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King Solomon's Mines (World's Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780192834850
ISBN10: 0192834851
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H. Rider Haggard clearly displays his wonderfully dramatic imagination, combined with his deep knowledge of Africa, in King Solomon's Mines, which recounts the adventures of Allan Quartermain, Sir Henry Curtis, and Captain John Good. Written in 1885, the book was hailed by his publishers as "THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER WRITTEN."

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A search for a missing man amidst the scorching deserts and perilous mountains of Africa. In 1885, H. Rider Haggard's publisher considered it "the most amazing book ever written." This edition contains annotation.

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An elephant hunter's chronicle of his safari into the interior of South Africa to search for a fabled diamond mine and to rescue the brother of the English gentleman who accompanies him across the deserts and mountains.

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Jayanta Mahapatra, one of India's best poets writing in English, has won numerous poetry prizes within India and abroad. In this collection, his tenth, Mahapatra gathers together his best work from earlier collections, choosing the poems representative of his life's work thus far.

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Gypsi, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by Gypsi)
H. Rider Haggard lived in (what is now) South Africa from 1875 until he returned to London in 1882. He published his first novel, King Solomon's Mines in 1885, a fantastic adventure beginning in Durbin, South Africa and reaching to unexplored territories. It became an immediate best seller, and rightfully so.

The story is told in first person by Allan Quatermain, written as a manuscript for his son, though occasionally (a first novel mistake, it would seem), Quatermainaddresses "Reader", instead of his son as he does throughout most of the novel. In the manuscript, Quatermain tells of meeting with Sir Henry Curtis and Sir Henry's friend Good, who had come to Africa in search of Sir Henry's missing brother. The last heard of him had been that he was going to Durbin in search of treasure. Quatermain was able to tell Sir Henry of a man that fit the description, a man Quatermain had given directions that might have helped him find King Solomon's mines. Sir Henry persuades Quatermain to join them as guide, and what follows is an adventure tale of fast friendship, narrow escapes, devoted love, true evil and, of course, treasure.

While it is dated in some ways, King Solomon's Mines remains an magnificent yarn, drawing in the reader with an exciting plot and lovely descriptions and interesting characters. It remains a fun read, even some 125 years later.

Haggard shows a surprising sympathy for the African native, in relation to his era, and explains some tribal practices with a very tolerant touch. While it is still obvious to a modern reader that Haggard considers the white European to be superior, the African characters are not stereotyped or portrayed as ignorant or evil, though superstition is a characteristic. Haggard makes no denial of the beauty of the African women, but does make his point "can the sun mate with the darkness or the white with the black?" on a few occasions.

While the three main characters are white Europeans, there are three less major heroes who are African: Ignosi, Infadoos and the lovely Foulata, and these characters have equally important parts to play as Quatermain, Sir Henry and Good. Overall, Haggard kept his African characters in the area between the prejudiced portrayal and the equally insulting "noble savage", seemingly ahead of his time.

While King Solomon's Mines is not a quick fluff read, it is still a somewhat light swashbuckling tale, full of humor and excitement and solid writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192834850
Editor:
Butts, Dennis
Author:
Butts, Dennis
Author:
Haggard, H. Rider
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Hunting guides
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics
Publication Date:
19980813
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
music examples, tables
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
5 x 7.7 x 0.8 in 0.375 lb

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Product details 368 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780192834850 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A search for a missing man amidst the scorching deserts and perilous mountains of Africa. In 1885, H. Rider Haggard's publisher considered it "the most amazing book ever written." This edition contains annotation.
"Synopsis" by , An elephant hunter's chronicle of his safari into the interior of South Africa to search for a fabled diamond mine and to rescue the brother of the English gentleman who accompanies him across the deserts and mountains.

"Synopsis" by , Jayanta Mahapatra, one of India's best poets writing in English, has won numerous poetry prizes within India and abroad. In this collection, his tenth, Mahapatra gathers together his best work from earlier collections, choosing the poems representative of his life's work thus far.
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