" I read this book after having seen it listed as a classic that should be read by all. I found this book to be a miserable account of a 19th century British orphan in colonial India and his trek across the country with a holy man. This was my first Kipling read. I found it extremely tedious with countless Indian locals, rivers, villages, tribes, etc. This quickly becomes a book of "blah, blah, blah" unless you like the challenge of Urdu and Hindu names and places. I kept waiting for something meaningful to occur but found myself at the end of the book wondering from where all the accolaids came. Quite frankly, I thought this book was a big waste of time. I know, I know, I have no literary taste. I'm willing to try another Kipling before I give up on him all together. "
— Eric, 11/28/2013