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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Enjoyment in this Classic Adventure Story
Reading "King Solomon's Mines" reminded me of the joke about the guy who sees his first Shakespere play, and when asked what he thought of it, said, "real good, but so many cliches". So it is with this classic adventure story: so much of the action and plot devices were similar to what I remembered from other adventure stories (and comic books and...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A story of treasure, war, and wild adventure
Der 55 jährige Großwildjäger Allain Quartermain lernt auf einer Schiffspassage nach Durban zwei Gentleman kennen: Captain John Good und Sir Henry Curtis. Sir Curtis beauftragt Quartermain ihm bei der Suche nach seinem seit zwei Jahren verschollenen Bruder behilflich zu sein. Nach einem Streit hatte dieser sich auf die Suche nach König Salomons Minen...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Enjoyment in this Classic Adventure Story, 14. Juni 2000
Reading "King Solomon's Mines" reminded me of the joke about the guy who sees his first Shakespere play, and when asked what he thought of it, said, "real good, but so many cliches". So it is with this classic adventure story: so much of the action and plot devices were similar to what I remembered from other adventure stories (and comic books and movies), yet Rider Haggard came decades earlier. Here is one of the prototypes (along with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", written just a few years earlier) of the modern adventure-action story. There is lots to admire in this well crafted story: great action, excitement, characters, and exotic locations. If there's a kid you know that only wants to watch television or play video games, read this book with him or her. It shows what words on a page can do in the imagination of the reader.
It is also interesting to see the book in its historical perspective. "King Solomon's Mines", 1885, records European ignorance of and fascination with Africa, which was still partly (as Joseph Conrad later called it in "Heart of Darkness") a blank area on the map: The source of the Nile had been discovered only two decades earlier; Henry Stanley and Richard Burton were still living, the memories of David Livingstone and John Speke were still fresh; and the Berlin Africa Conference was taking place just as the novel was going into print. If that's not of interest to you, skip it. Want to curl up with a good book? Here's one for you and your kids.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of the 1st "lost civilization" tales & a grand one., 29. Juni 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Surely a classic, this was Haggard's first foray into the literary field -- to prove he could do it better than some of his contemporaries. Having spent time in South Africa as a minor civil servant, he drew on his experiences of that land to impart a feel for the country in this short, but by no means small, tale of treasure hunting & adventure among unknown & exotic peoples. This is the story of an over the hill "white hunter" impressed into the service of two English gentlemen seeking the brother of one who had disappeared years before on the edge of a great desert in vain (or perhaps not so vain) pursuit of the fabled mines of King Solomon. Along the way they are joined by an enigmatic native guide who is much more than what he seems as they stumble across previously unexplored (@ least by Europeans) tracts of Africa & into a lost nation related, apparently, to the Zulus of southern Africa whom the English of that day so feared & respected. Drawn at once into the internal politics of these people & overawing them w/their European tricks, they are soon in deadly peril from the the cruel king of that country and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne. But there's no use telling too much of a tale like this in a review -- the interested reader is urged to read it for him or herself. It's quick & exciting & no more than what it seems: a fast paced adventure in strange parts, for those w/a taste to see how the great ones, like Haggard, did it. -- Stuart W. Mirsky (mirsky@ix.netcom.com
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked.,, 20. Februar 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Taschenbuch)
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. He may be a little verbose but every word has a use. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

If you get a chance to also hear the recording, an added plus is narration by John Richmond; He brings the characters to life and adds to the mystique that this story has been passed down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Enjoyment in this Classic Adventure Story, 12. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Taschenbuch)
Reading "King Solomon's Mines" reminded me of the joke about the guy who sees his first Shakespere play, and when asked what he thought of it, said, "real good, but so many cliches". So it is with this classic adventure story: so much of the action and plot devices were similar to what I remembered from other adventure stories (and comic books and movies), yet Rider Haggard came decades earlier. Here is one of the prototypes (along with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", written just a few years earlier) of the modern adventure-action story. There is lots to admire in this well crafted story: great action, excitement, characters, and exotic locations. If there's a kid you know that only wants to watch television or play video games, read this book with him or her. It shows what words on a page can do in the imagination of the reader.
It is also interesting to see the book in its historical perspective. "King Solomon's Mines", 1885, records European ignorance of and fascination with Africa, which was still partly (as Joseph Conrad later called it in "Heart of Darkness") a blank area on the map: The source of the Nile had been discovered only two decades earlier; Henry Stanley and Richard Burton were still living, the memories of David Livingstone and John Speke were still fresh; and the Berlin Africa Conference was taking place just as the novel was going into print. If that's not of interest to you, skip it. Want to curl up with a good book? Here's one for you and your kids.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A grand adventure in the classic tradition, 2. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Taschenbuch)
How happy to see a new edition of H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure of treasure seekers in South Africa! King Solomon's Mines is undeniably one of the most exciting and thrilling adventures I've ever had the pleasure of reading, and I reccommend it to all those who yearn for the days of exploration and discovery. Great fun!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Exciting Adventure, 6. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Puffin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
As an avid fan of Jules Verne's adventures (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, FIVE WEEKS IN A BALOON, etc), I was seeking another author who could take me places in my imagination that I had never experienced before. Here is another one of those authors. H. Rider Haggard's classic KING SOLOMON'S MINES is a fun adventure for just about any reader of any age. Though the adventure will be entertaining for an older child or early teen, it also addresses and portrays events of historical and social interest that will appeal to an adult. The British imperialist attitude is portrayed wonderfully in this tale. Also, the racism that goes hand-in-hand with British imperialism is found throughout the book as the native Africans are often treated like children who need to be cared for by the British. Loaded with realism, history, fun and adventure, KING SOLOMON'S MINES is a winner!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked., 20. August 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Taschenbuch)
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quatemain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

King Solomon's Mines Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked., 19. August 2013
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

King Solomon's Mines Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked, 17. August 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Taschenbuch)
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. He may be a little verbose but every word has a use. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a 300 year old map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

If you get a chance also hear the recording, an added plus is narration by John Richmond; He brings the characters to life and adds to the mystique that this story has been passed down.

