Kipling's epic rendition of the imperial experience in India is also his greatest long work. Two men - Kim, a boy growing into early manhood, and the lama, an old ascetic priest - are fired by a quest. Kim is white, although born in India. While he wants to play the Great Game of imperialism, he is also spiritually bound to the lama and he tries to reconcile these opposing strands. A celebration of their friendship in an often hostile environment, Kim captures the opulence of India's exotic landscape, overlaid by the uneasy presence of the British Raj.
Contains an introduction by Harish Trivedi placing the novel in its literary and social context. Also includes notes, chronology, further reading, a General Preface by the series editor Jan Montefiore and Edward Said's famous introduction from the previous Penguin Classics edition as an appendix.
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IDENTITY AND HYBRIDITY
THE INVISIBLE RAJ AND THE GREAT GAME
THE POSTCOLONIAL CONSCIENCE
Note on the Text
II NOVELS AND POEMS ON INDIA BY OTHER AUTHORS
III BIOGRAPHY AND LETTERS
IV CONTEXT AND CRITICISM
Introduction to Kim by Edward W Said Penguin Classics 1987