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Kim is one of my favorite Rudyard Kipling stories. The reader gives a Fantastic performance in so many accents, that it was better having heard it than when I read it. A classic. Also useful for those wanting to peer into the tapestry of India' s history, and includes the intrigue of the "great game".
Kipling's word choice, the descriptions of scenes, the amazing performance of Sam Dastor (seriously, he play characters of umpteen different casts, dialects, genders, ages, national origins!), the winding, intricate tale, Kipling's deep knowledge of India and Buddhism.
See above. He is incredibly talented. I cannot fathom how he can switch in and out of the narrator's voice and the voices of the numerous characters he plays. He brought the book to life without a fault.
The descriptions of the mountainous regions in/near Tibet.
This is a complex story, but it all beautifully comes together. Kipling is a master of the written word and Dastor a master of acting. Buddhists (particularly of Tibetan lineages) will deeply appreciate this book.
Kim is an orphan boy with a foot in two worlds, living during the late 1800s. British by birth but seeing himself as a part of the local community, he lives as a street kid until his employment as an agent of espionage. He is also a student, and a disciple of a Tibetan Buddhist Lama. His adventures take place in Pakistan, India, and the Himalayas. The performance does full justice to the splendour of the language, and covers a remarkable range of accents.
Sam Dastor takes you on a great Indian adventure with this Rudyard Kipling classic. His vocalizations of the different characters are incredible. Kim, a young orphan in early British India travels the country with his mentor, a Tibetan lama. The book is essentially a narrative of their adventures while painting a colorful and informative picture of India prior to the full bloom of the British Raj.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This is a "Boy's Own Adventure" but wonderfully told, an India long gone captured in word painting that was masterly.
This is Rudyard Kipling's best book and it is a masterpiece - in a few words he can describe a scene, a look or a character. I've never been to India but I feel like after listening to this I know what to expect.
For younger boys it is an adventure but it goes far beyond that for adult readers as it works on so many levels.
Sam Dastor, who read The Siege of Krishnapur and didn't do the best of jobs doing so, did a marvellous job of all the characters in this book. It was compelling listening. I loved it and know I shall listen to it again and listen to more Kipling as a result of listening to this book.
The name is for my wife, the photo is for the old man.
I love this Kipling story. The adventure of a spy store, the respect for Indian culture, and the friendship of a young rascal and an old Llama give it a lot of depth. I can listen to it over and over, and appreciate it each time. It's a great bed time story, yet I'm never bored.
You might compare this book to Huckleberry Finn. Both have the same respect for culture, the satire of racial perspective, and the sense of a higher moral framework than that of our immediate parochial perspective.
I don't think so, but he's perfect for Kim.
Having heard rave reviews of this book, I was considering using this book to teach World History..... This is an excellent--absolutely wonderful--historical novel of India during the British period. The nuances of religious heterogeneity certainly are depicted.
HOWEVER, I doubt very few of my students would trudge through this. Unless you are truly a fan of the classics or are looking to improve your understanding of religious pluralism throughout the world, I would suggest you bypass this book.... but that is my own opinion.
In short, it's worth a read once. But not twice. And certainly not if you are an undergraduate with a million things on your plate.
i gave this book an hour and 58 minute try. the accents drove me nuts....did not care for it at all. i deleted it as fast as i could
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