King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard Reviews
Description:ISBN 0141439521 / Author: H. Rider Hagard / Genre: Classic Literature / Adventure and exploration in the African interior.
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by - written on 14/08/01, updated on 14/08/01 (Very useful, 171 readings)
If H. Rider Haggard wasn't one of those George Orwell characterized as "good bad writers" - and very likely he was - he definitely should have been. Orwell meant by that the writers who are compelling despite their faults, or even perhaps because of their faults. They aren't perfect technicians or grammarians or stylists, but they come near to perfection as story-tellers. Though not all the time. Not all of Haggard's book have lasted very well, but at least two of them will probably survive as long as popular literature does. Those two are *She* and *King Solomon's Mines*, which is the story of three white men who discover an ancient ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/12/00, updated on 07/12/00 (Very useful, 83 readings)
This was the first book I read by Rider Haggard, when I was about 10! I still love it now, showing that it is suitable for all ages. Like Allan Quatermain and She, this novel is an adventure story following explorers into the depths of Africa. Once again, they discover a hidden kingdom which becomes ravaged by civil war. The characters in the book are well-drawn; Allan Quatermain is the grizzled old hunter, worldweary and cynical with a heart of gold. Curtis is an English squire, athletic and strong. Good is the comedy character, a vain naval officer who insists on shaving and wearing his monocle even in Africa. Haggard's depiction of race is ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/03/11 (Very useful, 57 readings)
King Solomon's Mines is a swashbuckling adventure story written by H Rider Haggard in 1885, its story set in colonial Africa has lost diamond mines and African dynastic struggles. I picked up this book in a local charity shop and it has been lurking in the bottom of my bookshelf for a couple of years, but after feeling a bit poorly I had finished a rather intense book and felt a need for something a bit more engaging and exciting. So I picked up this novel and read it, I had of course heard of the novel but hadn't read the book in my youth but had vague recollections of watching one of the many film versions. King Solomon's ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/07/02, updated on 17/07/02 (Useful, 171 readings)
First published in 1885 ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ is probably one of my favourite books of all time. I first read it as a child and still read it occasionally now. Though I have moved from reading the Puffin Classics edition to reading a first edition I picked up about a year ago. (That definitely has pride of place on my shelves). The story follows three men who trek north to interior Africa. It starts off centring around Henry Curtis who is searching for his long lost brother. The most interesting character is Alan Quatermain who is a hunter hired to guide the group on their perilous journey. They find more than they hoped for, including ... Read the complete review
by - written on 18/09/12 (Useful, 16 readings)
King Solomon's Mines is one of Haggard's earliest works, reportedly written as the result of a bet with his brother that he couldn't write a novel half as good as Stevenson's Treasure Island. If so Haggard did well. Writing a nineteenth century best seller that remains popular today and has spawned a series of sequels, a Hollywood film and inspired a whole genre of works. The book is the original 'lost world' storyline, written from the viewpoint of famed elephant hunter Allan Quatermain recounting his adventures in unexplored Africa. Quatermain is employed by Sir Henry Curtis, a burly aristocrat, who seeks to find his brother who went missing looking for the ... Read the complete review
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