Allan Quatermain

Allan Quatermain

by H. Rider Haggard

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This edition of Allan Quatermain i by H. Rider Haggard is given by Ashed Phoenix - Million Book Edition

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ISBN-13: 9781987034370
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 538,859
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English author of adventure novels set in exotic locales, predominantly Africa. King Solomon’s Mines, one of his best-known books, details the life of the explorer Allan Quartermain. She: A History of Adventure followed, introducing the character Ayesha. While much of Haggard’s reputation stems from those two books and their subsequent series, he also wrote nonfiction and short stories.

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Allan Quatermain 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Insidekitty83 More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the novel itself is exemplary, but it would seem that the scanner of this book simply scanned and published the electronic copy without so much as a cursory glance to fix any mistakes and mis-prints. Truly it was painful to try to read the unintelligible text that had been mis-copied so badly that many lines were simply a collection of random symbols. To the person who scanned this book: if you cannot take this task seriously, then desist in your mutilation of this fine series of books and go play checkers. 
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to the much more famous King Solomon's Mines. Very much in the same vein.Alan Quatermain - the 'hero' from KSM, is bored. He's been back in civilised and genteel england for a few years. Unfortunetly his son much loved son dies in the intervening period - from smallpox - And he concieves a yearning to return to the wilderness of Africa and the udulation of the natives. Fortunetly his old friends the irrepresible Cook and Curtis also feel similarly inclined. Quartermain remembers an old tale told to him of a tribe of "white" natives who live far out in central africa, and this seems like a suitable target for them to aim for. Hence various adventures occur and a chance meeting with an old friend the Zulu Umslopogaas provides the necessary background to help ensure that the White men and the natives are suitably contrasted - very much a product of the era it was written in. There are the usual diversions with pretty women, scheming priests and just about everything you would expect from an adventure story, including of course graphically bloody massacres, and heoric deeds. Many of the trials they undergo seem to be quite realistic - porters deserting a group was a common hazard for example. The river through the mountain wasn't actually too unbelivable, although the gas jet was just bizarre.In today's world it is of course horrendously stereotypical and often racist, but at the time it was written, it must have been close to how Africa was percieved, a mysterious continent far away, full of savages and strange possabilities. Only Alan Quatermain himself gets drawn into the story, even his closest aquaintances remain very much 2D shadows to accompany him, but we do get quit a bit of insight into Alan's view of events and the people around him, which is often dryly amusing. The pacing is excellant, and the story rushes along from one place to the next with suitable pauses for the characters and the reader to refresh themselves. There is some trully obvious foreshadowing, but the account is supposed to have been diary entries from AQ written after his travels, so in some respects this is excuseable. Overal, enjoyable, not as thrilling as KSMs, but another quick fun read highlighting the social differences between the 1880s and today...............................................
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to disagree with the previous review... I found this book very entertaining, and although it reflects the values from a century ago, it isn't racist by a long shot.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book full of presumptions and condescending attitudes towards the Natives and aboriginal communities. What strikes the reader is the fixed idea that Allain has about race mating. It also raises Shakesperian issues like problems confronted (or to be confronted) by people from different cultures and races who intend to mate. The view that the sun connot mate with darkness is very strong in the book. Even in terms of the common Man in the West, this attitudes is based on class, cast, race and prejudice. But beyond this, the story seems to have its entertaining aspect.