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King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines
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Adventure, discovery, immortality, and terror-these are the themes of King Solomon's Mines, an exhilarating account of adventurer Allan Quatermain's search for lost treasure in Africa.Henry Rider Haggard was a prolific English writer whose works are full of action in colorful locations where his... show more
Adventure, discovery, immortality, and terror-these are the themes of King Solomon's Mines, an exhilarating account of adventurer Allan Quatermain's search for lost treasure in Africa.Henry Rider Haggard was a prolific English writer whose works are full of action in colorful locations where his protagonists often find exotic, hidden societies and encounter numerous dangers and characters with strange powers. His best-known work is the romantic adventure tale King Solomon's Mines, which was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. During his lifetime, Haggard wrote over forty books, many of which have been made into films, including the historical novel Cleopatra.Haggard was born in Norfolk, England, in 1856. He was the eighth son of a country squire and an amateur writer. Although his father considered him the family dunce, he was educated in private schools. In 1875, Haggard served as secretary to the governor of the Natal colony. He later joined the staff of the special commissioner and became master and registrar of the High Court in Transvaal. Like his friend Rudyard Kipling, Haggard was sympathetic to the British colonial policy but also saw the dangers of European intrusion.While in Africa, Haggard had an affair with an African woman and became fascinated with the Zulu culture. This inspired many novels, including his Zulu trilogy: Marie, Child of Storm, and Finished. Haggard returned to England, married a Norfolk heiress, and moved to his ostrich farm in Transvaal. However, when Transvaal was ceded to the Dutch, Haggard and his wife were forced back to England. Haggard studied law and was admitted to the bar, but he hardly practiced law. Instead, he devoted himself to writing. Between 1912 and 1917, he traveled extensively as a member of the Dominions Royal Commission. Haggard was an expert on agricultural and social conditions in England and on colonial migration. In 1912, he was knighted for his government services and was
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781434617224 (143461722X)
Publisher: BiblioLife
Pages no: 232
Edition language: English
Category:
Classics
Series: Allan Quartermain (#1)
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3.0 King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain #1) (Classic)
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riley
riley rated it
3.0 Highly influential if nothing else
I was only familiar with this story from the '80s Hollywood version, which I had been told was drastically different from the book. Sure enough, it absolutely was. So much of it is utterly different as to be (nearly) a different story. But anyway... Putting aside the problems we may find in Victoria...
kneubeck
kneubeck rated it
3.0 Der erste Quatermain
"King Solomon's Mines" ist der erste Allan Quatermain Roman (zumindest zu erst erschienen). Hier trifft er auf Sir Henry Curtis und Captain John Good, die auf der Suche nach dem Sir Henry's verschollenem Bruder sind, der auf der Suche nach Salomon's Mine war. Nach einigem Überlegen schließt Quaterma...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 King Solomon's Mines (Modern Library Classics)
This is an old fashioned adventure yarn and its hero, Alan Quatermain, is a direct ancestor of Indiana Jones. I'm not going to claim that Haggard even at his best is the same order of classic as the best by Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot or Thomas Hardy. But like fellow Victorians Arthur...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
3.0 The original Indiana Jones
I remember watching a movie based on this book starring Richard Chamberlain. I actually quite enjoyed the film, though one of the major differences that I discovered between the film and the book is the inclusion of a beautiful white female. I guess that is what one really has to expect from Hollywo...
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