Kipling, Rudyard - Kim - ( Item 125326 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2016. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Kipling's masterpiece: a panoramic portrait of India and a coming-of-age spy story. Newly illustrated by Oliver Hurst. Introduced by Jan Morris. Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Pastonchi. 320 pages. Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations. Blocked slipcase 9½? x 6¼?. The orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in India, Kimball O'Hara has grown up indistinguishable from the street urchins of Lahore. Raised to believe that a great destiny awaits him, he befriends a Tibetan lama and joins him on his quest to free himself from 'the Wheel of Things' and discover the 'River of the Arrow'. But, as their journey progresses, Kim finds himself caught up in the shadowy conflicts between the empires of Britain and Russia – the Great Game. Kipling’s greatest novel, Kim was instrumental in winning him the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature and reflects many of his own struggles with his Anglo-Indian identity. When finished, he said it had grown 'like a Djinn released'. It is a love letter to India, depicting it as a place of inexhaustible life force and vast human, geographic and spiritual variety; but is also a gripping tale of espionage and counter-espionage. Above all, it is the story of an orphan boy growing up to become a master spy – all the while seeking to answer the question: 'Who is Kim?'
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