eBook: Kim

Sprache - Englisch

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Kim (Kimball O'Hara) is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier and a poor Irish mother who have both died in poverty. Living a vagabond existence in India under British rule in the late 19th century, Kim earns his living by begging and running small errands on the streets of Lahore. He occasionally works for Mahbub Ali, a Pashtun horse trader who is one of the native operatives of the British secret service. Kim is so immersed in the local culture, few realise he is a white child, though he carries a packet of documents from his father entrusted to him by an Indian woman who cared for him. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third, probably in the period 1893 to 1898. The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India. "The book presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road." Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a quintessential British writer and poet, whose body of work encapsulates the essence of British colonial India. He is widely regarded for his deep understanding and portrayal of the British Raj and is indeed one of the most prominent literary figures to emerge from the era. Kipling was born in Bombay, where he was imbued with the multifaceted cultural and social nuances of India, a theme that prominently features in much of his work. His most well-known novel, 'Kim' (1901), stands out as a vivid tableau of Indian society under British rule and find much acclaim for its detailed characterizations and rich, atmospheric descriptions (Kipling, 1901).

Kipling's literary style is marked by his storytelling prowess, with a distinctive narrative voice that often delves into adventure and the exploration of complex social relationships within the colonized landscape. 'Kim' serves as a prime example of his abilities, interweaving the eponymous young Irish orphan's adventures with the political and spiritual tapestry of India. The novel is characteristic of Kipling's enlightened view of the subcontinent, encompassing both its beauty and associated sociopolitical contrasts. Accolades for Kipling's body of work include the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he was awarded in 1907, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to English literature, making him the first English-language recipient of this prestigious award. Kipling's influence remained formidable, with his works continuing to be studied for their literary merit and historical insights.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 460 Seiten

Größe: 911,9 KB

ISBN: 8596547007685