Drawing on his knowledge of Africa and of ancient legends, adventure writer H. Rider Haggard weaves this disturbing tale of Ayesha, the mysterious and immortal white queen of a Central African tribe. She, or "She-who-must-be-obeyed," is the embodiment of the mythological female figure who is... show more
Drawing on his knowledge of Africa and of ancient legends, adventure writer H. Rider Haggard weaves this disturbing tale of Ayesha, the mysterious and immortal white queen of a Central African tribe. She, or "She-who-must-be-obeyed," is the embodiment of the mythological female figure who is both monstrous and desirable, and deadlier than the male. She is a pioneering work in the "Lost World" genre.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: August 1st 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Series: She (#1)
bookshelves: re-read, victorian, published-1887, play-dramatisation, african-continent, fraudio, historical-masturbation, fantasy, afr-car Read in November, 2009 A re-read via BBC R4 audio book dramatisation. I remember being taken to see the film where 'I Shall Undress' played Ayesha - She who ...
By all rights I probably should reread this before reviewing--I last read this in my teens. I think I'm a little afraid I might find She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed diminished in my esteem, and I'd hate that. I'd rather remember this not only as a rollicking good adventure to read, but above all Ayesha, the ...
H. Rider Haggard is one of those "classic" adventure writers I missed as a child while I was devouring Verne, H. G. Wells, and Edgar R. Burroughs. Then there were the Lost Worlds tales of that guy who dabbled in fantasy-adventure when he wasn't writing about a detective-doctor duo. Now that I have r...
I liked this, when I read it as a child.
An intriguing fantasy, lost world, adventure story although it does explore some important questions such as the importance of beauty and how much we are driven by ascetics.An interesting point of fact about this novel is it is in the first person POV, but not from that of the heroic, good looking p...