the melancholy wisdom that accompanies the native boy's journey through a broad and open road to the narrow duties of the white man's world: how the deeper Buddhist idea of the illusion of the self, of time and space, makes bearable for him the anguish of abandoning his childhood."
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 1989.
ISBN: 9780140183528
Characteristics: 365 p. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Said, Edward W.


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May 23, 2020

The protagonist of this novel - like the author - is an English boy raised as a native of India. Kipling tells this story with the thoughtful prose he's loved for, weaving a rich tapestry of the Indian cities and countryside the boy encounters on his travels. In the end, KIM (Airmont Publishing Co., .50) is more than a story about a boy and adventure; it is a dynamic achievement in East-West relations.

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.

Dec 22, 2018

Read in private when time allows

Jan 12, 2018

The old standbys are always the best.

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.

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."

Jun 01, 2008

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


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May 23, 2020

KIM, by Rudyard Kipling is a phenomenal story set in India. Centered around the travels of a young boy raised in colonized India, it's all the adventure, a trace of the politics, and none of the pomp of the author's literary contemporaries. Kipling's achievement lies in capturing the world as seen through the eyes of the young protagonist. For those who've found THE JUNGLE BOOK inaccessible, an excellent read awaits you in KIM.


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May 23, 2020

Kipling's achievement lies in capturing the world as seen through the eyes of [KIM's] young protagonist.


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