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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.
Re-reading a book which I remember as a rattling yarn (I was a teenager when I first read it), I'm impressed by the philosophies expressed through the adventures, particularly the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Heidi Basch
A classic worth reverting to after reading a lot of contemporary authors.
This book keeps the reader interested and curious to the end, after which the reader just had to go... Read more
Haggard is no Edgar Rice Burroughs, but his writing is along the same line. This book is the origin for the phrase "she who must be obeyed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Lawton
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 3 months ago by Rhonda G