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King Solomon's Mines (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Henry Rider Haggard , Rachel Lay
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King Solomon's Mines (1885) is a popular novel by the Victorian adventure writer and fabulist Sir H. Rider Haggard. It tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

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?A peculiarly thrilling and vigorous tale of adventure.? ?Andrew Lang --Review

A peculiarly thrilling and vigorous tale of adventure. Andrew Lang --Andrew Lang

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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVKW40C
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Enjoyment in this Classic Adventure Story June 12, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading "King Solomon's Mines" reminded me of the joke about the guy who sees his first Shakespere play, and when asked what he thought of it, said, "real good, but so many cliches". So it is with this classic adventure story: so much of the action and plot devices were similar to what I remembered from other adventure stories (and comic books and movies), yet Rider Haggard came decades earlier. Here is one of the prototypes (along with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", written just a few years earlier) of the modern adventure-action story. There is lots to admire in this well crafted story: great action, excitement, characters, and exotic locations. If there's a kid you know that only wants to watch television or play video games, read this book with him or her. It shows what words on a page can do in the imagination of the reader.
It is also interesting to see the book in its historical perspective. "King Solomon's Mines", 1885, records European ignorance of and fascination with Africa, which was still partly (as Joseph Conrad later called it in "Heart of Darkness") a blank area on the map: The source of the Nile had been discovered only two decades earlier; Henry Stanley and Richard Burton were still living, the memories of David Livingstone and John Speke were still fresh; and the Berlin Africa Conference was taking place just as the novel was going into print. If that's not of interest to you, skip it. Want to curl up with a good book? Here's one for you and your kids.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked. November 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quatemain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

King Solomon's Mines Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In it's class, five stars! January 29, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I formerly rated this one at only four stars since it lacks "gravitas" and is basically a pure, escapist tale. I thought that made it too light for the heady draught of five star-ism. But on reflection I think I was too harsh. The book does have staying power in my memory. So here goes.

Surely a classic, this was Haggard's first foray into the literary field -- to prove he could do it better than some of his contemporaries. Having spent time in South Africa as a minor civil servant, he drew on his experiences of that land to impart a feel for the country in this short, but by no means small, tale of treasure hunting and adventure among unknown and exotic peoples. This is the story of an over the hill "white hunter" taken into the service of two English gentlemen seeking the brother of one of them, who had disappeared years before on the edge of a great desert in vain (or perhaps not so vain) pursuit of the fabled mines of King Solomon. Along the way they are joined by an enigmatic native guide who is much more than what he seems as they stumble across previously unexplored (at least by Europeans) tracts of Africa and into a lost nation related, apparently, to the Zulus of southern Africa whom the English of that day so feared and respected. Drawn at once into the internal politics of these people and overawing them w/their European technology, they are soon in deadly peril from the cruel king of that country and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne.

But there's no use telling too much of a tale like this in a review -- the interested reader is urged to read it for him or herself. It's adventure in strange parts, for those with a taste to see how the great ones, like Haggard, did it.

SWM
The King of Vinland's Saga
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure tale February 7, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had heard of King Solomon's Mines my entire life but never read it. Now I know what I'd been missing. H. Rider Haggard's breakout novel is a grand, enjoyable adventure, a sort of Indiana Jones prototype from the great age of Victorian imperialism.

The narrator, Allan Quatermain, is a middle-aged big game hunter who has somehow managed to survive decades in the African wilderness. His name is known far and wide, and as a result he is approached by a pair of men with an unusual proposition. One of the men, Sir Henry Curtis, has lost an estranged brother whom he believes was searching for the legendary diamond mines of King Solomon. Quatermain just happens to possess a map and some personal knowledge of the legends, and with a deal in place to grant him half of the diamonds--should they find some as well as Curtis's brother--he agrees to join them on the journey.

Naturally, a great deal more happens to the party than they originally expected. Elephant hunts, witchcraft, and tribal warfare complicate their quest, but in the end all works out well--if unexpectedly--for most involved. Quatermain recounts the tale in a rapid, exciting manner that gripped me from the first chapter. This is one of a very few books I've read in a single day.

This Penguin Classics edition of King Solomon's Mines reproduces the first edition text of Haggard's novel. As an appendix, a heavily-revised chapter from later editions is offered as a point of comparison with the original. The editor's notes are good, though they failed to explain one or two minor things and missed some rather obvious historical allusions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent action classic...
We read this over a month, reading a portion each night to our girls (ages 12 and 10). We were entertained by the story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by John Heathcote
2.0 out of 5 stars but it had some good qualities despite the racist mindset of the time
A decent enough adventure story that is sadly mired with more than a tinge of racism. It tool me awhile to read it, but it had some good qualities despite the racist mindset of... Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Iblings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could not put it down. I needed to see what happened.
Published 15 days ago by Roger Cambron
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
A rousing good tale with lots of action. It is written in old style English that might make it hard reading for modern young people. Read more
Published 22 days ago by arizona4570
3.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure story.
King Solomon's Mines chronicles the adventures of three white men and their native African slave. The story is in the same vein as Treasure Island and Tarzan of the Apes. Read more
Published 28 days ago by K. Spangler
3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Font!
Am giving it 3 stars only because the font in the printed book is so small I almost needed a magnifying glass to read it and it gave me a headache. Find a different copy!
Published 1 month ago by Trace
3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid Prose
Despite the theatrical histrionics implied by the title the story moves ahead at a snail's pace. There are occasional passages, which if developed more thoroughly would have led to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred G
1.0 out of 5 stars Good book, just not this copy
Font is way too small, about a times new roman 6. Difficult to read due to small font. Purchase a different copy of this book.
Published 1 month ago by Dominic Risko
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic adventure story which may not translate to kids today
Re-reading the favorite books of your youth is a risky business. Very often, the wonders you once saw sadly wither under a different and more jaded eye. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B McC
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I loved it! It was a hearty adventure of mythical proportions with just enough historicity to make you half believe it was true.
Published 2 months ago by jimmy
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