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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.
A most amazing story. I would love to see a modern movie made of this book. What a ride! The visuals are served up on a platter.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Quite a yarn, quite improbable. Worthwhile just for reference made immortal by Rumpole of the Bailey. Be prepared for wordiness and half developed philosophy.Published 1 month ago by Henrietta S. Barbour
An interesting story. I read it after seeing the movie with Ursula Andress. I enjoyed comparing the two and noticing the similarities and differences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evin Thompson
I read this when I was i High School after watching the cheesy TV movie with Ursala Andress. Loved it then, am reading it again - and struggling a bit with the wordiness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Napcat
I loved how the story felt real, as though I were really reading a documentary. I also loved the feeling that it's a never-ending tale.Published 3 months ago by Violethill11
This is an old-fashioned adventure and treasure hunting tale told in archaic and proper British English. But the story is vastly entertaining and exciting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GMAC