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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.
If you don't mind a little 19th century British lingo, it's a lot of fun.Published 1 day ago by Patrick
Good reading. Not as captivating as I remember when I read it in college.Published 13 days ago by SKATER12
My brother read this book and was so thrilled with it, he convinced me to read it. It had to be a total ground breaker in it's day and definitely did set the stage for authors... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane McMullen
I enjoyed this book and it's characters. I did think the ending was somewhat anti-climatic and that the author is a bit too preachy for my tastes and had to skim over parts of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Dennis