If you cannot find a copy of the John Richmond, recording you can use the Kindle 2 text-to speak. It is not as smooth but it is functional.

King Solomon's Mines Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A story of treasure, war, and wild adventure, 21. Mai 2012
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Der 55 jährige Großwildjäger Allain Quartermain lernt auf einer Schiffspassage nach Durban zwei Gentleman kennen: Captain John Good und Sir Henry Curtis. Sir Curtis beauftragt Quartermain ihm bei der Suche nach seinem seit zwei Jahren verschollenen Bruder behilflich zu sein. Nach einem Streit hatte dieser sich auf die Suche nach König Salomons Minen gemacht und war seitdem verschollen.
Nach einigem Zögern willigt Allan ein. Eine Entscheidung, die sein Leben verändern wird, denn dieses Abenteuer ist das Anfang einer großen Männerfreundschaft.

Quartermain der Abenteurer, wer kennt ihn nicht aus dem Fernsehen, vor allem durch die grottig schlechten Filme aus den 80er Jahren. Wer diese Filme kennt und liebt, wird von diesem Buch enttäuscht sein, denn es ist völlig anders, als man sich Quartermain heutzutage vorstellt. Die drei Männer, die hier auf Abenteuerreise gehen sind sehr unterschiedlich und alles andere als Helden. Quartermain hat seine beste Zeit hinter sich. Er ist alleinerziehender Vater, sein Sohn studiert in London Medizin und er sichert daher erst einmal seinen Jungen ab, bevor er dieses Abenteuer antritt, denn " I am a timid man, and dislike violence; moreover, I am almost sick of adventure.[...] I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me." Captain John Good ist stark übergewichtig, ein Dandy, der sehr auf sein Äußeres achtet, ein komplettes Gebiss dritter Zähne hat (dabei ist er erst Mitte Dreißig) und immer seinen Monokel trägt. Sir Henry Curtis hingegen ist ein blonder Hühne, ein Bild von einem Mann.

Quartermain, der dieses Buch verfasst, stellt zu Anfang gleich mal zwei Dinge klar:
1. In diesem Buch gibt es keine Frauen, ok, vielleicht doch, nämlich zwei, Foulata und Gagaoola. Die eine ist aber eine Schwarze und die andere zudem auch noch eine Greisin, eigentlich zählen sie damit nicht.
2. "books are easier to understand when they are written in plain language", um dann seitenweise in einen altertümlichen Shakespearean Schreibstil zu verfallen.

Das Buch ist aus heutiger Sicht aus vielerlei Hinsicht kritisch zu betrachten. Hier ziehen drei Männer aus, schlachten nebenbei mal 9 Elefanten ab, um ihre Stoßzähne als Trophäen zu sichern und danach als weiße Herren mit einigen edlen Schwarzen als Diener durch das Land zu ziehen. Die Ureinwohner werden zwar als Menschen angesehen, fallen aber in die Kategorie edle Wilde ("knew what a wonderful instinct these wild-bred men possess"). Da mag es auch noch so sehr wahre Liebe sein und möglicherweise das Lebensglück eines Mannes zerstören, Quartermain ist der Meinung:
"I consider her removal was a fortunate occurrence, since, otherwise, complications would have been sure to ensue. The poor creature was no ordinary native girl, but a person of great, I had almost said stately, beauty, and of considerable refinement of mind. But no amount of beauty or refinement could have made an entanglement between Good and herself a desirable occurrence; for, as she herself put it, "Can the sun mate with the darkness, or the white with the black?" "

Das stößt heutzutage einfach nur übel auf. Auch wenn man dem Buch zugute legt, dass es damals eben so war, hat das Buch leider noch weitere Probleme. Zum einen ergeht sich der Autor gerne in Details der verwendeten Waffen, was einfach nur gähnend langweilig ist. Erschwerend kommen dann noch die vielen Schlachten und Schlachtenbeschreibungen in dieser Geschichte hinzu, wenn die edlen Wilden in den Krieg ziehen und sich mit Speeren in mutigen Kämpfen dahinschlachten.

Fazit: Ja, Quartermain ist in gewisser Weise ein Prototyp des Indiana Jones. Ja teilweise ist diese Geschichte eine der ersten klassischen Schatzsuchergeschichten komplett mit geheimen Mechanismen, großen Schätzen, unterirdischen Fallen und Labyrinthen. Dazu kommen aber leider noch Kolonialismus und die heute eben etwas anders Sicht auf die Dinge. Das Buch ist ein interessantes Stück Geschichte, streckenweise tatsächlich unterhaltsam, streckenweise aber auch alles andere als unterhaltsam.
Das Buch ist mittlerweile public domain und kann als ebook auf diversen gemeinnützigen Seiten kostenlos heruntergeladen werden.
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