- Series: Great Illustrated Classics
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Waldman Publishing Corp. (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603400737
- ISBN-13: 978-1603400732
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King Solomon's Mines (Great Illustrated Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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I grew up on the movie so it was quite a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning, there are no petticoat women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You cannot miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. In addition, as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find white people must have built many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction and natives on their own may turn savage.
Allan Quartermain tells the story in first person. 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.
An added plus is narration by John Richmond; He brings the characters to life and adds to the mystique that this story has been passed down.
King Solomon's Mines
The "illustrated" nature of this book is a joke. There are pictures included between some chapters, but those pictures had absolutely nothing to do with the plot in the book.
_Hamlet_, an audience member was heard complaining: "All
he did was just string together a bunch of cliches!"
To some extent, _King Solomon's Mines_ has suffered a
similar fate. Modern audiences, jaded with inferior
reproductions, may groan when the English explorers awe the
natives by--with the help of an almanac and a solar
eclipse--darkening the sun. The convenient death of
inconvenient characters may seem contrived at time, and the
mystical gadgets of ancient civilizations have been so
thoroughly explored by Indiana Jones and his like that
you might wonder why you should bother to read the original
In the end, _King Solomon's Mines_ is more than the sum of
its narrow scrapes, noble savages and Biblical booty.
Haggard's masterful and often-underrated characterization
lets him weave a telling commentary about race and class
into the words of his unwitting narrator--while still
entertaining as only he can. Unlike some of his
contemporaries' mindless colonial jingoism, Haggard treats
his black characters as more than obstacles to be
overcome, and entertains the idea that English society
might be less than perfect after all. While not as
ambitious in its social commentary as my favorite Haggard
book, _She_, _King Solomon's Mines_ still leaves the reader
with something to think about, as well as being a good
adventure story in its own right.
The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. 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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it! It was a hearty adventure of mythical proportions with just enough historicity to make you half believe it was true.Published on May 16, 2014 by jimmy
I have read Rider Haggard a long time ago and he is a writer that you never get tired ofPublished on December 15, 2013 by Donald Campton