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Hunter Quatermain's Story: The Uncollected Adventures of Allan Quartermain
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories are exciting for their tales of adventure and danger in The Dark Continent. They are takes of danger, hardship, and love and lost. Quartermain is a tragic hero, eventually becoming wealthy, but always at a great loss-- his son, his wife, and eventually his own life in the Africa that he loved with all of his heart. Shadows of this lie in all of the stories, and Mr. Haining has thoughtfully added a chronological list of the Quatermain stories.
Also, Rider Haggard made something of an enigma himself. He writes of the African people as most British writers of his day, in a somewhat prejudiced manner, even using the ugly "n" word. (To the British of that period, ALL colored races were inferior and generally refered to thus, such as Natives of India, China, and North and South America.)Yet Haggard praises the nobility of the black races, and one short story Magepa the Buck, tells of a black man who gives his life that his grandson might live. In the front of the story, Quatermain states that such a man makes him proud of the human race. Hardly the words of a truly prejudiced man.
The Raven has always felt that Rider Haggard was a writer truly ahead of his time in accepting that all men were worthy, none inferior. Kudus to Rider Hagard and to Peter Haining for this most excellent book! Quoth the Raven...
Allan does come along and fills them in on another story with not the happiest ending, with elephants, a black maned lion, and a buffalo.