King Solomon's Mines [NOOK Book]

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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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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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016721408
  • Publisher: Cricket House Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    My only regret is that I waited thirty-seven years to read this amazing adventure. Unlike most contemporary fiction, the author made me feel as though I were experiencing the story instead of just reading it. Treat yourself to some true story telling.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

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    Before i read this book, i avoided classics like the plague. This was my first classic that i read amd i loved it. I reread it about four times and loved better each time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    An African Adventure

    The main character Allan Quatermain unexpectedly falls into the exploration of a unknown civilization in Africa on a quest to find a missing adventurer and possibly King Soloman's treasure.

    The explorers soon find themselves amidst African kings, tribal warriors, and an elderly sinister seer. The book is filled with adventure and is regarded as one of the best books ever written.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    early pulp

    The start of the Lost World style of fiction, a precursor to the pulp novels to come later - it's a good adventure. A significant portion is taken up with a rather detailed account of military maneuvers in a civil war the heroes find themselves in the middle of, not quite the two-fisted daring that Allan Quartermain holds in the public mind's eye.

    Historically, from a literary point of view, it's very interesting to see the early elements of adventure pulp novels planting their seeds. From a strict story point of view, the narrative occasionally bogs itself down recounting bland details, but still the adventure keeps itself apace and concludes grandly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    A good version

    This book is undoubtedly a classic that started the whole Lost World craze. I got kind of bored reading it. The writing was pretty good, and the plot was really entertaining. Some of the travel parts just dragged on.
    For much of the book I found myself wondering what was so exciting. There are a few humorous parts, like Good walking around with his pants off and being worshiped as a God.
    The end notes helped with the context of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Ther Original Explorer Adventure Novel.

    Sometimes a classic is a classic just because it provides so much entertainment to readers over the years. This is just a good fun read. Don't look for any deep social comment, Just take it as a fun entertaining story in which every guy can think 'I am Allan Quartermain.' This has obviously been the inspiration for so many of the adventure stories that have been written since KIng Solomons Mines publication in the the late 19th century. Just read it, and have fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Exciting and innovative adventure novel

    King Solomon's Mines is a very thrilling book, and contains a number of scenes and ideas that have clearly inspired many other authors and creators. Indeed, the archetype of the cynical, hard-bitten adventurer was created by Haggard, and even modern day heroes such as Indiana Jones owe a great deal of inspiration to Haggard's Alan Quartermain. Unfortunately, like most books from the era that deal with Africa, there is a fair amount of racist/imperialist stereotypes and ideas. However, readers who can overlook these regrettable concepts will find an exciting, rousing and inventive read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Nice,,,, Great...!

    Nice,,,, Great...!

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    Wanted to read this for a long time!

    Was not disappointed. Puts you in Africa in the 19th century in imaginative world and adventure of a life time. This story led the way for all types of adventure books and movies we now enjoy today.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    entertaining

    I love the B&N classics, though it seemed the author intended some humor that the person who wrote the introduction just didn't get.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    I read this many years ago, at age 14, one summer when I had not

    I read this many years ago, at age 14, one summer when I had nothing else to read, and loved it! It was hard to put down. Now of course, we see that it is racist, but it must be read as a period piece, not as a recent publication. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    GREAT CLASSIC!

    This story is a great novel about the original lost people goup andventure book! The one to inspire later stories of War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones, and others. It is an awesome classic to appe to any audience, full of action, fun, and a little bit of romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Terrible Job of Formatting into Nook a great story

    My problem is not with the book, it is with the formatting. I played for a long time, setting my Nook to publisher defaults, etc. and could not get the book to display without run-together words, etc. Not Bowdlerized but quite a mess anyway. Terrible job of creating an e-book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    Everyone should read this book. I believe that everyone should r

