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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (30 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321435834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321435835
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,948,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kim

 

A Longman Cultural Edition

 

Editors: Paula M. Krebs and Tricia Looten

 

Series Editor:  Susan Wolfson

 

Affordably priced, Longman Cultural Editions present classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts–cultural, critical, and literary.  Each Longman Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of a key literary work, supplemented by helpful annotations and followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment.

 

A complete list of other Longman Cultural Editions appears inside the front cover.

 

Longman Cultural Editions may be packaged at no additional cost with The Longman Anthology of British Literature and Masters of British Literature, Volumes A and B.

 

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Longman is an imprint of Pearson. 

 

Book Description

Rudyard Kipling's classic novel of a young boy in colonial India --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Henk Beentje TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
The book: an orphan in Lahore in around 1890 meets a wandering Tibetan priest and decides to join him in a quest to find a certain philosophical River; on the way they meet all India, adventures, and even his inheritance. But it is not (only) his inheritance that makes him grow up to what he is - it is his friendships, his nosiness, his persistence and his sense of mischief. And while Kim becomes part of the Great Game, his Lama meditates upon life and earthly desires, and how to reach spiritual freedom. Wandering over the plains and in the hills, these two unlikely companions meet, it seems, all India, and some more besides.

My opinion: I am not sure whether Kipling is a great writer; some of his books don't move me, much. But this is certainly a great book. It has everything: growing up, espionage, adventure, travel, mysticism, fun. Set in colonial India ("the only democratic land in the world") and written by a typical empire aficionado, it shows respect for all classes of people (well, except maybe Russian and French spies) in a way I like, and that includes many religions. A wonderful book, re-readable at regular intervals, too; I think I am on my sixth reading, but it could as well be the tenth. Very Victorian, but also very timeless - brilliant.
And which edition to read? Well, I would say an old one like the thin-paper Macmillan ones, illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling and smelling of long ago...
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This review is for Kim
Published by Start Publishing LLC
ASIN: B00ABDHYXW

This is a review of this particular edition, not of Kim as a book. Kim is a splendid novel by Rudyard Kipling. It's well worth a read.

This edition has text taken from Project Gutenberg, and is missing all italics and accents. It also has the errors in the text that are present in the Project Gutenberg text. It does have curly quotes and em-dashes, but that's the extent of the formatting. The verses at the start of chapters is very poorly formatted, and the in-line verses are even worse.

The are no illustration or annotations for the public domain text. This edition really has nothing to recommend it over the much better free version available at mobileread.

If you're looking for a Kindle edition of Kim, don't just search for "Kim". That only finds a few of the many editions. You'll need to used the advanced book search and search for title kim and author kipling and format Kindle Books. And also look for my review "Kindle Edition Choice is critical" for a review of all the available UK editions as of April 2013. I can't give a live link to the mass review here, but its web address is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R352D63HO69Y03/
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KIM is a superb classic of spying, daring-do, intrigue, bizzare situations, a lost inheritance and one of the best descriptions of life in India under the Raj. I reread KIM at least once a year for the sheer joy of joining Kim O'Hara in finding his red Bull on the Green field, enjoying the wealth of different folks and playing the Great Game. There're the devious character, trader Abu Babi, the gentle Lama, and Kim's lessons in how to spy properly as well as the Widow, the English Colonel and the myriad of other well-drawn characters. Kipling remains one of the masters of story-telling. The yarn is far from 'old stuff' since Russian spying on Afghanistan has had a long history - "the pedigree of the white stallion" starts the action. (Of course, when the Russians invaded Afghantistan in this decade, I instantly reread KIM and chortled at their failure.)
KIM is also a tale of honor, loyalty and devotion as well as Kim's amusing antics for self-survival. The characters are exceedingly well developed, as only Kipling, with his appreciation of East and West, could weave for our enjoyment.
Anyone who aspires to be a writer should put Kipling high on their list of reading.
... After six decades I can still find delight in KIM and relive the thrill of setting out on a long and dangerous road, thwarting spies and saving two nations!
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This review is for Kim by Rudyard Kipling - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)
Publisher: G Books
ASIN: B006JOSGJS

This is a review of the quality of this edition in particular, not of Kim as a work of literature.

Introductory notes and a general timeline of Kipling's era, and a few other extras, but no illustrations. Proper quotes, italics, dashes, but often open quotes are used for closed quotes or apostrophes, and closed quotes for open quotes. The unusual character ' is included as an image rather than as a character, and so does not scale with the other letters. Occasional OCR errors (e.g. zero for capital O) and incorrect extra paragraph breaks. The footnotes in the introduction are not hyperlinked. The footnotes/glossary entries in the main text of the book (of which there are a large number) are hyperlinked, with link numbers rather than linking directly from the word. A nicely linked table of contents. I would prefer it if the book opened at the start of the story, but that's a minor quibble. The text gives a blank line between each paragraph, as well as indenting the first line, and some of the extras could be formatted a little better.

Overall, a reasonable edition, let down by poor proofing of the text. It does have copious hyperlinked glossary entries, which is a plus.

If you're looking for a Kindle edition of Kim, don't just search for "Kim". That only finds a few of the many editions. Search for "Kim Kipling" (without the quotes) to find the many editions available. And also look for my review "Kindle Edition Choice is critical" for a review of all the available UK editions as of January 2012. I can't give a live link to the mass review here, but its web address is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R352D63HO69Y03/
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