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"Backgrounds" explores the novel's complicated issues of multiculturalism, imperialism, and racism, allowing readers to glimpse Kipling's personal thoughts about British expansionism. Included are two short stories, poems, and letters by Kipling, as well as autobiographical and biographical memoirs and contemporary reviews ofKim. "Criticism" collects fourteen wide-ranging ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published January 23rd 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published October 1901)
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Henry Avila
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kim , 13, a lonely, British orphan boy, born in India, his widowed father, was in Queen Victoria's army, but he died, a hopeless, pathetic, drunk. Kim's full name is Kimball O'Hara, the poorest of the poor, who lives mostly, in the slum streets of Lahore, the Punjab (now part of Pakistan). Sometimes the child, stays with an old Indian woman, addicted to opium, naturally, he prefers the outside, begging for money, trying to stay alive and surviving, day to day... Later meeting a strange Lama, fro ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Although somewhat drowned in Orientalist ideals and British colonialism, Kim is an exciting tale of espionage and adventure for kids of all ages 9 to 99. It is an exciting read. I just with that Kipling had been a little less bigoted towards the Empire. Nonetheless, probably the peak of his writing for children at least in terms of character and plot development and complexity.
Laurie
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim served as inspiration for my novel "The Game", the seventh entry in the Mary Russell series. Feel free to come and join in the discussion, even if you come across this after December has passed--the discussion will remain open indefinitely for new thoughts and comments. Click for more information about the Virtual Book Club

Oh, this is such a wonderful book. Coming-of-age tale and historical treatise; spy thriller and travel narrative; rousing adventure coupled with a sleek and subtle tale
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orsodimondo
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglese, india
IL RAGAZZO CHE NON VOLLE FARSI RE
Romanzo per ragazzi, e per adulti. Lettura per tutti.
Romanzo picaresco, quindi d’avventura, di viaggio.
Ma anche romanzo di spionaggio, racconto mistico, d’iniziazione…
Romanzo intriso di speranza, di fiducia nella possibilità, un inno alla gioia: è gioia leggerlo e gioia è quella che comunica e trasmette.

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Il suo nome completo è Kimball O’Hara: è l’orfano di un sergente irlandese che ha sposato in India la governante della famiglia di un colonnello inglese, sua ma
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Darwin8u
“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.”
― Rudyard Kipling, Kim

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This is one of those novels that I read and instantly regreted not reading earlier when I was a boy. I was able, however, to experience reading this with my two kids (one boy 12; one girl 11). It was perfect. I wandered into it expecting a well-written, more or less Empire-centric Colonial novel. It was way more than that. I get the whole Postcolonial Lit thing, but I'm not ready to abandon Kim to this debate or even t
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Michael
This coming of age tale had a lot of charm in many spots, but too often was a bit slow for my tastes. Kim O’Hara is a 12-year old orphan in Lahore in the 1850’s, child of an Irish soldier and Indian mother. Despite the loss of both parents he thrives well as a street urchin, always finding a way to make himself useful to community members or to engage sympathy from strangers and thus able to earn or beg his daily keep. His life opens up when he assists a Tibetan lama on a pilgrimage and joins hi ...more
James
While it is 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. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between ...more
Riku Sayuj
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It was all there in Kipling, barring the epilogue of the Indian inheritance. A journey to India was not really necessary. No writer was more honest or accurate; no writer was more revealing of himself and his society. He has left us Anglo-India; to people these relics of the Raj we have only to read him.

We find a people conscious of their roles, conscious of their power and separateness, yet at the same time fearful of expressing their delight at their situation: they are a
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Melissa
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know those books that you know from the very first page, you’re going to love it… this wasn’t that. You know those other books that start out slow and it takes you awhile, but soon you find yourself hooked? Nope, this was not one of those either.

In fact, I made it through the entire book without every really feeling invested in any way, shape or form. I persevered only because I started it a few months ago and gave it up, then restarted it, convinced I’d get through it. It’s one of Kipling’
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Apatt
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“We'd go down to the river
And into the river we'd dive
Oh down to the river we'd ride”


That’s Bruce Springsteen, not Rudyard Kipling. All the mentions of The River just reminds me of this song.

