Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game
ISBN 13: 9780192833082
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1997
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"In 'Quest for Kim,' Hopkirk...has written a very personal appreciation of a novel that inspired much of the activity of his own life....Hopkirk, in other words is an old-fashioned man, stirred by the confrontation of Eastern exoticism with Western imperial ambition....For those who have read 'Kim' with pleasure, Hopkirk's literary adventure will make for agreeable, if not especially profound, reading....These tales of intrigue set against the fakir-and-maharajah background of 19th-century India quite obviously continue to delight Hopkirk. And why not? If nothing else, his book is a reminder of just how absorbing was the world that Kipling knew, and how fabulous was his transformation of it into literature." .
Richard Bernstein, New York Times, 07/09/1997Review:
"'Quest for Kim,' in which Hopkirk explores the mysteries surrounding the novel itself, is a combination of travel book and literary detective story. Believing that Kipling's characters were all inspired by actual individuals and his settings were all real places, Hopkirk set off to track them down across the India of Kipling's day, through territory which is now split between India and Pakistan....To love Kim or even Kipling is unnecessary. A non-enthusiast can also enjoy tagging along on this meditative, observant and entertaining quest."
Jessica Mann, Literary Review, September 1996
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