I feel terrible for leaving this so long – I have little excuse, although life, as with most people, has left little room for leisure. In reality, however, the reason behind my lateness is that this book just failed to capture me fully, and left me disappointed.
The word disappointment is key here, because ‘Kim’ began as a beautiful tale. Written by a man renowned for his work on middle-eastern culture (‘The Jungle Book’, of course), it doesn’t fail to kindle mystical images of the Indian world, albeit viewed with an unsettlingly imperial tone. The characters are full of spirit and at times the imagery is wonderful. And yet, as I said, I’ve had to drag myself here to write about it.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been busy in my head recently, but ‘Kim’ felt frenetic, and not always in a good way. The plot is layered in confusion – maybe this is because of Kipling’s vision of a muddled India – but it ultimately left me feeling like I’d missed several tricks. It seemed unwholesome.
Maybe I need to come back to this one, much like ‘The Elephant’s Journey’. It has so much charm in it, even depth, but I can’t help feel that the plot sags under its own lack of clarity. That said, the writing style is fantastic – I’ll be sure to return to old
Upcoming novel: ‘The Home and the World’ by Rabindranath Tagore
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