Sunday, 4 August 2013

KIM – Rudyard Kipling, 1901

I heard this book discussed on the radio the other evening and gather that it is loved by many by hated by some; hated because of the vision of British India which it portrays so well. But it also paints a broader picture, capturing the whole of the subcontinent and its various inhabitants. It is a masterpiece. As Kim grows from boy to man he learns to understand the whims and whiles of all humanity and finally understands his place among it all. The range of the plotting is tremendous: importance placed on begging for a meal equal with the espionage of The Great Game. Everyone is searching but only a few find what they are looking for, and fewer again are content when they do.

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