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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1161426779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1161426779
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s.ferber on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Almost 120 years before British author J.K. Rowling faced the pressure and the problem of how to follow a string of phenomenally successful novels, another British writer was faced with the same dilemma. H. Rider Haggard, between the years 1885 and 1887, had come out with four of the most popular novels of the late Victorian era: "King Solomon's Mines" (1885); its tremendous sequel, "Allan Quatermain" (1887); an extremely popular (and excellent) novel of the first Boer War, but one which is largely forgotten today, "Jess" (1887); and the seminal fantasy "She" (also 1887...quite a year for H. Rider!). And so...what to do next? Well, rather than dive back into the realm of action, lost races and fantasy, Haggard instead opted to tell a more realistic tale in his next novel, "Colonel Quaritch, V.C.," which first saw the light of day in March 1888. Subtitled "A Tale of Country Life," the book tells the story of retired Army officer Harold Quaritch, who moves into his deceased aunt's home in the village of Honham and is soon embroiled in a romance and involved with the area's assorted characters. We are introduced to James de la Molle, the elderly nearby squire whose ancestral estate is about to be foreclosed; Ida, his daughter, who becomes romantically involved with Quaritch; Edward Cossey, a wealthy banker who is coercing Ida into marrying him; William Quest, a scheming lawyer whose wife is having an affair with Cossey; and George, the de la Molle family retainer, who, in the Haggard tradition of humorous but shrewd servants, saves the day on more than one occasion. The author keeps his stewpot simmering with these interesting main characters, and throws in a shooting match, a raging Christmas storm, a murder attempt, blackmail, and a treasure hunt to keep things interesting.Read more ›
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By Abby on December 28, 2008
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Every once in a while, I come across a story that I get completely engrossed in--Colonel Quaritch was one such book. I was captivated by the depth of character that was represented. Each one different. With all that is good and not in human nature. I don't have very much time to read, but this was one book that I thoroughly enjoyed. From the woman's point of view, it had the romance I enjoyed. The struggle to do what is right even in the face of giving up your own happiness--unselfishness. Our family owns a great many H. Rider Haggard books. This was my first experience in reading one of his works. I am glad that I did. It was a great escape. Enjoy!!
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