King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

Book - 2002
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Touted by its 1885 publisher as "the most amazing story ever written," King Solomon's Mines was one of the bestselling novels of the nineteenth century. H. Rider Haggard's thrilling saga of elephant hunter Allan Quatermain and his search for fabled treasure is more than just an adventure story, though: As Alexandra Fuller explains in her Introduction, in its vivid portrayal of the alliances and battles of white colonials and African tribesmen, King Solomon's Mines "brings us the world of extremes, of the absurdly tall tales and of the illogical loyalty between disparate people that still informs this part of the world."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780812966299
0812966295
Characteristics: xxv, 264 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Danly, James.

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Quietday
Jan 30, 2017

If you're looking for a swashbuckling Victorian adventure about dark caves, wild tribes and quests for hidden treasures and diamonds, this is your book. My 12 & 14 year old kids gave it pretty good ratings.

There are a lot of coincidences in this just when tragedy is about to strike: Quartermain just happens to have the book that notes an eclipse will convince the king they are gods, a gust of fresh air will lead to an escape from a sealed cave, just before the adventurers die of thirst a lush green "hidden" valley will appear, and a stone will suddenly crush the crazy witch.

I bet this was a real thriller in its day. Good thing I wasn't wearing a corset like a Victorian lady while I was reading or I might have fainted at all the close calls!

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Elentari
Jun 22, 2015

I cannot wait to read this book. Unfortunately, the library does not have The Brethren, one of my most favorite by Haggard. The brethren was a breathtaking tale full of adventure that I absolutely loved. I am expecting great things out of this book!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 02, 2014

Maybe the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) example of British imperial/empire adventure fiction. Also see Kipling's stories.

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