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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 retraces Kim's footsteps across Kipling's India to see how much of it remains.
To attempt this with a fictional hero would normally be pointless. But Kim is different. For much of this Great Game classic was inspired by actual people and places, thus blurring the line between the real and the imaginary. Less a travel book than a literary detective story, this is the intriguing story of Peter Hopkirk's quest for Kim and a host of other shadowy figures.
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'A brilliant jigsaw' (Patrick Leigh Fermor, Spectator, Books of the Year)
'This beautifully written and beguiling travel book will fascinate even those who have never read Kim' (Scotsman)
An examination of Kipling's Kim, showing that most of the characters were inspired by actual individuals. Likewise, the locations in the novel are real, all of them familiar to the young Kipling when he worked as a reporter on a Lahore newspaper.
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