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Kim (1901)

by Rudyard Kipling

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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."… (more)
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    Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (John_Vaughan)
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    Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game by Peter Hopkirk (DuncanHill)
    DuncanHill: Hopkirk follows Kim's travels across India, exploring the places and the historical events and people which inspired Kipling.
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    The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: I think that Ash in Far Pavillions was based partly on Kim. Both books deal with the ambivalence between cultures of those who were brought up in a different culture to the one they belonged to by birth and later education. Both are also great adventure stories that take place during the British Raj in India. The big difference being that Kim only deals with childhood, but Ash has to go on to life as an adult.… (more)
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    Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Another orphan meets a helpful older man with a mission
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Orphaned kid with plenty of street-smarts embarks on a dangerous journey interwoven with high-stakes matters from the adult world (Slavery/Russo-British Espionage).
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    About a Boy by Nick Hornby (melmore)
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    Carnets du Yoga n° 1 - Janvier 1979 by Gérard Blitz (Joop-le-philosophe)
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    The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: More spying and skulduggery
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    Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (Gregorio_Roth)
    Gregorio_Roth: The book is a modern interpretation of KIM in a number of ways. I think it will complete your point of view on Imperialism and India.
  10. 12
    The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch (thorold)
    thorold: Two books that demonstrate that it's possible to use a Buddhist holy man to power the plot of a complex modern novel without getting all mystical and Hermann Hesse.
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    Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these books feature cunning, clever spies who speak several languages and can pass for several different nationalities - they are also both great adventures.
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fiction (classic lit). intrigue/spy adventure told via long descriptive passages and circular storytelling (to the point where I wondered constantly who was being talked about and where the story was going). Overall it was ok but I didn't have long blocks of time to concentrate on the story and it was very tough to follow in little chunks. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
The 1963 (not 1979) edition of Kipling's 1901 excellent adventure of a boy and his lama (Tibetan holy man). ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
This book is probably Kipling's most problematic - though Stalky & Co. comes close. It's also Kipling's most eloquent work, and the perfect example of how a sexist, racist, imperialist can show love for those they consider utterly beneath them.

I try to re-read it every couple of years for the words - and the reminder that sweet *censored* pants, humans are utterly terrifying in their capacity to demean and diminish those they have the slightest iota of power over. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Grew up with this book. Hard to see it with an adult eye. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Rudyard Kipling's "Kim: 1901 (the first) edition, illustrated" is remarkable for the beauty of detail rendered in the bas-relief illustrations included in the kindle version. Usually, in my experience, illustrations, photos, maps do not add to the worth of kindle e-books (as read on a paper-white). In this case, however, the prints by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling add beauty and detail to this classic novel.
In addition to providing the illustrations, Kipling's father also provided a character for the novel: that of the curator of the old original Lahore Museum which figured as the Wonder House or Ajaib Ghar, a post the elder Kipling once held. The curator, though nameless, is not inconsequential as he receives the iron pen-case from Kim's companion, a Tibetan lama whom Kim has taken responsibility for, and the pen-case touches upon the dénouement.
Kim is a self-reliant, street-wise boy when he sets out with the old lama as his chela (disciple). The lama searches for a mystical stream that "whoso bathes in it washes away all taint and speckle of sin." Kim has his own search - for a red bull on a green field.
Kim becomes entangled in colonial espionage when he meets Colonel Creighton of the Ethnological Survey, Mahbub Ali, a Mohamad horse trader, and Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, a Bengali man of letters. The novel is a tale of the adventures that follow, but the book is so much more than an adventure - it also depicts a spiritual search and struggle and the power of the bonds of universal brotherhood.
  RonWelton | Dec 19, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kipling, Rudyardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Biseo, CesareCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carrington, Charles EdmundIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, MortonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooper, SusanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dastor, SamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilton, MargaretNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacques, RobinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kipling, John LockwoodIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyers, JeffreyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Millar, H. R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mishra, PankajIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rolland, VéroniqueCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Said, Edward W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sandison, AlanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, RenatoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharma, MadhavNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vincenzi, FioraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weeks, Edwin LordCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Oh ye who tread the Narrow Way

By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day,

Be gentle when the heathen pray

To Buddha at Kamakura!
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He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum.
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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."

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141332506, 0141442379, 0141199970

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