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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Mik Publishing (October 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161382498X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613824986
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our age, so steeped in political correctness, has consigned Rudyard Kipling to the back bench among great authors in the English language. A firm believer in the British Empire and its unique form of imperialism, he is undeservedly less read than when I was in school, before people were taught what to think rather than how to think. His greatest book Kim, is a remarkable, complicated story of a young, highly intelligent orphan, found living in the streets of the Indian Empire, in a place now a part of Pakistan.

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.
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