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Overview

Kim is, in fact and upon the surface, but an insignificant fragment of human history; a bit out of the biography of a little vagabond of Irish parentage, orphaned when a baby, and left to shift for himself in infinite India. But the subtlety of the East and the "faculty" of the West are blended in this terroe filius, this tricksy foundling of earth's oldest earth. His adventures are many and enthralling. He joins himself, as scout and general provider,-incidentally, also, as chela or disciple-to a saintly old lama from Tibet, "bound to the Wheel of Things," and roaming India in search of the Stream of Immortality. The pious people of the country are permitted to "acquire merit" by feeding and lodging these two, between whom there grows up an odd but very beautiful affection.
-Review in The Atlantic, Dec. 1901

"Everything Kipling wrote, even to a farcical extravaganza inspired by his enthusiasm for the motorcar, breathed the meteoric energy that was the nature of the man. A vigorous and unconventional poet, a pioneer in the modern phase of literary Imperialism, and one of the rare masters in English prose of the art of the short story, Mr. Kipling had already by the opening of the 20th century won the most conspicuous place among the creative literary forces of his day. His position in English literature was recognized in 1907 by the award to him of the Nobel prize."
-Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944616083
Publisher: Broken Column Press
Publication date: 03/09/2017
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1930) nació en Bombay, India. A los seis años fue enviado a estudiar a Inglaterra y en 1882 regresó a la India, donde trabajó para la Civil and Military Gazette de Lahore, hasta 1889, en calidad de editor. De su obra narrativa cabe destacar La luz que se apaga (1891), El libro de la selva (1894), Capitanes intrépidos (1897), Stalky & Cia. (1899) y Kim (1901). También es notable su obra poética, con títulos como Baladas del cuartel (1892) y Las cinco naciones (1903). Viajó por Asia y Estados Unidos, donde se casó con Caroline Balestier y vivió un tiempo en Vermont. En 1903 se estableció en Inglaterra y en 1907 le fue concedido el Premio Nobel de literatura. Kipling fue uno de los autores más populares y respetados de su época, uno de los grandes escritores del crepúsculo victoriano.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Rudyard Kipling: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Kim

Appendix A: The Writing of Kim

  1. From Rudyard Kipling, Something of Myself (1937)
  2. Rudyard Kipling, “Lispeth” (1890)
  3. From Rudyard Kipling, “Kim o’ the ’Rishti”

Appendix B: Contemporary Responses to Kim

  1. From Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (December 1901)
  2. From George Moore, “Avowals V: Kipling and Loti,” Pall Mall Magazine (July 1904)
  3. From Dixon Scott, “Rudyard Kipling,” Bookman (December 1912)
  4. From Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys (1910)

Appendix C: The Great Game and the Survey of India

  1. From the Correspondence of Arthur Conolly (1889)
  2. From G.B. Malleson, The Russo-Afghan Question and the Invasion of India (1885)
  3. From Archibald R. Colquhoun, Russia against India: The Struggle for Asia (1900)
  4. From Charles E.D. Black, A Memoir on the Indian Surveys, 1875-1890 (1891)

Appendix D: Colonizers and Colonized

  1. From Evelyn Baring, Earl of Cromer, Modern Egypt (1908)
  2. From Archibald R. Colquhoun, Russia against India: The Struggle for Asia (1900)
  3. From F. Anstey, Baboo Jabberjee B.A. (1897)
  4. From T.B. Macaulay, “The Necessity of English Education” (1835)

Appendix E: Buddhism in Victorian Britain

  1. From William Wilson Hunter, The Indian Empire (1882)
  2. Rudyard Kipling, “Buddha at Kamakura” (1892)
  3. From Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia (1908)

Works Cited / Recommended Reading

Reading Group Guide

1. For decades many critics have shown great disdain for Kipling, equating his work with the idea that British imperialism was a righteous and justified act. Is this assessment fair? Was Kipling simply writing what he knew or structuring his literature on his political beliefs?

2. As Kim moves from the intellectual world of school to the spiritual world he finds with the lama later in the story, he continually questions who he is. Is this questioning simply that of a young orphan or does it hint at larger political unease?

3. What is the purpose of the prophecy Kim brings to the soldiers?

4. Is it surprising, given Kim’s spirituality, that he joins the Secret Service? How does he reconcile his two separate lives?

5. In a 1943 essay, critic Edmund Wilson referred to the ending of Kim as a “betrayal” of the relationship of the old man and the young Kim, which made the book more literary than a mere adventure story. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

6. In her article “Adolescence, Imperialism, and Identity in Kim and Pegasus in Flight,” Nicole Didicher says, “Adults writing for adolescents inevitably use imperialist discourse to influence their readers’ maturation. Kipling . . . uses an existing imperialist society to present the protagonist’s establishment of his psychosocial identity.” Do you agree that all adult writers “inevitably” use imperialist discourse to reach their adolescent audiences? Did Kipling use imperialist India because that is what he knew, or was he simply entertaining a young audience?

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