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Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white--a poor white of the very poorest.From his father and the woman who raised him, Kim has come to believe that a great destiny awaits him. The details, however, are a bit fuzzy, consisting as they do of the woman's addled prophecies of "'a great Red Bull on a green field, and the Colonel riding on his tall horse, yes, and'--dropping into English--'nine hundred devils.'"
In the meantime, Kim amuses himself with intrigues, executing "commissions by night on the crowded housetops for sleek and shiny young men of fashion." His peculiar heritage as a white child gone native, combined with his "love of the game for its own sake," makes him uniquely suited for a bigger game. And when, at last, the long-awaited colonel comes along, Kim is recruited as a spy in Britain's struggle to maintain its colonial grip on India. Kipling was, first and foremost, a man of his time; born and raised in India in the 19th century, he was a fervid supporter of the Raj. Nevertheless, his portrait of India and its people is remarkably sympathetic. Yes, there is the stereotypical Westernized Indian Babu Huree Chander with his atrocious English, but there is also Kim's friend and mentor, the Afghani horse trader Mahub Ali, and the gentle Tibetan lama with whom Kim travels along the Grand Trunk Road. The humanity of his characters consistently belies Kipling's private prejudices, and raises Kim above the mere ripping good yarn to the level of a timeless classic. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This wonderful adventure story gives a vivid view of 19th Century India under British rule.
The language is beautiful, the characters memorable, the plot excellent, and the whole story conjures up the romance of a bygone era.
At the end of the day, 'Kim' is quite a good adventure tale and a book that really need to read for yourself.
. Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 in India, in Bombay; but at five years old he was sent to live in a boarding house for the children of colonials, in Southsea in Portsmouth. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Glenn J. Shea
quick service good price great writing i didn't get every referencePublished 1 month ago by bojangleshiker
The novel is a classic, this edition leaves a bit to be desired. For the price I suppose I shouldn't complain, but the pages are very thin and rough. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay Mey
I Re-read Kim in parallel with Hopkirk's "Quest for Kim". I recommend this as a way of learning to story. The prose is often stunning.Published 1 month ago by Tony
Great book. A little slow at the start, but then I was "grabbed".Published 1 month ago by Informed Citizen Barbara
Maybe it's because I'm a Yank but I don't understand why this book is a classic. It finally started getting just moderately interesting half-way through and finally I finished it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danver Mishtannoc
Outstanding! Beautiful edition. I wish I had a hard copy edition! Absolutely fabulous.Published 2 months ago by Margaret Emblom