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Kim es una novela picaresca y de espionaje del escritor Sir Rudyard Kipling. Publicada en 1901 por MacMillan & Co. Ltd., tiene como fondo el conflicto político en Asia Central entre el Imperio Ruso y el Imperio Británico, llamado El Gran Juego. Notable por el detallado retrato del pueblo de la India.
Kimball O'Hara, llamado Kim, es un huérfano, hijo de un soldado inglés y una madre pobre de raza blanca. Sobrevive mendigando y haciendo mandados en las calles de Lahore, durante el período de la India colonial. Está tan inmerso en la cultura local, que pocos notan que él es de raza blanca. Ocasionalmente trabaja para Mahbub Ali, un comerciante de caballos, y también un agente del servicio secreto británico, al que ingresará Kim posteriormente.

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ISBN-13: 9781847498045
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Famous for his tales of adventure in British India, Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is one of the most popular writers of all time and the first English-speaking recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Table of Contents

Rudyard Kipling: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


Appendix A: The Writing of Kim

  1. From Rudyard Kipling, Something of Myself (1937)
  2. Rudyard Kipling, “Lispeth” (1890)
  3. From Rudyard Kipling, “Kim o’ the ’Rishti”

Appendix B: Contemporary Responses to Kim

  1. From Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (December 1901)
  2. From George Moore, “Avowals V: Kipling and Loti,” Pall Mall Magazine (July 1904)
  3. From Dixon Scott, “Rudyard Kipling,” Bookman (December 1912)
  4. From Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys (1910)

Appendix C: The Great Game and the Survey of India

  1. From the Correspondence of Arthur Conolly (1889)
  2. From G.B. Malleson, The Russo-Afghan Question and the Invasion of India (1885)
  3. From Archibald R. Colquhoun, Russia against India: The Struggle for Asia (1900)
  4. From Charles E.D. Black, A Memoir on the Indian Surveys, 1875-1890 (1891)

Appendix D: Colonizers and Colonized

  1. From Evelyn Baring, Earl of Cromer, Modern Egypt (1908)
  2. From Archibald R. Colquhoun, Russia against India: The Struggle for Asia (1900)
  3. From F. Anstey, Baboo Jabberjee B.A. (1897)
  4. From T.B. Macaulay, “The Necessity of English Education” (1835)

Appendix E: Buddhism in Victorian Britain

  1. From William Wilson Hunter, The Indian Empire (1882)
  2. Rudyard Kipling, “Buddha at Kamakura” (1892)
  3. From Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia (1908)

Works Cited / Recommended Reading

Reading Group Guide

1. For decades many critics have shown great disdain for Kipling, equating his work with the idea that British imperialism was a righteous and justified act. Is this assessment fair? Was Kipling simply writing what he knew or structuring his literature on his political beliefs?

2. As Kim moves from the intellectual world of school to the spiritual world he finds with the lama later in the story, he continually questions who he is. Is this questioning simply that of a young orphan or does it hint at larger political unease?

3. What is the purpose of the prophecy Kim brings to the soldiers?

4. Is it surprising, given Kim’s spirituality, that he joins the Secret Service? How does he reconcile his two separate lives?

5. In a 1943 essay, critic Edmund Wilson referred to the ending of Kim as a “betrayal” of the relationship of the old man and the young Kim, which made the book more literary than a mere adventure story. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

6. In her article “Adolescence, Imperialism, and Identity in Kim and Pegasus in Flight,” Nicole Didicher says, “Adults writing for adolescents inevitably use imperialist discourse to influence their readers’ maturation. Kipling . . . uses an existing imperialist society to present the protagonist’s establishment of his psychosocial identity.” Do you agree that all adult writers “inevitably” use imperialist discourse to reach their adolescent audiences? Did Kipling use imperialist India because that is what he knew, or was he simply entertaining a young audience?