    Everyone should read this book. I believe that everyone should read this book because is one one the original action novels, and arguably, the best. It is the best action novel because it uses vivid description, explaining to you the scenery and everything else, so that you develop a good idea of the setting, as well as the characters. At many points in the book, the author sometimes goes into pages of just describing the scenery, such as on page 182. “We hurried to where he was standing in a nook, something like a small bow window. Against the wall of this recess were placed three stone chests, each about two feet square. Two were fitted with stone lids, the lid of the third rested against the side of the chest, which was open.” (Haggard 182). This shows how he goes into deep description over the smallest things, to give you a picture of what he is describing in his mind. doing this makes the book very enjoyable and puts a good picture in your mind.  The author also describes people very well; throughout the book I felt like I was watching a movie as I read. This book is also excellent due to the reader engagement. Allan Quatermain (Narrator), frequently says “my reader” to make it feel as if you were there in a room with him, listening to his story. In addition, King Solomon’s Mines was an outstanding book because of the development of the plot and characterization. The book starts out slowly, and much of it is developing the background, the goal, and protagonists. The antagonists are not just one group of people; as they travel through the mountains there are multiple antagonists, from the weather to ancient native tribes that live there. The main characters are also introduced slowly and elaborately, so you get to feel almost as if you know them personally. For example, in the beginning of this book, Quartermain talks about the interest in going on this trip to find the Mines. He even talks about his son in medical school at home, and how he has to provide for him. You get to know his story, and what he is like personally from a first-hand account.  
    My favorite character is Allan Quatermain. He is my favorite character because of his bravery and concern for those around him. Even when they were in the Treasure Room of Solomon’s Mines, he didn’t treat his companions any differently than he did when they were outside.Haggard also makes his character very normal and human,facing problems that he must overcome in the story like other humans. He shows bravery and loyalty. When their servant Umbopa tells them that he is actually the rightful king, He says that he will loyally fight with him for Umbopa’s position as king. Quartermain shows his bravery when they are in the dark cavern with the dead kings, and keeps going to the treasure room. 
    My favorite quote is from page 188 when they all realize that all the billions of dollars in treasure couldn’t do anything for them, and Allan Quatermain realizes that no matter how rich you are, you can’t bring anything with you when you die. “Truly wealth, which men spend all their lives in acquiring, is a valueless thing at last.” (Haggard 188). This is perhaps one of the best things I have ever read. it says that when you die, you can’t keep any of it. You own nothing, it is all temporary. Allan realizes this as he sits in the Treasure Room, waiting to die in the dark, the richest man in the world. Perhaps Haggard was trying to informhis readers about this when he included that quote. 


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Very good.

    I liked the part about the hunting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Wow!

    I never ever would have thought about reading this. Excellent story, great twist, action, adventure, death, mayhem, who knew?

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    A Fun Book

    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Hag­gard is a novel first pub­lished 1885. This novel is the first to fea­ture adven­turer Alan Quater­main.

    The adven­turer and white Hunter Alan Quater­main is approached by Sir Henry Cur­tis and his friend Cap­tain Good to lead an expe­di­tion into the heart of Africa to find Cur­tis' brother. The brother was in search of the fabled King Solomon's Mines.

    Quater­main, who is in a pos­ses­sion of a map to the mines which he never taken seri­ously, agrees to go but don't think they'll return alive. The adven­tur­ers brave heat, cold, dessert and jun­gle on their arduous journey.

    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Hag­gard is an easy to read, fast paced and light read. The impor­tant thing to remem­ber when read­ing books such as this is not to take them too seriously.

    This is a sim­ple tale, filled with swash­buck­ling adven­tures and explo­rations galore. Some of the book sim­ply drags, other parts are offen­sive in today’s terms (which I don’t hold it against the book) and some parts are sim­ply funny. I espe­cially found the pompous atti­tude of some of the char­ac­ters (mostly Quater­main) hilarious.

    ""How is it, O strangers," asked the old man solemnly, "that this fat man (point­ing to Good, who was clad in noth­ing but boots and a flan­nel shirt, and has only half fin­ished his shav­ing), whose body is clothed, and whose legs are bare, who grows hair on one side of his sickly face and not on the other, and who wears one shin­ing and trans­par­ent eye– how is it, I ask, that he has teeth which move of them­selves, com­ing away from the jaws and return­ing of their own will?"

    Haggard’s tale is cer­tainly writ­ten to tar­get the Britain of the times, colo­nial is big, Africans are belit­tled and the white hunter is all but god among men. Many other adven­ture sto­ries, sans the racism, have used this for­mula where the hero can over­come any odds and still keep a good atti­tude and calm disposition.

    Hag­gard goes into great details about which sup­plies Quater­main and his crew took on their adven­tures, includ­ing the type of wag­ons and even immu­niz­ing cat­tle. I couldn’t decided if these were sim­ply tedious details to ensure some sem­blance of authen­tic or just sheer brag­ging of the author.

    This is not a book for polit­i­cally cor­rect minded peo­ple, the protagonist’s descrip­tion of Africans and ani­mals usu­ally has a neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion to them. Quater­main con­tin­u­ally dis­misses the native pop­u­la­tion as beneath him and/or other Euro­peans. As this is not unex­pected, it is still some­what amus­ing to read how peo­ple thought a few decades ago.

    The book’s premise is that Quater­main is telling this story to his son – some sort of a fire­side story. While it’s a nice intro­duc­tion, it does of course ruins the mys­tery of whether or not he will survive.

    The char­ac­ter­i­za­tion in the novel is not much t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Great

    One of my favs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

    This book is incredible. You feel that you are actulally in the story. Its full of adventure and it keeps you hooked. H. Rider Haggard is an amazing writer and you really should check out his other books, or you could just buy mobilerefernce complete collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    How about a sample of the actual book not just the intro?

    Bn rip off

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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