I had to study this book for O-levels donkey’s years ago. Without doubt it is imperialist through and through. However, I feel it was powerfully written and gave a magnificent insight to Indian cultures and the Great Game. I feel it was educative and in recent years I enjoy Kipling’s poetry.
Reviews From the Archive
An occasional series, cross-posting my reviews from Read the Nobels.
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Kim by Rudyard Kipling, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1907
1st November, 2003
I enjoyed this. It’s one of those classic books I always meant to read, one that’s part of my British heritage which is known around the world because of Kipling’s influence on the scouting movement.
Kim is a boy enlisted by chance to work for the British Secret Service in India. He is orphaned by a sick mother and a feckless Irish father in service in India, and he lives in the streets. One day he is captured by the British, who find his ID papers in a scapula around his neck – and they send him off to school. A certain Commander recognises his potential as an…
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