Author: Rudyard Kipling
While Kipling's colonialist attitudes are on full display in Kim, his deep love for India, the nation of his birth, is obvious. Kipling embraces India's rich cultural, lingual, religious and even geographic diversity. Kim's travels criss-cross the Subcontinent, even taking us to the edge of the Himalayas. For the author, I can only imagine that Victorian England must have seemed awfully dull in comparison.
I've gone back and forth over whether I would encourage my wife to read Kim. She loves spy stories though, admittedly, Kim isn't really much of one - more an adventure tale with hints of espionage flavoring. It's certainly fun as an armchair tour of colonial India but there are probably better books for that, too. So, probably not. But it's an enjoyable read.