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By Dr. Colin F. Bindloss on 11-18-16
This is a delight, well read and not, as you might expect, the rousing tale of the ruling Raj but a much more sympathetic appreciation of the tapestry of peoples that made up the India of the late nineteenth century. How much has changed I don't know but the descriptions of places and people seem to be remarkably true even now. The reader brings out the characters and their different ethnic and religious backgrounds wonderfully well - better than when you read it yourself - and particularly expresses the humour of many of the exchanges between the strong personalities involved. The Great Game was never so entertaining, I'm sure, but how exciting Kipling makes it sound! By the end Kim does seem to be a Friend to all the World.
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By Philip on 08-02-18
A Good Narrator Brings a Classic Alive
Kipling has his detractors as an imperialist, jingoistic, adherent of eugenics. But he has written a sprawling story of the most perceptive sympathy with the Subcontinent, that ranks - in my mind - with the best classics of English language novel writing. It is in my personal top 5. Kipling didn’t win the Nobel for literature for nothing; he creates character with remarkable insight and a few, and then just a few more, penstrokes - and not a little cultural determinism. He celebrates the North Indian landscape and geography with remarkable poetry; the reader is truly transported. The cities of Lahore and Benares are brought to life with veracity and colour. A half-burned corpse bobbing along the Ganges as it flows past the ghats of the timeless holy city was as true an occurrence then as now. India is a land of rail; Kipling’s recounting of travel by train is spot on and, for my money was just the same 80 years on and I daresay is not dissimilar now. The amazing and accomplished Sam Dastor brings this brilliant story absolutely to life with a panoply of voices; his narration makes an already transcendentally accomplished piece of literature something even further beyond. I first read Kim 38 years ago and then 22 years ago - this Audible exclusive guarantees that I will read it again.