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King Solomon's Mines (1882)

de Henry Rider Haggard

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Allan Quatermain relates the events of his safari into the interior of South Africa in search of the legendary lost treasure mines of King Solomon.
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    Hunter Quatermain's Story: The Uncollected Adventures of Allan Quartermain de H. Rider Haggard (MinaKelly)
  2. 70
    Treasure Island de Robert Louis Stevenson (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: King Solomon's Mines was written as a result of a wager between H. Rider Haggard and his brother on whether he could write a novel half as good as R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island. Why not read them both and decide for yourself?
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    The Lost World de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Rynooo, Polenth)
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    The Man Who Would Be King [short story] de Rudyard Kipling (mcenroeucsb)
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    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court de Mark Twain (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: These novels have some similar plot elements.
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    A Liga Extraordinária, Vol. 1 de Alan Moore (LKAYC)
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They don't write books like this any more, and that is both a good and a bad thing.

You have to keep telling yourself that this book was written a LONG time ago, since it is a pretty safe bet that something in this book will offend virtually any modern reader. I found myself shaking my head in disbelief and laughing sort of the same way I used to laugh while watching Archie Bunker--except that Archie was an anachronism even during his first run on TV, and Alan Quartermain is quite enlightened for his time. Not that different from reading Edgar Rice Burroughs, really.

IF you can get past that, and I hope that you can, this is a fantastic adventure novel. Absolutely top shelf---how did I miss this one? Full of heroic characters, dastardly villains, complex plots and schemes, hair-raising adventures, creepy settings, epic battles and something that I did not expect----humor. This book is laugh out loud funny even while telling a straight forward adventure yarn in the classic style. A style it pretty much invented, I might say, just as I think that it is no stretch to say that without Alan Quartermain there would be no Indiana Jones. In fact the whole vibe of the movie borrows quite a bit from Haggard's style.

I have already bought a ticket for the remaining books in the series. ( )
1 vote ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
I read something the other day. It said, " Re-read some of the classics that you enjoyed when you were younger. The story won't have changed, but your perspective will have." That is what I'm trying to do. I'm bringing some of the classics back into my life. Some of them I enjoyed as a child and young woman, and some I didn't read. This one I hadn't read, but I wish I would have because I would have loved it when I was a girl. I enjoyed it very much even now. It's a smashing adventure story, but the book is beautifully written. Haggard's descriptions of the scenery and of more graphic scenes like the epic battle scene in the book are so colourful and realistic, that it's like watching a movie. Was there a movie made of Alan Quartermain's exploits--this is a three-book series? If not there should have been. All the way through Quartermain says, " i am a timid man," and then goes on facing extreme dangers and terrible foes without a second thought. There was one chapter in the book that I couldn't read, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. The chapter describing the great elephant hunt was not to my taste, but these were different times. The book was published in 1885, and these things were common-place then. Other than that, the whole book was exciting and totally enjoyable. I'm going to continue to pick up these old classics and give them another go. Life's a journey after all, and I love re-living the times from when the books were written and seeing the perspective of the human race back in those days. It makes you realize how far we've come in so many ways, and how far that we've actually fallen back in others. ( )
  Romonko | Feb 23, 2021 |
I still have this paperback I read in 1962. I was 14. I enjoyed the story but reading it now one must remember it is an old-fashioned adventure story. In other words, shooting elephants was no big deal. (First published in 1885.)

As I recall it was a decent adventure tale. Searchers for a lost friend and legendary diamond mine, lead by Allan Quatermain, end up in a "lost world." Apparently this is the first novel to take readers to a "lost world." No dinosaurs in this one, though.

Quotes:

“Listen! What is life? It is a feather, it is the seed of the grass, blown hither and thither, sometimes multiplying itself and dying in the act, sometimes carried away into the heavens. But if that seed be good and heavy it may perchance travel a little way on the road it wills. It is well to try and journey one's road and to fight with the air. Man must die. At the worst he can but die a little sooner.”

“Yet man dies not whilst the world, at once his mother and his monument, remains. His name is lost, indeed, but the breath he breathed still stirs the pine-tops on the mountains, the sound of the words he spoke yet echoes on through space; the thoughts his brain gave birth to we have inherited to-day; his passions are our cause of life; the joys and sorrows that he knew are our familiar friends--the end from which he fled aghast will surely overtake us also!"

"Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.”

“Wealth is good, and if it comes our way we will take it; but a gentleman does not sell himself for wealth.”

“...for women bring trouble as surely as night follows day...”

“Whilst we were at Durban he cut off a Kafir's big toe in a way which it was a pleasure to see. But he was quite nonplussed when the Kafir, who had sat stolidly watching the operation, asked him to put on another, saying that a "white one" would do at a pinch.”

“Our future was so completely unknown, and I think that the unknown and the awful always bring a man nearer to his Maker.” ( )
  LJCain | Feb 5, 2021 |
DVD
  starlynx | Jan 18, 2021 |
Ah, what to say about this book?

To start, I've been interested in Allan Quatermain since the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and this book has been on my to-read list since I was a kid and my sister had the abridged version of this included in her Reader's Digest abridged classics set. Sounded like a good title but I just was not ambitious enough to read it.

It's a lot like what I expected. It was written in 1886 and it's about British white guys in Africa during that time period. There's that British superiority, the white man's superiority, the black man's awe at the white man's superiority, the massive killing of wild beasts, especially elephants, and other things of that nature in this book.

Aside from the above (and that's a lot of the book), I did like Allan Quatermain. I was mainly interested in the exciting part of them crossing the desert to get to the diamond mines and their adventure in the diamond mines once they finally got there and dealing with the evil witch Gagool. I was not that interested in the battle for the kingship that took place in the middle of the book. A little more diamond hunting, a little less warfare would have been preferable. However, I know it's supposed to be a great adventure book.

Curious to watch the movie about this, though. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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Haggard, Henry RiderAutorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
BrugueraEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Butts, DennisEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Fuller, AlexandraIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gemme, Francis R.Introduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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