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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,923 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In all India is no one so alone as I!

Rudyard Kipling’s Kim is the story of Kimball O’Hara, the orphaned son of an Irish soldier, who spends his childhood as a vagabond in Lahore. With an old Tibetan lama, he travels through India, enthralled by the “roaring whirl” of the landscape and cities of richly colored bazaars and immense diversity of people.

The novel is a masterpiece of careful organization and skillfully manipulated narrative techniques. By portraying Kim’s utter devotion to the lama and his ability to share the life of the common people intimately and unself-consciously, Kipling creates a vision of harmony—and of India—that unites the secular and the spiritual, the life of action with that of contemplation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/18/2014

    " I understand that "Kim" is generally considered Kipling's greatest novel. I personally, however, found it less than great. There are some aspects of it that surpass any other works I can think of. Primarily, this would be in its description of India. The people, the places, the customs are all described in rich (which might also be unduly drawn out) detail. I think the story attempts to be a coming of age tale, although in this it fails to impress. One is much more likely to enjoy Kim as a young ruffian with a Tom Sawyer swagger than as the weary and aware young man he seems at the end of the book. Then, too, there is the religious aspect of "Kim." Kipling displays the range of Indian religious sects by introducing characters who are Hindu, Muslim, and Christian (the latter only as the militaristic and slightly dull-witted guardians of Kim at his necessary but tedious school training). His main portrayal, though, is of Buddhism as exemplified in the Tibetan Lama whom Kim befriends. By the end of the book, I could not help feeling it was almost a piece of Buddhist propaganda, so frequent were the references to the Wheel of Life and earning merit. But perhaps I am the wrong sort of reader to enjoy this book anyway. It certainly seems a "boy" tale, and I am sure a more thorough understanding of the intrigues of the British Empire would have made the reading more enjoyable. In seeking out secondary commentary to help my reading, I found out about "the Great Game" between English and Russian intelligence agents. Suddenly things made more sense! Unfortunately, it did not help increase my interest much. Pehaps Kipling's wild appeal in his own day is to the detriment of its appeal 109 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marla | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this book! Rudyard Kipling is great novelist and storyteller. Now I want to visit India! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dwight | 2/7/2014

    " My only true "desert island book." It's all in here, everything you need to know. The only book I've actually read a dozen times. Also the only book (and one of the only things) I've bought on E-bay: I've got about 12 different copies. One is in French with great drawings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gela Tevzadze | 2/4/2014

    " Can not add any original compliments to the universal praise gained by this book, for a long time regarded as "arguably the best novel ever written about India". While the sentiment may be considered debatable, the literary value and everlasting appeal of "Kim" remains undeniable. "

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