So Kim is all about the adventures of a young Irish boy, Kimball O'Hara, in British colonial India. Kim starts off as a Tom Sawyer-ish, or Bart Simpson-esq, little scamp. One day he encounters an elderly Tibetan Lama and volunteers to become his disciple in order to go adventuring on the monk’s pilgrimage
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Benjamin Duffy
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
One of the best books I've ever read, and one that I'm sure will stick with me for a long, long time. Not to say it's always an easy book. For one, it's pretty colonial-feeling, what with its fondness for dropping the n-word on anyone browner than an Englishman, its blithe references to sneaky, inconstant "orientals," and so forth - so much so that it's distracting and jarring in a few places. As a 21st century reader, it took me some mental effort to get past that casual matter-of-fact racist l ...more
Matt
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
It’s been a long time since I’ve graduated law school, a longer time for college, and a million years (give or take a year) since high school. That means it’s been a long time since I’ve been forced to read a particular book.

I’ve always loved to read. And I’ve always hated assigned reading. I’ve despised books I’d otherwise enjoy simply because I’m told to read it on a deadline and feel a particular intellectual response.

So, ever since my last diploma, I’ve been reading whatever I want. If you
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Kim
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Even though I share the name of the hero of this novel, I've chosen not to read it until now. There's more than one reason for this. The main reason is that I'm not naturally drawn to picaresque novels or to espionage novels, even though I've read my fair share of books from both genres. I've also had an instinctively negative reaction to Kipling because of my not terribly well-informed view of him as an apologist for British imperialism.

However, in the last few days I've started reading the se
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Chrissie
May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Kim
ETA: Ooops, I misspelled lama, using instead the spelling for the fuzzy animal sort, which IS spelled llama! ;0) Thanks Kim for telling me!

You CAN listen to a Librivox audiobook in the car. I have now discovered that you should click on the download buttons found next to each chapter visible in the Librivox app. You must click on all of them. If you don't click on each chapter's download button, you need wifi to listen when using the app. In the car you also must use an AUX jack. Leslie and Greg
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Jim Coughenour
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justforfun, classics
Not for the first time – I was lucky enough to overstep (almost by accident) some stray prejudice and discover how wrong I was. For most of my life Kipling has been the onerous author of "If" – a poem I was forced to recite as a boy and which still makes me shudder. Of course I've known of his other books, including Kim, which I regarded as surviving in a dubious space somewhere between Disney and Edward Said's condemned Orientalists. It was only after making my way through Peter Hopkirk's The G ...more
J.G. Keely
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I said of another classic adventure story of The Great Game, the East is a fantasy. This is not only true for writers like Mundy, who experienced it as an outsider, or Howard, who experienced it only through books--it's also true for those who, like Kipling, were born and raised there.

Indeed, many of our most cherished fantasies tend to relate to the place we were born--when we find ourselves defending it, or singing its praises. It's not that the details we give aren't true, it's that we hav
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Brian
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim, or Kimball O’ Hara, is a British boy who has grown up on the streets of Lahore at the height of British rule in India. He lives like a native Indian, speaks Hindi fluently and knows the city like the back of his hand. Immensely street-wise, he makes a living by carrying messages for all kinds of people including an Afghan horse-dealer called Mahbub Ali who is himself involved in espionage on behalf of the British government. Kim’s ability to be part of more than one community makes him a pe ...more
Jessica Prescott
THAT. WAS. FLIPPING. AWESOME.

Rtc. Hopefully.
Chris and Yuri
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris and Yuri by: Edward Said
"This is a great and terrible world. I never knew there were so many men alive in it."

This is one of those books at the center of the academic street fight known as postcolonial studies. On one hand, Rudyard Kipling was a great (and Nobel Prize-winning) writer; on the other hand, he was an unabashed cheerleader of British and American imperialism. I wanted to read Kim, in fact, because Edward Said had so much to say about it (both good and bad) in Culture and Imperialism.

