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Kim Paperback – October 10, 2015
The Daughter of Union County
To save his heritage, he hides his daughter’s true identity—but he can’t protect her forever. Learn More
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So versed in the various cultures of India that he is not recognized as being the son of an Irish Army Officer, Kim belongs to no one.Rather, he is part of the landscape itself, and all that surrounds it, the sights, the sounds and the feelings of an unusual land. He is a part of many things. There is the uneasy relationship between the natives and the English. There is the personal adventure of maturing in mind, body and especially spirit through the search for a river of holiness, and a sense of belonging through his relationship with a Tibetan lama. Kipling himself knew about abandonment as he suffered it as a young man, and undoubtedly could not have written the same book without his own personal experiences being in his mind.
It is also a story about the use of espionage, as the British are at odds with the Russian Empire of the late 19th Century, their competition over Central Asia. On that score, I once read that Charles McCarry, who spent years as a deep cover agent before becoming the author of the wonderful Paul Christopher spy novels,was told upon entering the CIA, to read Kim, which he did to his benefit.Read more ›