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King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain, She (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 1976


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An Englishman undertakes a quest to find Ayesha, the mysterious white queen of a Central African tribe - a monstrous and desirable female.

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These three great novels of African adventure continue to be favorite reading of those who love a thrilling tale. Perhaps the reason that they continue to be part of the public imagination, delighting each new generation afresh, is that they are filled with qualities close to the human heart: adventure, discovery, desire for immortality, terror, the search for the primitive . . . for what is unadorned by civilization. As Kipling said of Haggard's work, "It goes, and it grips, and it moves with all the freshness of youth."
Haggard had lived for many years among primitive peoples in Africa, and his knowledge of the Dark Continent was matched by few men. Yet beyond his personal knowledge of Africa, his experience of savage life and wild lands, and his faculty for making us believe impossible tales―lies a feeling for the supernatural. Adventure alone was not enough for Haggard. As he said, "The thing must have a heart; mere adventures are not enough―I can turn them out by the peck." About "She," one of the great mythical creations of the late 19th century, he said, "The only clear notion that I had was that of an immortal woman inspired by immortal love . . . and it came―it came faster than my poor aching hand could set it down." Kipling simply said, "You did not write 'She,' you know. Something wrote it through you."
His novels have been called parables, asking "What are science, learning, and consciousness of knowledge and power, in the face of Omnipotence?" They have been called romance. And they have been called excitingly alive and imaginative by almost everyone who has ever picked up a volume, from R. L. Stevenson to George Orwell.
"Do any of the moderns equal H. Rider Haggard as spinners of suspense yarns?"―Los Angeles Times
"Haggard could spin a yarn so full of suspense and color that you couldn't put the story down."―Washington Post
Complete unabridged texts of "She," "King Solomon's Mines," "Allan Quatermain."

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Great stories, great value 25. Februar 2004
Von Yossarian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Well, after years and years of Hollywood-tinged incidental exposure to the world of Allan Quatermain (everything from the reprehensible King Solomon's Mines film starring, among other deadwood, a young Sharon Stone, to the much more recent and oddly entertaining League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), I finally got around to reading the underlying works. Surprise surprise, they're vastly superior to the Hollywood fare. The most pleasant surprises, at least to me, have been in how engaging the characters are. Sure, the stories are old and have some racial aspects that read a bit awkwardly for a modern audience, but they retain all the drama and flare I'd hoped for. One great aspect is Quatermain himself..neither an Indiana Jones-esque bon vivant or a massive-chinned Captain Britannia, he's an over-the-hill elephant hunter who's a passable shot and an self-proclaimed coward. Whether that self-assessment is true or not is part of the fun of reading, and of course an elephant hunter doesn't live to be old unless he's got a few tricks up his sleeve. Strangely enough, Quatermain reminds me of Bilbo Baggins from Lord of the Rings in a number of ways (or vice-versa), particularly his 'along for the ride' persona and how he tends to put up a bit of a fight and then get clonked on the head whenever a tussle starts up.
There are other parallels as well; for example both Haggard and Tolkien share the ability to condense vast amounts of narrative into a few choice phrases. Quatermain and company traverse hundreds of miles of desert in a few evocative paragraphs that nonetheless leave you fumbling for a glass of water. It takes one of Robert Jordan's characters that long just to turn a doorknob.
Lastly, the book itself is a real bargain. You get three unabridged classic novels for less than a typical hardcover new release. Moreover, they're all excellent reads..'She' is particularly interesting in its unexpected quality. Indeed, I think it's one of the earliest femme fatale novels I've encountered to date, which makes it noteworthy in its own right. In any event, you won't go wrong with this collection.
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Dangerous women and mysterious lands 29. Juli 2001
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It might be a little bit too much of a good thing to read three H. Rider Haggard novels together in one go-- but it is such a good thing, that I didn't find it overpowering. Haggard writes with a richness of detail and sense of humor that are able to overcome any sense of datedness. Fine writing that captures the imagination.
_She_ is probably the strongest novel in the collection, with the introduction of Ayesha, the ultimate amoral femme fatale. Ayesha is immortal and rules her band of followers with an iron hand. When Ludwig Horace Holly and his ward appear in her forgotten nation, an ancient love triangle is revived. A meditation on the power of beauty and the violent nature of passion.
_King Solomon's Mines_ introduces the characters of Allan Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good as they go searching for King Solomon's legendary mines. The evil Gagool, wise woman and witch smeller, opposes them in their mission as they brave everything to find what they seek.
_Allan Quatermain_ continues the adventures introduced in the book before, with the friends restless for new adventure. Their searching takes among the Zu-Vendi, an isolated people of Persian descent. They are caught up in the warring between the beautiful twin queens Sorais and Nyleptha and love threatens even the bond between the adventurers themselves.
Be aware that these books are a product of their time, and are written by a white man and set in Africa. They contain artifacts of prejudice that can offend.
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Haggard's Three Best in One Compact Volume. 20. Juni 2001
Von Andrew R. Oerman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Haggard has received a lot of latter-day disdain for his imperialism and paternalistic descriptions of native cultures. But he was just writing what he knew in the flavor of the time. And boy, could he spin a yarn.
Maybe a tad slow for people who cut their teeth on Crichton, but a treat for those who appreciate a little poetry interspersed with exciting battles in a foreign land. And I can't say whether the geographical and historical information supplied is all (or even partly) true, but it certainly is entertaining.
These are old-school adventure stories with a dash of fantasy, well-written and possessed of a level of feeling beyond mere derring-do.
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Allan and She 25. Mai 2004
Von Johnny Heering - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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H. Rider Haggard really knew how to write exciting adventure novels. These are "ripping good yarns". The characters are fully developed and the situations they find themselves in are very imaginative. All three stories here are about Englishmen discovering lost civilizations, but they are not at all repetitive. I found the character of Ayesha("She") to be one of the most fascinating female characters I ever read about. I could go on and on about the merits of these books, but i will just say that if you like adventure novels (and you don't have a predjudice against books written in a somewhat dated style), you should enjoy these stories.
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Jungle Adventure - Powerful Women 16. November 2004
Von Gagewyn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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All three novels follow exploits of explorer Allan Quartermain. All three novels, although most centrally She, include the powerful idea of the Woman a primal force seen through the eyes of a man not a feminist. Also all three are currently analyzed for racism, since they are written by a British person and set in Africa. But regardless of analysis all are action packed well written stories that are easy to read.

Plot summaries:

She - The title refers to She Who Must be Obeyed. In this novel Allan Quartermain is charged with looking after a deceased friend's nephew, Leo. They travel to Africa in search of a discovery that was also left to Leo - an advanced and hidden civilization in the heart of Africa.

King Solomon's Mines - The sequel to She also stars Leo and Allan on another quest for a hidden and advanced civilization. This time the civilization is not ruled over by a powerful queen, but features warrior women.

Allan Quartermain - Three explorers journey into the heart of Africa in search of the usual. This time they find a civilization ruled over by twin queens. Things get complicated when one of the explorers falls for a queen.

Basically these are good fun adventure stories. I recommend reading She first, since it has been analyzed by Sigmund Freud, and generally is treated as serious. Like all of the stories She was written as entertainment. If you like that one it is worth it to read the other two novels so buying them together is cost effective. Even though the plots all deal with tough women rulers/warriors in the heart of Afica, they are different in the details and not at all repetitive.
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