Kim Kim question

The motivation of Kipling in writing Kim
A.R. Simmons A.R. Aug 25, 2013 05:05AM
It seems clearly to be an allegory. I'll let it go at that for now. Thoughts?

deleted member Aug 26, 2013 04:15PM   0 votes
An allegory for what?

Did you find an allegory? I think Kim was a declaration of love to India on one hand and a way of explaining the true beauty, diversity and inner workings of India's people to his more colonial minded fellows, who saw nothing but barbarians and heathens. That is also why Kim has European parents, but lives as all sorts of people, to show how one is not born into a race, but that behaviour is learned and can in fact be learned by anyone, and maybe should be learned and understood by the colonialists of a country.

Jane Mackay Beautifully expressed. That's what came through to me, too. Which makes this book even more striking in comparison to Kim's short stories set in India ...more
Dec 31, 2014 11:32PM · flag
Jane Mackay Whoops *Kipling's ! ...more
Dec 31, 2014 11:33PM · flag

Author Bruce Wagner was quoted in The Week (Dec. 27, 2013) as saying that "In many ways, for me, this is the perfect novel" and describing it as being about "the student/guru relationship fused with the picaresque adventure story." That doesn't directly respond to the question of whether there's an allegory, but just thought I'd share this interpretation in case it is useful to anyone. (Personally I did not understand the book at all, so I can't be of further use.)

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