At our September meeting, we will discuss:

'Kimby Rudyard Kipling

The meeting will be held on Monday, 4 September, 2017.

New members welcome



Rudyard Kipling

(from wikipedia)




Kipling's acclaimed novel is set in the India of the British Raj at the end of the 19th century, in troubled times for British foreign policy with 'The  Great Game' of Anglo-Russian rivalry in central Asia afoot and the second Anglo-Afghan war (1878-81) still vivid. This is the historical backdrop to the adventures of the eponymous hero, Kim,  a young boy of white parentage, but so untamed and sunburned, he could be taken for Indian. As such, Kim represents the meeting of east and west, one of Kipling's obsessions, and it is Kim's ethnic duality which is not only crucial to the central quest of the spy-thriller strand of the novel, but also to what Kipling wanted his readers to understand about the India of his childhood. 
 
The greatest thing written on India by any Englishman (E.M. Forster)
Kim still stands as a masterpiece (John Gross, The Telegraph, 2002)
India leaps from the pages (Amazon Reader review)

Moving on from modern controversy over Kipling's imperialist views, he can still be recognized for his gifts as a writer and the genius of his story-telling, which won him such fame, celebrity and extraordinary financial reward in his lifetime (it is said he earned the equivalent of £7 million for the one poem,The Absent-minded Beggar, which money he then gave to the War Office). Born in Bombay in 1865, he died in 1936 after an eventful life. In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date.