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King Solomon's Mines (1882)

de Henry Rider Haggard

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Classic Literature. Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines tells of a group of adventurers journeying into unexplored Africa in order to find the missing brother of one of the party. The book became an immediate bestseller after publication in 1885. At the time large parts of Africa remained unexplored by Europeans and the book captured the imagination of the public.

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This is a classic work written nearly 130 years ago. It is representative of its time. To 21st century sensibilities it can be difficult. But I believe it’s possible to read a classic work, struggle the beliefs of the day, and still enjoy the story. I had an enjoyable time reading the story. ( )
  PolarBear117 | Jun 15, 2024 |
Adventurer and big game hunter Allan Quartermain is asked by Sir Henry Curtis and his friend Captain Good to assist the pair in finding Sir Henry’s brother, last seen headed north into Africa’s uncharted interior in search of the famous King Solomon’s Mines. Quartermain, known for his adventures in Africa, has a map that claims to lead to the Mines. Aware of the extreme dangers, Quartermain nevertheless agrees to join the expedition, striking a deal that, even if he dies, will provide support for his son while the boy is studying medicine in England.

What follows is a remarkable succession of adventures in unexplored Africa, including natural dangers (wild animals, deserts, mountains ranges...), a "lost world" kingdom where they get involved in a civil war, and the mythic King Solomon's Mines, full of treasures and mortal traps.

Extremely successful in its time (1885), it placed Haggard as one of the great adventure writers of the Victorian era.

The novel is written in first person by Quartermain, who has a easy, self-effacing way of talking. He directly addresses his son Harry, telling the story for him. It was fascinating stuff then, when Africa was a romantic, unknown continent, and it's still entertaining nowadays.

Of course, as all contemporary African adventure novels (see for example Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon and many others), it was written by people who lived in a different time, with a colonial frame of mind that we condemn today. However, judged by the standards of its time it's probably enlightened. Haggard knew Africa, after all, and knew that, even if their civilizations were less advanced, there were good and bad people everywhere:

"What is a gentleman? I don’t quite know, and yet I have had to do with niggers—no, I will scratch out that word “niggers,” for I do not like it. I’ve known natives who are, and so you will say, Harry, my boy, before you have done with this tale, and I have known mean whites with lots of money and fresh out from home, too, who are not."

There's also some hunting, which is something that bothers some modern readers. In any case, I appreciate 19th century novels because they let you see how people thought at that time, as opposed to modern historical novels that tend to feature 19th century characters with modern mentalities.

This is not high literature. Like with Verne's novels, expect the focus to be on the plot and the adventure, and not on any kind of psychological insight of the characters. Unlike Verne, though, Haggard does not make any attempt to inform the reader. He just wants to entertain. Whether that's good or bad will depend on the reader. In my case, I rather enjoy Verne's instructional moments.

There is not much humor in this story, but what there is is mostly provided by Captain Good (and his beautiful white legs... you'll know what I mean if you read the novel).

This is still worth reading for anyone who enjoys 19th century adventure tales. I have to say, as an Indiana Jones fan, there is a lot of Allan Quatermain in Indy, from the self-effacing attitude to the over-the-top adventures he gets involved in (although there are no supernatural elements in this story). ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Three men trek to the remote African interior in search of a lost friend - and reach, at the end of a perilous journey, an unknown land cut off from the world, where terrible dangers threaten anyone who ventures near the spectacular diamond mines of King Solomon...
  PlumfieldCH | Apr 30, 2024 |
hang in until you get past the first 100 pages or so ... about the time they find the "entrance" ... then don't plan on putting it down until you finish ( )
  dlinnen | Feb 3, 2024 |
I loved this book. If not for the persistent casual racism (that thankfully mostly ceased after the first third, once the characters had left towns and civilisation for the desert and the mountains), it would have earned five stars.

That kind of talk, that was prevalent for those first few chapters, cannot go unchallenged, though.

What I long for is an adventure story told from the point of view of main characters of colour -- what of the African adventurers themselves who surely have histories and mythologies to share of their own culture? Of the Sherpas who tirelessly climb the slopes of Everest while the white people who pay them to carry all the gear garner the glory? Of the ancient southern, eastern, middle eastern and near eastern civilisations who built all of the magnificence characters like Quatermain, Umbopa, Curtis and Good seek? Those are surely magnificent, dramatic and exciting stories that deserve to be read as widely as those written by colonialists two centuries ago. ( )
  Joshua_Pray | Dec 30, 2023 |
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Haggard, Henry Riderautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
BrugueraEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Butts, DennisEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Casas, FloraTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Foden, GilesPrefácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fuller, AlexandraIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gemme, Francis R.Introduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Green, Roger LancelynIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hampson, RobertEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hogarth, PaulIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Holmberg, NilsTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ivry, BenjaminIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines tells of a group of adventurers journeying into unexplored Africa in order to find the missing brother of one of the party. The book became an immediate bestseller after publication in 1885. At the time large parts of Africa remained unexplored by Europeans and the book captured the imagination of the public.

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