History Literature / Kim

7th Oct '17 2:04:22 PM Aelphais
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This is one of the most beloved works of Creator/RudyardKipling. The title character is a street urchin named Kimball O'Hara (called Kim throughout the novel) who has been befriended by the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Pathan]] [[IntrepidMerchant horse trader]] and spy Mahbub Ali. He wanders around the streets of the city of Lahore happily, mingling with all the many races, and occasionally running secret errands for Mahbub. He meets Teshoo Lama (usually called the Lama) who is WalkingTheEarth [[SeekerArchetype seeking enlightenment]]. Kim follows him and has adventures over a long period leading all the way to the Himalayas, where he foils a Russian and a French agent. It is left with an open ending as Kim must decide whether to continue as the Lama's disciple or become a full time spy.

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This is one of the most beloved works of Creator/RudyardKipling.Creator/RudyardKipling, published in 1901. The title character is a street urchin named Kimball O'Hara (called Kim throughout the novel) who has been befriended by the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Pathan]] [[IntrepidMerchant horse trader]] and spy Mahbub Ali. He wanders around the streets of the city of Lahore happily, mingling with all the many races, and occasionally running secret errands for Mahbub. He meets Teshoo Lama (usually called the Lama) who is WalkingTheEarth [[SeekerArchetype seeking enlightenment]]. Kim follows him and has adventures over a long period leading all the way to the Himalayas, where he foils a Russian and a French agent. It is left with an open ending as Kim must decide whether to continue as the Lama's disciple or become a full time spy.
23rd Dec '15 2:56:22 PM Menshevik
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* ExoticExtendedMarriage: The Woman of Shamlegh already lives in a polyandrous marriage which was then and still is Truth in Television for a number of cultures in the Himalayas when she indicates to Kim that she would like him to become her husband too.



** The Lama, as a Tibetan Buddhist and someone more accustomed to using Chinese than e. g. Punjabi, also is very much this, at least at the beginning of the novel, but things change, especially after he meets up with the Sahiba, a fellow Buddhist, if a lapsed one.

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** The Lama, as a Tibetan Buddhist and someone more accustomed to using Chinese than e. g. Punjabi, also is very much this, at least at the beginning of the novel, but things novel. Things change, especially after he meets up with the Sahiba, a fellow Buddhist, if a lapsed one.one. In later chapters he is shown navigating through India by train and steamer with much more ease and he also for a time finds a home away from home in a Jain temple.
1st Nov '15 6:55:15 PM nombretomado
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* TheRaj: Perhaps the best novel to truly capture what it was really like.
1st Nov '15 6:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* TheFederation: TheRaj is presented as this.

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* TheFederation: TheRaj UsefulNotes/TheRaj is presented as this.
26th Oct '15 6:46:51 AM JulianLapostat
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* GoingNative: Kim can effortlessly go native as both a Hindu and a Muslim in India.

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* GoingNative: Kim can effortlessly go native as both a Hindu and a Muslim in India. However, he's warned at school that while Britains in India expected to blend in with the locals, "going fully native" was out of the question, and Kim steps back.



** However, towards the end, Kim starts to think of himself as a Sahib and this creates tensions between him and the Lama.



* TheRaj

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* TheRajTheRaj: Perhaps the best novel to truly capture what it was really like.
* RuleAbidingRebel: Kim bristles at service and authority figures but gradually he comes to accept his role and function as a spy in the service of the British Empire.
4th Jun '15 7:37:19 AM WillBGood
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10th Dec '14 6:53:11 AM Menshevik
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* CityOfSpies: Lahore just to start with

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* CityOfSpies: Lahore just to start withwith.
* ComingOfAge



* ComingOfAge
10th Dec '14 6:51:42 AM Menshevik
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* CoolGun: An ancient cannon in front of the "wonder-house" at Lahore, around which the [[StreetUrchin Street Urchins]] play. Apparently there is a real cannon at Lahore called "Kim's Gun" for the benefit of tourists, on which Kipling based it on. According to ''The Quest For Kim'' by Peter Hopkirk this gun had a romantic history being sort of an AncestralWeapon of the armies of several Rajahs, and had gone on a number of campaigns before it had become a museum piece.

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* CoolGun: An ancient cannon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamzama Zam-Zammah]] in front of the "wonder-house" at Lahore, around which the [[StreetUrchin Street Urchins]] play. Apparently there is a real cannon at Lahore called Also known as "Kim's Gun" for the benefit of tourists, on which Kipling based it on. According to ''The Quest For Kim'' by Peter Hopkirk this gun had a romantic history being sort of the cannon (cast in 1762) was an AncestralWeapon of the armies of several Rajahs, and had gone on a number Rajahs. As the first paragraph of campaigns before it had become a museum piece.''Kim'' explains:
--->Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon', hold the Punjab, for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot.
10th Dec '14 6:43:06 AM Menshevik
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* {{Defictionalization}}: Infamous British Soviet double agent Kim Philby was nicknamed after Kipling's Kim, being a spy originally from India.
** The memory game Lurgan Sahib plays with Kim became known as "Kim's game" in the real world.
10th Dec '14 6:41:06 AM Menshevik
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* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Ethnological Survey doubles as the secret service of British India.
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