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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