Tag Archives: Kim


The Two-Sided Man

For those who lack the luxury of time to read all of Kipling’s works and draw their own conclusions, myself among them, the complexity of the man is suggested most evocatively, perhaps, in his own poem The Two-Sided Man, and articulated more clearly and directly by George Orwell. (Commonalities between the two authors inspired a […]


Poet of ‘East and West’

Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment seat; … But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth. […]


1900 – 1901: Kim

It is sometimes said that there are only two ways for a story to begin: Someone sets out on a quest or a stranger comes to town. Both come into play in Rudyard Kipling’s long-beloved (if now also half-forgotten) only novel-length story Kim. The novel first appeared twice in serial form in magazines, beginning in […]