Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Rudyard Kipling

"Kim", the great poem of the Indian Atlantis...

Sorry to bother the Right Honourable Reader with Lawrence Durrell again, but this time it's about something he said not anything he wrote. Durrell was born in Dharjeeling, in Raj times, and he considered himself a "colonial" and an "Anglo-Indian". (Surprising choice of term if one remembers that it is normally used for someone of mixed Indian and British descent, which was not his case. He was more like "white trash", as one would say now. Or a British "pied noir"). Anyway he said this:
"I was born into that strange world of which the only great poem is the novel "Kim" by Kipling " .

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