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Kim by Rudyard Kipling
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'Kim told the older children tales of the size and beauty of Lahore, of railway travel, and such-like city things, while the men talked, slowly as the cattle chew the cud' A boy, growing into manhood, and an old ascetic priest are on a quest. Kim was born and raised in India and plays with the slum children as he lives on the streets, but he is white, a sahib, and wants to play the Great Game of Imperialism, while the priest must find redemption from the Wheel of Life. Kim (1901) celebrates their friendship and their journeys in a beautiful but hostile environment, capturing the opulence of the exotic landscape and the uneasy presence of the British Raj. Filled with rich description and vivid characters, this beguiling coming of age story is considered to be Kipling's masterpiece. Part of a series of new editions of Kipling's works in Penguin Classics, this volume contains a General Preface by Jan Montefiore and an introduction by Harish Trivedi placing the novel in its literary and social context. Edited with an introduction by HARISH TRIVEDI Series Editor JAN MONTEFIORE

Author Biography

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India to British parents on December 30, 1865. In 1871, Rudyard and his sister, Trix, aged three, were left to be cared for by a couple in Southsea, England. Five years passed before he saw his parents again. His sense of desertion and despair were later expressed in his story 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' (1888), in his novel The Light that failed (1890), and his autobiography, Something of Myself (1937). As late as 1935 Kipling still spoke bitterly of the 'House of Desolation' at Southsea- 'I should like to burn it down and plough the place with salt.' At twelve he entered a minor public school, the United Services College at Westward Ho, North Devon. In Stalky and CO. (1899) the myopic Beetle is a self-caricature, and the days at Westward Ho are recalled with mixed feelings. At sixteen, eccentric and literary, Kipling sailed to India to become a journalist. His Indian experiences led to seven volumes of stories, including Soldiers Three (1888) and Wee Willie Winkie (1888). At twenty-four he returned to England and quickly tuned into a literary celebrity. In London he became close friends with an American, (Charles) Wolcott Balestier, with whom he collaborated on what critics called a 'dime store novel.' Wolcott died suddenly in 1891, and a few weeks later Kipling married Wolcott's sister, Ca
Release date NZ
May 5th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
432
Dimensions
129x198x24
ISBN-13
9780141442372
Product ID
10184411

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