One of the great adventure books of all time, Kim, first published in 1901, is Kipling's last major work about India, a farewell look brimming with all the color and sound, squalor and splendor of that exotic land. Kim, the orphaned son of an Irish soldier, is a mischievous worldly imp growing up in the walled city of Lahore. A secret mission for the British and a heartfelt bond with a Tibetan lama in search of a sacred river soon lead Kim into a life of spies and secrets, danger and high excitement. But Kim is more than a boy's adventure. Written by the laureate of the British Empire, it is also a profound look at the differences between East and West. For the first time, a British writer understood India in all its complexity, mystery, and spirituality. Here we enter the harems; mingle with thieves, jugglers, and beggars; and experience all that is India in one of literature's most magical and moving masterpieces.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling in Bombay, India in 1865. At the age of five, he was sent to England to be educated. He later returned to India, where he worked as a journalist and writer before traveling the world. He subsequently made his home in England, India, the United States, and South Africa. Kipling wrote The Jungle Books while living with his wife and young children in the United States near Brattleboro, Vermont. By the time The Jungle Books were published in 1894 and 1895, Kipling had become one of the most famous writers in England. In 1907, he became the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize in literature. He died in England in 1936.
Cohen is Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York.
“A work of positive genius, as radiant all over with intellectual light as the sky of a frosty night
with stars.”—Atlantic Monthly