This book is for all those who love Kim , that masterpiece of Indian life in which Kipling immortalized the Great Game. Fascinated since childhood by this strange tale of an orphan boy's recruitment into the Indian secret service, Peter Hopkirk here explores the many mysteries surrounding Kipling's great novel. He shows that most of the characters - Kim himself, the old Tibetan lama, Colonel Creighton, Mahbub Ali, Lurgan Sahib and the Babu (agent R17) - were inspired, in whole or in part, by actual individuals. Likewise, its locations are real - all of them familiar to the young Kipling when, more than a century ago, he worked as a reporter on a Lahore newspaper. Although Hopkirk trailed Kim and the lama across India and Pakistan, this is less a travel book than a literary detective story. It is not even essential to have read Kim in order to enjoy it, for Kipling's narrative is carefully sketched in as Hopkirk's quest unfolds. Because its hero is a teenage boy, many people mistakenly believe Kim to be a children's book. This book is intended for wide popular appeal as an adventure and espionage story; lovers of travel writing, of Hopkirk's writing, and of Kipling's writing; those interested in Indian history and the history of the Great Game.
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Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely over many years in the regions where his six books are set: Central Asia, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Before turning full-time author, he worked for The Times for nearly twenty years, latterly as an Asian affairs specialist. In the 1950s he edited the West African news magazine Drum, sister-paper to its legendary South African namesake. Before entering Fleet Street he served as a subaltern in the King's African Rifles - in the same battalion as lance-corporal Idi Amin, later to emerge as the Ugandan tyrant. No stranger to misadventure, Hopkirk has twice been held in secret police cells - in Cuba and the Middle East - and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into thirteen languages.
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Book Description Oxford Univ Pr (Txt), 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0192833081