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Haggard's characters are lovable. It is what makes his stories so effective. If you don't genuinely care about the characters, then you won't care about all the dangers they encounter. Watching Leonard, Juanna, and Otter face death over and over is gripping because you like them.
Haggard's settings are fantastic! He really knew how to create a vivid fantasy world. His descriptions are carefully integrated into the plot too. At one point in the novel, Leonard (a "guest" of the People of the Mist) is led by natives through a dark tunnel to a wide-open space in pitch blackness. Leonard can hear the sound of water rushing as if far below. He can hear the murmuring of crowds of natives as though from afar. Leonard waits the coming dawn when the natives will perform a ritual. How Haggard slowly doles out information as the dawn slowly breaks is amazing. While it is still dark, Leonard probes around with his foot. He discovers that about 2 feet in front of him is a drop-off. Then as the light begins to dawn, he can see that he is suspended far above the ground with snow capped mountains all around. Then as the light increases, he realizes he is standing on the outstretched palm of a huge monstrous idol he had seen from far off. The palm isn't nearly large enough for comfort, and a hundred feet below him is a river and a crowd of natives.Read more ›
1. Like a black and white movie from the 30's, "People of the Mist" is very much a product of its time. The age of the book is well evidenced not only in its language (some of which is archaic) or in its Victorian-era descriptions of the interactions between the characters (particularly the heroine and all of the men), but also, in some of its cringe-inducing stereotypes (including those of jews and blacks). (I do note that some of these stereotypes were actually cartoonishly positive, so I am not suggesting the author was seeking to insult any racial group). In any event, for me, these stereotypes are neither good nor bad, but instead, are reflective of an era happily now gone by.
2. In many spots, this novel is a "rollicking good time." The author was quite talented in relating action sequences, some of which were very exciting, and kept me up way past my bedtime.
3. I often laugh at novels which contain idealized character descriptions (both positive and negative)--be they regarding physical, intellectual, spiritual or other characteristics. This is very much one of those novels. So the heroine is "the most beautiful," the black dwarf slave is "the most brave," and the african king is "the most ethical and honorable." Again, not good or bad, but a stylistic device reflective of the genre.
4. One of my favorite parts of the book were the descriptions of the various motivations and dealings of the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written as if the story were being recited orally as stories were once told. The plot was constantly moving, describing fantastical things that were close enough to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tamara R Levien
Surprisingly progressive for its time. Great descriptions and many twists and turns to the story. Kept me interested the whole way through!Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
There were times in life when I lived in a world where my life was I danger while searching for treasure. While theirs was greater risk it stirred old memories.Published 3 months ago by gold miner
The whole time i read this book, i kept seeing it in either black and white or Technicolor. It played out like a movie from the 40'a or 50s. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pen Name
Typical of H Rider Haggard,steadfast hero,beautiful strong willed heroine with lashings of excitement,action and reading enjoyment! Read morePublished 4 months ago by M Paterson
It was like finding the lost mine, or discovering money hidden in the pages of an old book! The People of the Mist was a wonderful discovery. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Don Kellough
Great read. Like to see this in Movie format. Considering it was written in the early 20th Century.Published 5 months ago by Randy K
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