Kim

Kim

Large Print - 2012
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India, in the late nineteenth century. In Lahore, Kim is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier and nursemaid, who have both died in poverty. Kim begs in the streets, occasionally working for a horse trader, who is one of the native operatives of the British secret service. Few people realise that Kim is white, and that he carries on him documents from his father. Kim befriends an aged Tibetan Lama and becomes his disciple...and so begins his journey. An adventure both spiritual and educational, which leads also to espionage.
Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781444810301
1444810308
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION KIPLING 2012
Characteristics: 504 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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7626dee
Feb 03, 2016

A great book by a great writer. I first read it 70 years ago and I think I enjoyed it just as much this time around. A classic coming of age story in the most exotic setting possible, Slum Dog Millionaire with a lot more class. I hope someday they will try again to make another movie following the book as closely as possible.

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nancyon59
Jul 16, 2015

No. 1 on The Guardian's Top ten books about spies

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lukasevansherman
Oct 04, 2014

Kipling only wrote three novels, of which "Captains Courageous" is the most popular and "Kim" is the most acclaimed, earning a coveted spot on the Modern Library's best novels of the 20th century (# 78 with a bullet!). Kipling is problematic for the modern reader and even those who haven't read him probably know the despicable and oft quoted "White Man's Burden." To be fair, he was expressing a common sentiment, shared by no less than President T. Roosevelt. Yet there is more than a whiff of imperialism and the fading glory of the English empire around his books that the American reader may find hard to take. "Kim" is good and he works hard to understand and appreciate the India setting (Kipling was born there), as well as the "Great Game," but it's an old fashioned book that doesn't really deserve its spot on the best novels list. Made into a film with Errol Flynn. Fun fact: When Kipling married, Henry James gave away the bride. Apocryphal story: At the reception, James was overheard mumbling "White man's burden? Try inventing the 20th century novel jerk."

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librarychik
Jun 01, 2008

One of my favourite childhood reads. I wanted to be Kim

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Jun 23, 2014

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