Politics aside, though,
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Jason Pettus
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #51: Kim (1901), by Rudyard Kipling

The story in a nutshell:
Rudyard Kipling has taken a big hit in reputation since the rise of Postmodernism in the post-colonia
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Fred Shaw
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people the age of 20 or better have read Kim by Rudyard Kipling. I just finished the novel and already regret not having read it before. The story is a magnificent adventure of epic proportions crossing the continent of India into Tibet. Kim, 11, and an orphan, has the run of the streets in Lahore and has garnered respect of the good and bad. Early in the story Kim befriends a Holy One, Teshoo Lama, and becomes the Lama’s chela or servant. In search of Kim’s destiny and the Lamas Holy River ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Kipling is a controversial author these days, seen as an unapologetic imperialist booster of the British Empire and even racist. Yet Indian authors such as Arundhati Roy, V.S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie have found Kipling impressive and even influential. Kipling can be a wonderful storyteller. Rushdie has said Kipling's writing has "the power simultaneously to infuriate and to entrance."

I found that the case in both The Jungle Books and now Kim. And yes, you can see a, shall we say, very un-PC
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El
So let's just put on the back burner the fact that Kipling was a real a-hole in real life. He was, but I'm here to discuss his writing so that's what I'll do.

The title character, Kim, is not indeed Indian. That was the biggest preconceived notion I had. He was not Indian. He was the orphan son of an Irish soldier who had been stationed outside of India, and a poor woman. Kim lives a life similar to one as seen in the Disney version of Aladdin (now I'm really mixing things up) - begging, doing od
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Marco Tamborrino
"Chela, hast thou never a wish to leave me?"
"No," he said almost sternly. "I am not a dog or a snake to bite when I have learned to love".


Kim non è un romanzo semplice da definire. È prima di tutto una grandissima testimonianza dell'imperialismo britannico in India, e in secondo luogo una delle più belle storie di amicizia che abbia mai letto. Il senso del romanzo sta probabilmente nell'essere ibrido di Kim: il giovane protagonista non è né bianco né nero, né inglese né indiano. Kim racchiude
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Margaret
I decided that before reading Laurie R. King's The Game again, I should read Rudyard Kipling's Kim, as King calls The Game "a humble and profoundly felt homage" to Kim. Besides, I'd never read it, and it's one of those classics I felt I should get around to someday.

Kimball O'Hara is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier who was stationed in India; when his father died, Kim was raised by a half-caste woman and learned to live on the streets of Lahore. The story begins when Kim meets a Tibetan lam
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Mitticus
+Reto Popsugar 2016 - #33: Clásico del siglo XX+

Coming-of-age story about an irish orphan raised in Imperial India, a picaresque kind of novel of this 13 year old boy curious as a cat, full of wit, and adverse to school and work. Helping a lama because is something new, and playing a dangerous game is like Kipling paint this exotic land through his eyes.

—Los sahibs no disfrutan de los viajes —reflexionó—. ¡Hai mai!, voy de un sitio a otro como si fuera una pelota. Es mi kismet. Nadie puede escap
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Anne
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a bit of trouble focusing, especially at the beginning of the book because of the language style. It picked up around page 75 or so. The ending was a bit anticlimactic, but the book itself was fantastic and hilarious. I don't really understand how Kipling is portrayed today as an imperial jingoist - if anything, he has far more of a "people are people" approach than anyone I've read of his era and probably most contemporary writers. The gist of everything is that people are people and Indi ...more
Sara Jesus
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma obra que se passa na Índia, um povo de homens santos e sonhadores. Misturando a Índia imperial e lendária. O Oriente das cores quentes... Um país de várias raças e religiões. Uma cultura universal!

Rudyard Kipling depois de ter me encantada com "O livro da selva", transporta-me para este universo mágico em que narra a história de Kim. Um menino órfão, sem religião e amigo de todos. O acompanha um lama do Tibete, conduzindo Kim ao caminho da sabedoria.

Em simultâneo trava-se uma luta sangrent
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Rachel
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, tw-racism, classics
I read my textbooks by counting the number of pages in a given section - say cardiac pathology - and dividing them up by the number of days I have to read them. I did the same with Kim, which says it all really.

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Melissa McShane
It took me *years* to finally read this book. I blame the edition I have--one of those cheap Dell paperbacks produced in the '60s and reprinted dozens of times, the page edges dyed blue-green, with tiny print crammed into narrow lines. It's practically a cure for insomnia, and when you get to Kipling's lovingly detailed descriptions...but this time, I was researching India, and I had motivation.

Kipling's characterization is brilliant, and not limited to his young hero. I especially loved the gur
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in
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