Kim (1901) by Rudyard Kipling

KimKim by Rudyard Kipling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kim (1901) by Rudyard Kipling is one of those rare books that last through the decades but would never be published as a ‘new’ novel in modern times.

Often I find that the classics are classics because they are written in a style that is no longer preferred; ‘classics’ does not mean ‘great’ but, perhaps, means ‘old and forgotten’. None the less, rather an outdated classic or not, Kim was an enjoyable read.

The story of Kim (Kimball O’Hara) is one of adventure and history, set in India around the time between the 2nd and 3rd Afghan Wars and at a time when Russia and Great Britain conflicted their presence and control in Central Asia.

Early on, Kim, as a young orphan on the street in Lahore, befriends the Tibetan Teshoo Lama, who is seeking the River (or also known as the ‘River of the Arrow’ upon the Road -a hint of Cormac McCarthy there).

Kim’s father was once in the British army, and so Kim makes his way to a regiment, through the Lama’s guidance and that of a horse dealer named Mahbub Ali, and with the help of an old prophecy Kim has remembered as ‘the red bull in a green field’.

Kim gains his formal education, after already being educated upon the streets, and his future is mapped and outlined by Colonel Creighton for aid in helping to work both sides of the fence, the Indian public and the British army, as what is known as the Great Game, or the secret intelligence conspiring in India at the end of the 19th century.

Most of the book is set in dialogue, and even so can make for a difficult read since the characters who are speaking are set in a time and place that no longer exist and has not existed in over a century. Nevertheless, once Kipling’s cadence is picked up the story gives birth to a culture and region that is still quite fascinating.

In the end, however, the book does focus a great deal on the lama despite Kim being the protagonist and holding the eponymous title. As for the plot and action, there is not much compared to modern novels, but there is a spiritual essence that fills the pages and one can only hope that the best, regardless of the awful circumstances, will come to the lama and Kim.

A recommended read simply because it is a cherished classic. But what does that mean anymore when readers thrive for simplicity? If seeking simplicity, turn away. If seeking a story told true, then by all means, open the book cover and begin on page one.

 

Vanity of Vanities by CG Fewston

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CG FEWSTON is an American novelist who is a member of AWP, a member of Americans for the Arts, and a professional member and advocate of the PEN American Center, advocating for the freedom of expression around the world.

CG FEWSTON has travelled across continents and visited such places as Mexico, the island of Guam, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Taipei and Beitou in Taiwan, Bali in Indonesia, and Guilin and Shenzhen and Beijing in China. He also enjoys studying and learning French, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin.

CG FEWSTON earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors) from Stony Brook University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University, where he had the chance to work with wonderful and talented novelists, such as Richard Adams Carey (author of In the Evil Day, October 2015; and, The Philosopher Fish, 2006) and Jessica Anthony (author of Chopsticks, 2012; and, The Convalescent, 2010) as well as New York Times Best-Selling novelists Matt Bondurant (author of The Night Swimmer, 2012; and, The Wettest County in the World, 2009, made famous in the movie Lawless, 2012) and Wiley Cash (author of A Land More Kind Than Home, 2013; and, This Dark Road to Mercy, 2014).

Among many others, CG FEWSTON’S stories, photographs and essays have appeared in Sediments LiteraryArts Journal, Bohemia, Ginosko Literary Journal, GNU Journal (“Hills Like Giant Elephants”), Tendril Literary MagazinePrachya Review (“The One Who Had It All”), Driftwood Press, The Missing Slate Literary Magazine (“Darwin Mother”), Gravel Literary Journal, Foliate Oak Magazine, The Writer’s DrawerMoonlit Road, Nature Writing, and Travelmag: The Independent Spirit; and for several years he was a contributor to Vietnam’s national premier English newspaper, Tuoi Tre, “The Youth Newspaper.”

You can read more about CG FEWSTON and his writing at

www.cgfewston.me & https://www.facebook.com/cg.fewston/https://hk.linkedin.com/in/cgfewston

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A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under ”Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience”…

Finalist in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction…

Finalist in the 2015 Mystery & Mayhem Novel Writing Contest…

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Praise for A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN:

“Fewston delivers an atmospheric and evocative thriller in which an American government secret agent must navigate fluid allegiances and murky principles in 1970s Tehran… A cerebral, fast-paced thriller.”

Kirkus Reviews 

“A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a thrilling adventure which takes place in pre-revolutionary Tehran. Author CG FEWSTON provides a unique glimpse into this important historical city and its rich culture during a pivotal time in its storied past. This book is so much more than a love story. Skillfully paired with a suspenseful tale of espionage, A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a riveting study of humanity. Replete with turns & twists and a powerful finish, FEWSTON has intimately woven a tale which creates vivid pictures of the people and places in this extraordinary novel.”

LITERARY CLASSICS

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CG FEWSTON‘s new novel,

A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN, was published on April 2, 2015 —

10 years to the day of the publication

of his first novella, A FATHER’S SON (April 2, 2005)

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“Thus one skilled at giving rise to the extraordinary

is as boundless as Heaven and Earth,

as inexhaustible as the Yellow River and the ocean.

Ending and beginning again,

like the sun and moon. Dying and then being born,

like the four seasons.”

found in Sources of Chinese Tradition, p 5

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cg and axton 2015

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