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Kimball O'Hara is an Irish orphan growing up as a beggar on the streets of India. He befriends a Buddhist lama, becoming the man’s disciple, and joins him in his spiritual journey across northern India. But when the British discover Kim’s true identity they take him from the lama and train him as a spy. Years later, when the pair are reunited, Kim finds himself torn by the temptations of the British Imperialists that trained him and his loyalty to his mentor. One of Kipling’s finest works, the novel draws on his own experience of living in India.