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Tim Stout writes, in Horror: 100 Best Books, "As the plot takes hold one has the fancy that [Ayesha] had always existed, in some dark dimension of the imagination, and that [H. Rider] Haggard was the fortunate author to whom she chose to reveal herself." Haggard did, in fact, write this book in a six-week burst of feverish inspiration: "It came faster than my poor aching hand could set it down," he later said.
This edition of the 1887 classic features an introductory essay by literary critic Regina Barreca, who likens Ayesha to Flaubert's Madame Bovary or Tolstoy's Anna Karenina--"literally fantastic female figures who must be stopped before they love again." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved the movie, so I finally read the book... As usual, the book is quite a bit different and much better. Also read book 2... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rhonda G
Really weird book. But interesting. I like an old book with powerful female characters.Published 9 days ago by ECS
Dated but classic adventure tale. "She who must be obeyed". Lost civilizations and the age old quest for love a immortality.Published 13 days ago by carter paden
The story seems like it is going to be great! But I cannot read the book because the print is so small. Really, like I am shocked at how small the print is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sean
If you don't mind a little 19th century British lingo, it's a lot of fun.Published 2 months ago by Patrick
Good reading. Not as captivating as I remember when I read it in college.Published 2 months ago by SKATER12