As usual, superb reading seems to be slightly above me as I didn't get what was going on at all times, but I liked it alot.
The greatest thing about this book is that it is quite fresh both in terms of its characters and structure. By this I mean that it's such an odd and imaginative array of characters (a white orphan boy born native in India, an old llama from Tibet, a Mohammaden horse dealer spy...). The structure is fresh in that it is not the same old introduction and buildup, difficulty, climax, and resolution. Kipling seems to follow his own path and it works.
Glad I finally got to this one as it has been on my reading list for years. Incidentally, just heard about Kipling's travels in Canada and his visit to Medicine Hat, Alberta and his persuasive argument that saved the city from changing it's unique name around 100 years ago....Continua
It entered my personal hall of fame of my favourite books of all times!
I love the way in which Kipling made Kim grow up in the novel. I love how politics, adventure and philosophy interweave in the story. I love the factinating opposition between positive characters like Mahbub Ali and the Red Hat... I love Kim's never ending search for an identity.. I love the old soldier, so good pictured in so few pages...
I love this book. That's all.