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Set in the days of the British Raj, Rudyard Kipling’s finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrolls in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance. A thrilling climax in the Himalayas occurs when the two quests become entangled. Kim’s search for identity is staged within one of the most magnificent and affectionate portrayals of Indian culture in literature.

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ISBN-13: 9781094016160
Publisher: Naxos
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,275,263
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India, although educated in England. He was a prolific writer and recognized as a genius. In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His many books for children includeJust So Stories and Kim.

Madhav Sharma made his professional acting debut with the Shakespearean International Company, touring such places as India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sarawak, North Borneo, and Hong Kong. He works extensively on stage, screen, and radio in the UK where he now resides.

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Chapter I

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Table of Contents

Rudyard Kipling: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


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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