Plot summary[ edit ] 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 that few realise he is a white child, although he carries a packet of documents from his father entrusted to him by an Indian woman who cared for him.
Malabar PointBombay, They married and moved to India in They had been so moved by the beauty of the Rudyard Lake area that when their first child was born they named him after it. Two of Alice's sisters married artists: Kipling's most famous relative was his first cousin, Stanley Baldwinwho was Conservative Prime Minister three times in the s and '30s.
Kipling seems to have said as much to the Dean when he visited J J School in the s. Mother of Cities to me, For I was born in her gate, Between the palms and the sea, Where the world-end steamers wait.
Complex issues of identity and national allegiance would become prominent in his fiction. If each contradiction be set down as a lie and retailed at breakfast, life is not easy.
I have known a certain amount of bullying, but this was calculated torture—religious as well as scientific. Yet it made me give attention to the lies I soon found it necessary to tell: They spent a month each Christmas with their maternal aunt Georgiana "Georgy" and her husband, Edward Burne-Jones, at their house, The Grange, in FulhamLondon, which Kipling called "a paradise which I verily believe saved me.
Kipling remembers, "Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told any one how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.
Also, badly-treated children have a clear notion of what they are likely to get if they betray the secrets of a prison-house before they are clear of it". He sailed for India on 20 Septemberand arrived in Bombay on 18 October. He described this moment years later: Other Indian-born boys have told me how the same thing happened to them.
After these, my English years fell away, nor ever, I think, came back in full strength". The Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, the newspaper which Kipling was to call "mistress and most true love",  appeared six days a week throughout the year except for one-day breaks for Christmas and Easter.
Stephen Wheeler, the editor, worked Kipling hard, but Kipling's need to write was unstoppable. Inhe published his first collection of verse, Departmental Ditties. That year also brought a change of editors at the newspaper; Kay Robinsonthe new editor, allowed more creative freedom and Kipling was asked to contribute short stories to the newspaper.
By then, it was established practice for the Viceroy of India and the government to move to Simla for six months, and the town became a "centre of power as well as pleasure".
Rudyard Kipling returned to Simla for his annual leave each year from toand the town featured prominently in many of the stories that he wrote for the Gazette. It began in heat and discomfort, by rail and road. Kipling included most of these stories in Plain Tales from the Hillshis first prose collection, which was published in Calcutta in Januarya month after his 22nd birthday.
Kipling's time in Lahore, however, had come to an end. In Allahabad, he worked as the Assistant editor of The Pioneer and lived in Belvedere house, Allahabad from to Kim by Rudyard Kipling.
Home / Literature / Kim / Summary / Chapter 1 ; (Lahore is now in Pakistan, but when Rudyard Kipling was writing, it was part of India.) Even though Kim feels totally comfortable running around the city talking to the city kids in Urdu, he is white. Kim is a splendid novel by Rudyard Kipling.
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Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Home / Literature / Kim / Brief Summary ; Kim is a fairy tale), there was an orphan boy named Kimball O'Hara, Kim for short. In fact, this isn't just any old fairy tale time: this book takes place specifically around the late s in British India. Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Home / Literature / Kim / Brief Summary ; Kim is a fairy tale), there was an orphan boy named Kimball O'Hara, Kim for short.
In fact, this isn't just any old fairy tale time: this book takes place specifically around the late s in British India. Kim is a splendid novel by Rudyard Kipling. It's well worth a read. The problem is that there are a lot of Kindle versions of `Kim' available at the Kindle store.
Lots of them are terrible. A very few are good. Unfortunately, the reviews for Kim are amalgamated into one big group of reviews, and so finding the best one to buy is difficult Reviews: