Kim (Collins Classics) [NOOK Book]

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HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics.‘“I am Kim. I am Kim. And what is Kim?” His soul repeated it again and again.’Set against the backdrop of Britain and Russia’s political struggle in central Asia, Kim, the son of a drunken Irish soldier grows up as a street-wise orphan in the city of Lahore. Upon befriending an aged Tibetan Lama, the playful and spirited Kim journeys with him across India, experiencing the exotic culture, religion and people of the subcontinent.On their...
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Kim (Collins Classics)

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HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics.‘“I am Kim. I am Kim. And what is Kim?” His soul repeated it again and again.’Set against the backdrop of Britain and Russia’s political struggle in central Asia, Kim, the son of a drunken Irish soldier grows up as a street-wise orphan in the city of Lahore. Upon befriending an aged Tibetan Lama, the playful and spirited Kim journeys with him across India, experiencing the exotic culture, religion and people of the subcontinent.On their travels they come across Kim’s father’s old army regiment. The Colonel quickly spots Kim’s ability to blend into his surroundings and trains him to become a spy for the British Army. As his adventures take him further into the world of secret agents and political intrigue, Kim is torn between his spiritual self and the expectations of his British compatriots. In this exotic tale of mystery, friendship and struggle, Kipling gives a fascinating insight into the British Raj and the volatile age of Imperialism in India.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007424542
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Collins Classics
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 265,722
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    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 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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    had to discard

    print too small--lines too long--unreadable

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    I Love Kim!!

    I love Kim!! It is the most amazing book and it touches you. Kim my grandfather wanted me to read it and I have to say I was a little sceptical at first , but it turned out to be asdonding. YOU must read this book and watch the movie with Errol Flynn!! Its is simaler to the book in some was. I am 11 and I love Kim and Rudyard Kiplings books.I would recommend this to someone. I have to my friend Caroline. I also recommed Kim the movie with Errol Flynn it is the best of them all.

    1 out of 2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    why do u ppl put stuff on this about removing clothes and weddings?

    Why do you ppl put stories about yourself and another person about removing clothes, sex, kissing and weddings?! You guys have some PROBLEMS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Sdf

    Sdfg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Riolu

    *he smiles* i made a good choice with you. *he strokes her hair*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Riolu

    It's okay. Same here though. But i will be here if you want to come back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Dani

    She says Ok and pushes u roughly onto a wooden chair after slapping her ra.pist. She dances expertly in front of him eventually removing her cloth dropping it in his lap. She sits down naked with one leg on either side facing u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Dani

    Gets down and drinks it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Riolu

    *he unties her wrists and sits in a chair. He takes off his shirt. He has a tan body and a six pack* give me a lap dance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Kass

    Well..with my wedding coming up and micahs has his early graduation comin up so yaa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Boring.

    Lots of talk and no action.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Fun Novel

    I always thought of Rudyard Kipling as a stuffy British colonial writer. I had no clue he spent many of his formative years in India. His first language was Hindi. This book is a tribute to his upbringing. This book has many references which I was not familiar with, but the notes in this edition really did add some value to my reading experience. If you are a fan of road stories, or coming of age tales then you will definitely enjoy this novel.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Wirth Worth the time to read

    Even as an avid reader, I struggled at times with this book. That being said, I'm so glad that I didn't give up before finishing. I learned a lot from Kipling's "Kim."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Hated it

    I was forced to read this 4 times at school and hated it each and every time. I guess it's just not my style. Never again!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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