King Solomon's Mines: The Exciting Story of Allan Quatermain and His Search for the Fabled Mines

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"King Solomon's Mines," by H. Rider Haggard, has entertained generations of readers since it was first published in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quatermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds. A grand,
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"King Solomon's Mines," by H. Rider Haggard, has entertained generations of readers since it was first published in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quatermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds. A grand, enjoyable adventure, "King Solomon's Mines" was H. Rider Haggard's breakout novel--a sort of Indiana Jones prototype from the great age of Victorian imperialism. Allan Quatermain, is a middle-aged big game hunter who has somehow managed to survive decades in the African wilderness. Known far and wide, Quatermain finds himself 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 he agrees to join them on the journey. Elephant hunts, witchcraft, and tribal warfare complicate their quest, but in the end all works out well for most involved. Overall, King Solomon's Mines is a great adventure story for readers of all ages, with well-drawn characters and exciting episodes on every page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452826059
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a founder of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform around the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. Haggard is most famous as the author of the novels King Solomon's Mines and its sequel Allan Quatermain, and She and its sequel Ayesha, swashbuckling adventure novels set in the context of the Scramble for Africa (the action of Ayesha however happens in Tibet). Hugely popular King Solomon's Mines is sometimes considered the first of the Lost World genre. She is generally considered to be one of the classics of imaginative literature and with 83 million copies sold by 1965, it is one of the best-selling books of all time. He is also remembered for Nada the Lily (a tale of adventure among the Zulus) and the epic Viking romance, Eric Brighteyes. While his novels portray many of the stereotypes associated with colonialism, they are unusual for the degree of sympathy with which the native populations are portrayed. Africans often play heroic roles in the novels, although the protagonists are typically, though not invariably, European. Notable examples are the heroic Zulu warrior Umslopagas and Ignosi, the rightful king of Kukuanaland, in King Solomon's Mines. Having developed an intense mutual friendship with the three Englishmen who help him regain his throne, he accepts their advice and abolishes witch-hunts and arbitrary capital punishment. Three of his novels are written in collaboration with his friend Andrew Lang who shared his interest in the spiritual realm and paranormal phenomena. Haggard also wrote about agricultural and social reform, in part inspired by his experiences in Africa, but also based on what he saw in Europe. At the end of his life he was a staunch opponent of Bolshevism, a position he shared with his friend Rudyard Kipling. The two had bonded upon Kipling's arrival at London in 1889 largely on the strength of their shared opinions, and the two remained lifelong friends.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Ok book

    This was a ok book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    I LIKED IT

    A classic thriller, reputation deserved!

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    Posted July 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    The best book ever

    Wish i could give it one million stars

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Wonderful adventure story.

    No one can beat the old books written so long ago. A great adventure and a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    A Great Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a classic adventure story that a lot of more modern books/movies are based on. If you like adventure stories, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Good book

    Some words mispelled, but hey, it's free. A great story. Very exciting

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    Timeless Adventure

    Should you be familiar with the Stewart Granger/Deborah Kerr movie version of this novel. As Al Jolson told my grandmother: "You ain't seen anything yet", or in this case read.

    The quest for the legendary diamond mine of King Solomon revolves around finding out what happened to the younger brother of Sir Henry Curtis. H. Rider Haggard's novel takes the reader from a chance meeting on board a ship off the coast of Africa to the far interior of what was once known as the Dark Continent. The reader will find adventure enough as men are torn apart by bull elephants, fight the thirst of the desert sun, climb the twin peaks known as Sheba's Breasts in a quest for diamonds that could destroy the World's economy, if the legend is true. Led by the Elephant Hunter Allan Quartermain. Dr. Good and Sir Henry Curtis are joined by the mysterious Zulu servant who seems to know more about their journey and its destination then they do. Reader enjoy a story written in the 1880's that is as fresh as an Indiana Jones adventure today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Great story, iffy copy quality

    This story is a classic, still as entertaining today as it was when it was written. The problem lies with the google books copy here. Many of the words and punctuation marks are misinterpreted and in the middle of pages, the headers and footers from the old copy, including the wrong page numbers pop up. I have read several of the free google downloads and found the quality of this one to be worse than others. You can still follow the story along but it would be worth the 99 cents to get a clean copy.

    I never understood why google books didn't have some kind of system where readers could flag or report errors. What is the point of digitally preserving scanning errors for future generations?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Three dauntless men face off against big game

    Set in nineteenth century Africa, King Solomon's Mines by Sir Henry Rider Haggard is an adventure novel about an expedition searching for the legendary lost mines of King Solomon. Three dauntless men face off against big game, the ruthless King Twala of Kukuanaland, the king's crafty henchwoman Gagoola, and more. Like all Naxos audiobooks, King Solomon's Mines blends the exciting saga with classical music. Narrator Bill Homewood applies his expertise in radio, television, film, and stage to this dramatic presentation. 3 CDs, 3 hour 50 min.

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