Kim

By Rudyard Kipling
Read by Ralph Cosham

10.30 Hours 06/30/2009 unabridged
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Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan, but he runs free in the streets of India. As a boy, he shows self-reliance and resourcefulness, running errands for Mahbub Ali, who works for the British Secret Service. Kim also meets a Tibetan lama who is on a quest to be freed from the Wheel of Life and becomes his disciple. Together they have wonderful adventures on the exotically colorful Grand Trunk Road through the Indian countryside. Then Kim is pulled into the great game of British imperial espionage and becomes a member of the Secret Service, even capturing documents from the enemy spies. Yet Kim is greatly attached to the lama and begins to feel the conflicting pulls between a life of contemplation and one of action. Kiplilng’s love for India and its people is evidient throughout this classic story, and its images and characters will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

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Summary

Summary

Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan, but he runs free in the streets of India. As a boy, he shows self-reliance and resourcefulness, running errands for Mahbub Ali, who works for the British Secret Service. Kim also meets a Tibetan lama who is on a quest to be freed from the Wheel of Life and becomes his disciple. Together they have wonderful adventures on the exotically colorful Grand Trunk Road through the Indian countryside. Then Kim is pulled into the great game of British imperial espionage and becomes a member of the Secret Service, even capturing documents from the enemy spies. Yet Kim is greatly attached to the lama and begins to feel the conflicting pulls between a life of contemplation and one of action.

Kiplilng’s love for India and its people is evidient throughout this classic story, and its images and characters will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is noteworthy for its nostalgic, colorful depiction of Indian culture, especially the diverse exotica of street life.” Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“Mr. Kipling’s last work is, to my mind, his best, and not easily comparable with the work of any other man.” Atlantic
“The finest novel in the English language with an Indian theme, but also one of the greatest of English novels in spite of the theme.” Nirad C. Chaudhuri, author and cultural commentator
“Masterful.” Boston Globe
“[Kipling] chronicled the poorest of Irish orphans…forced to choose between playing the ‘Great Game’ involving the contending imperial powers Britain and Russia and the teachings of a Buddhist lama—as fine a portrait of ethnic and religious crosscurrents and multiculturalism as there is.” Los Angeles Times

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Author Bio: Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was born of English parents in Bombay, India. At seventeen, he began work as a journalist and over the next seven years established an international reputation with his stories and verses of Indian and army life, including such classics as The Jungle Book and Kim. In 1907 he became the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 10.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English