Kim

Kim (Paperback)

By Rudyard Kipling , Harish Trivedi , Harish Trivedi 
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0141442379
EAN: 9780141442372
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 377
Publish Date: 2011-11-29
Binding: Paperback
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An epic rendition of the imperial experience in India, and perhaps his greatest long work, the Penguin Classics edition of Rudyard Kipling's Kim is edited with an introduction by Harish Trivedi, and includes a general preface by Jan Montefiore. Kim, orphaned son of an Irish soldier and a poor white mother, and the lama, 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 Things. Kim 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. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay. In 1882 he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches and poems - notably Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) - which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. His most famous works include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901) and the Just So Stories (1902). Kipling refused to accept the role of Poet Laureate and other civil honours, but he was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907. If you enjoyed Kim, you might like E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Kipling's last work is ... his best, and not easily comparable with the work of any other man' Atlantic
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Title: Kim
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Rudyard Kipling , Harish Trivedi , Harish Trivedi
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0141442379
EAN: 9780141442372
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 377
Publish Date: 2011-11-29
Binding: Paperback

Kim Review

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By Rajni Puri, 2008-08-05 16:15:11.0

In this book Rudyard Kipling gave us a better understanding of nineteenth century India under British rule, as well as the first modern spy. This book depicts Indian culture also but it cannot be taken as pure historical context. It was published in 1901. That does not mean that it is not a good read now. “Kim” is a unique story about Kim, a young European boy who lost his parents at the age of thirteen. His father was an Irish soldier. He is growing up on the streets of Indian city. Description of his life in India under British raj is described. The main part of the novel, however, Kim's relationship with the Red Lama, who is on a pilgrimage who is in search of a holy river which he thinks will wash his sins away. Kim acts as a guide for Lama on his quest. Along the way, he has a chance encounter with his deceased father's old army regiment and his identity is revealed. The army sends him to a prestigious English language Catholic school in the south and then Kim joins British spy team in the great game. He then rejoins the lama on his quest. The Great Game provides the backbone to the plot and action sequences. Kipling’s writing is effective and powerful. This book gives Kipling’s inside thoughts for India. Kim is much easier reading than the novels of many of Kipling's contemporaries. This is the best classic ever by Rudyard Kipling.

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