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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Underrated masterpiece

Ok, we all know that he was a colonialist and at times bordered on bigotry, but this book is Rudyard Kipling's best and it is an absolute masterpiece. It's the ultimate tale of an Englishman gone native: James Bond meets Siddhartha. Kipling's identification wi...
Ok, we all know that he was a colonialist and at times bordered on bigotry, but this book is Rudyard Kipling's best and it is an absolute masterpiece. It's the ultimate tale of an Englishman gone native: James Bond meets Siddhartha. Kipling's identification with Kim, his young protagonist, is complete. This is the work of a man passionately in love with India, and in possession of extraordinary powers of observation and description.

posted by Anonymous on March 16, 2005

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

had to discard

print too small--lines too long--unreadable

posted by americanirish on September 24, 2011

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    An entertaining and Touching book

    One of the most beautiful tales of friendship I have ever read, Kim is much more. Rudyard Kipling created in Kim a novel in the mold of the classic heroic journey that has a pedigree reaching back to Gilgamesh and the Odyssey. With Kim, a young white boy, sahib, at it's center and his friend and mentor the Lama, we see the world of India in the nineteenth century as it is ruled by Great Britain. Kipling raises questions of identity (Who is Kim?), culture, spirituality and the nature of fate. Most of all he depicts the growth of a young man through his quest to find his destiny and the bond that develops between Kim as 'chela' or disciple and his Lama. The greatness of this novel lies in Kipling's ability to combine all of these themes with a natural style that conveys the richness both of the lives of Kim and his friends and the fecundity of life in India. One of the most enduring images for me was the close tie Kim has with the land itself. This is shown several times throughout the novel culminating in his final renewal when stretched out on the earth near the end of the novel. The epic quest is successful as this novel unfolds a positive and uplifting narrative.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    More relevant now than ever

    Kipling has become, in these post-colonial days, the man you love to hate. Yet few have equaled Kipling¿s story of an Indian beggar boy whose experience in the heyday of the British raj forces him into personal transformation that entirely illuminates the impact of colonialism on a subject people. The novel, owing to the strength of its narrative and its fatally believable realism, hovers on the dark side of modern consciousness, as does much of Kipling. The writer who invented the phrase ¿The White Man¿s Burden¿ is someone many people would like to forget. But one testimony to the ongoing power of Kim is the recent novel The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru, a descant on Kipling¿s narrative of the problem of identity in British India. The fact that an Indian author borrows Kipling¿s idea and shapes a story on Kiplingesque lines is simply testimony to the ongoing authority of this classic.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    Brilliant Novel, Racist Author

    Kim is an exceptional piece of literature relating to imperialistic India. Kipling's use of Indian diction, especially with the lama. The novel is a truthful depiction pertaining to the confusion of race, religion, and imperial expansion. The author, Rudyard Kipling, however, was an absolute racist, which almost makes one want to hurl the book against a wall instead of reading it. Kipling coined the despicable term 'white man's burden', which related to the need for expansion in order to 'civilize' the 'savage' man in the East. I love the novel, but loathe its creator.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

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    Solid thriller

    By modern standards this is a pretty tame spy novel, but it's still full of intrigue, interspersed with spiritualism and a lot of Indian culture. A journey of self as much as a look into the life of a boy trying to fit into two societies he's only half a part of.

    Kipling's writing is also very dense, a lot of action, thoughts, and ideas are put into every sentence. An excellent read, highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Recommended

    I enjoyed reading this book. I am currently reading a list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century and it was one of the most interesting books from the list that I've read thus far.

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