Kim

ISBN-10: 039396650X
ISBN-13: 9780393966503
Edition: 2001
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Description: Rudyard Kipling has been attacked for championing British imperialism and celebrated for satirizing it. In fact, he did both. Nowhere does he express his own ambivalence more strongly than in Kim, his rousing adventure novel of a young man of many  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.40
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Rudyard Kipling has been attacked for championing British imperialism and celebrated for satirizing it. In fact, he did both. Nowhere does he express his own ambivalence more strongly than in Kim, his rousing adventure novel of a young man of many allegiances. Kimball O'Hara grows up an orphan in the walled city of Lahore, India. Deeply devoted to an old Tibetan lama but involved in a secret mission for the British, Kim struggles to weave the strands of his life into a single pattern. Charged with action and suspense, yet profoundly spiritual, Kim vividly expresses the sounds and smells, colors and characters, opulence and squalor of complex, contradictory India under British rule.

Kipling, who as a novelist dramatized the ambivalence of the British colonial experience, was born of English parents in Bombay and as a child knew Hindustani better than English. He spent an unhappy period of exile from his parents (and the Indian heat) with a harsh aunt in England, followed by the public schooling that inspired his "Stalky" stories. He returned to India at 18 to work on the staff of the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette and rapidly became a prolific writer. His mildly satirical work won him a reputation in England, and he returned there in 1889. Shortly after, his first novel, The Light That Failed (1890) was published, but it was not altogether successful. In the early 1890s, Kipling met and married Caroline Balestier and moved with her to her family's estate in Brattleboro, Vermont. While there he wrote Many Inventions (1893), The Jungle Book (1894-95), and Captains Courageous (1897). He became dissatisfied with life in America, however, and moved back to England, returning to America only when his daughter died of pneumonia. Kipling never again returned to the United States, despite his great popularity there. Short stories form the greater portion of Kipling's work and are of several distinct types. Some of his best are stories of the supernatural, the eerie and unearthly, such as "The Phantom Rickshaw," "The Brushwood Boy," and "They." His tales of gruesome horror include "The Mark of the Beast" and "The Return of Imray." "William the Conqueror" and "The Head of the District" are among his political tales of English rule in India. The "Soldiers Three" group deals with Kipling's three musketeers: an Irishman, a Cockney, and a Yorkshireman. The Anglo-Indian Tales, of social life in Simla, make up the larger part of his first four books. Kipling wrote equally well for children and adults. His best-known children's books are Just So Stories (1902), The Jungle Books (1894-95), and Kim (1901). His short stories, although their understanding of the Indian is often moving, became minor hymns to the glory of Queen Victoria's empire and the civil servants and soldiers who staffed her outposts. Kim, an Irish boy in India who becomes the companion of a Tibetan lama, at length joins the British Secret Service, without, says Wilson, any sense of the betrayal of his friend this actually meant. Nevertheless, Kipling has left a vivid panorama of the India of his day. Kipling is England's first Nobel Prize winner in literature and the only nineteenth-century English poet to win the Prize. He won not only on the basis of his short stories, which more closely mirror the ambiguities of the declining Edwardian world than has commonly been recognized, but also on the basis of his tremendous ability as a popular poet. His reputation was first made with Barrack Room Ballads (1892), and in "Recessional" he captured a side of Queen Victoria's final jubilee that no one else dared to address.

Preface
The Text of Kim
Backgrounds
Map: North India 1857
Map: Modern India
Map: The Grand Trunk Road
Short Stories
Lispeth
To Be Filed for Reference
Poems
Recessional
The White Man's Burden
Letters
To Margaret Burne-Jones, [27] September 1885
To Margaret Burne-Jones, 28 November 1885-11 January 1886
To E. K. Robinson, 30 April 1886
To Margaret Burne-Jones, 3 May-24 June 1886
Autobiography and Biography
From Something of Myself
[The Origins of Kim]
Contemporary Reviews
[A 'New Kipling']
[Mr. Kipling's Enthralling New Novel]
Rudyard Kipling's Kim
The Nobel Prize for Literature, 1907
Historical Context
Kim in Historical Context
[Recovering the Connection Between Kim and Contemporary History]
Criticism
Kipling's Place in the History of Ideas
The Pleasures of Kim
[Kim as Imperialist Novel]
[The Survey of India]
Kim, Invasion-Scare Literature, and the Russian Threat to British India
[Kipling's Richest Dream]
[Storytelling in Kim]
[Kim, the Myth of the Nation, and National Identity]
[Kim's Colonial Education]
Kim and Orientalism
Kim, or How to Be Young, Male, and British in Kipling's India
[The Ending of Kim]
What Happens at the End of Kim?
Rudyard Kipling: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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