I don't know how I feel about this one. I remember I liked The Jungle books and I sort of liked this too, but still I never really got into it. It seemed to slip away from me at times and, furthermore, I couldn't see any sense of urgency in the book. The story was fine, the characters and the overall pictures of India were quite good, but as a whole I didn't respond to it. There were some very good scenes that did trigger a response, but unfortunately not too many. And yet, this slippery, lopsided thing (on further thought) seemed to be the point as well. Perhaps, as our professor said, Kim works better on re-reading. Possible. Would certainly like to re-read The Jungle books once again.
7 April 2009