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She
     

She

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by H. Rider Haggard
 

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ISBN-13:
978-1461139645

ISBN-10:
1461139643

She, subtitled A History of Adventure, is a novel by Henry Rider Haggard, first serialized in The Graphic magazine from October 1886 to January 1887. She is one of the classics of imaginative literature, and with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages, one of the best-selling books of

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ISBN-13:
978-1461139645

ISBN-10:
1461139643

She, subtitled A History of Adventure, is a novel by Henry Rider Haggard, first serialized in The Graphic magazine from October 1886 to January 1887. She is one of the classics of imaginative literature, and with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages, one of the best-selling books of all time. Extraordinarily popular upon its release, She has never been out of print. According to the literary historian Andrew M. Stauffer, "She has always been Rider Haggard's most popular and influential novel, challenged only by King Solomon's Mines in this regard".

The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There, they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful "She", or "She-who-must-be-obeyed". In this work, Rider Haggard developed the conventions of the Lost World sub-genre, which many later authors emulated.

She is placed firmly in the imperialist literature of nineteenth-century England, and inspired by Rider Haggard's experiences of South Africa and British colonialism. The story expresses numerous racial and evolutionary conceptions of the late-Victorians, especially notions of degeneration and racial decline prominent during the fin de siècle. In the figure of She, the novel notably explored themes of female authority and feminine behaviour. It has received praise and criticism alike for its gendered representation of womanhood.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012516893
Publisher:
Zuubooks.com
Publication date:
04/29/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
225
File size:
300 KB

Meet the Author

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English author of adventure novels set in exotic locales, predominantly Africa. King Solomon’s Mines, one of his best-known books, details the life of the explorer Allan Quartermain. She: A History of Adventure followed, introducing the character Ayesha. While much of Haggard’s reputation stems from those two books and their subsequent series, he also wrote nonfiction and short stories.

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She (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free ebook edition obtained via books buddy app. While it is nice to see works made available in ebook format, the edition of this book was converted very poorly. Obviously a former library book from Cornell (complete with a page of due date stamps and cancellations,) this edition was, for all intents and purposes, unreadable due to a poor and apparently completely unlooked at OCR conversion after scanning. A cursory scan of just the table of contents and first page should have led to another attempt instead of release of this work in its mangled, unreadable form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story that will take you on a journey to both the darkest and most beautiful landscapes you're ever apt to read about. The epic journey, adversity against impossible odds, and romantic tones might remind you of The Lord of the Rings series. I have no qualm with the story itself, but I found its format to be tough to read on my nook. The footnotes were hard to follow, as they were often written out three or four pages later, and the illustrations in the text itself did not translate onto the nook reader.
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This version is copied in a way that introduces many very distracting typos.
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kamas716 More than 1 year ago
While I like the overall story, I found it a little tedious at times. There is a little too much exposition for my taste. Once we get to meet SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED it moves along much faster, but that isn't until almost half way into the story. Before that is several pages of Greek and Latin and also pages of untranslated characters that the nook doesn't recognize (supposed to be Egyptian hieroglyphs possibly). I think it's more a style of writing of that time that I find somewhat tedious, though I don't remember it being so prominent in King Solomon's Mines. It's a good story, if you can get through the first half.
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This book is teribble no wonder it is free it suks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me make it clear that I am reviewing the abridged audio cassette version of She that was recorded by the Caedmon Players and in which Kathleen Turner plays the role of She. I usually try to avoid abridged audio cassette versions of novels. Having read the original and found it to be slow going, it occurred to me that this might be an improvement with She. And that was a correct assumption. Victorian adventure novels often got bogged down in descriptive detail that made them serve a secondary purpose as travelogues. She fits into that model rather nicely with great amounts of detail about the imaginary African tribe of the Amahaggers. Pared down, the Amahaggers enhance the main story in this version. The book opens as Horace Holly's dying friend begs Horace to take on the task of raising the friend's five-year-old son and preparing him for a challenge when he becomes twenty-five. Since Horace is an honest, hard-working sort and the position pays well, it is an easy decision. Horace and the boy, Leo, quickly become close, and Leo treats him like a favorite uncle. On Leo's twenty-fifth birthday, they open a mysterious chest that Leo's father has left in Horace's care. Eventually, this reveals an ancient story from Leo's family written on a potshard. On the potshard, there seems to be information about the potential for discovering the secret of eternal life. This requires a trek to Africa. Along the way, Leo falls gravely ill but they are rescued by the Amahaggers who have ordered by She-who-is-to-be-obeyed not to hurt them. The rest of the story unweaves the fantasy tale of how the 2,000 year old Ayesha, She-who-is-to-be-obeyed, became connected to Leo's family. Ayesha is a little out of date in her preferences, still being an Egyptian-style autocrat with a taste for the macabre. I wouldn't have gone out with her on a second date myself, no matter how beautiful she was. The Gloria Swanson role in Sunset Boulevard is evoked in She. The recording made me feel young again. I remember listening to radio stories like this one as a child (yes, I'm a pre-television-aged person). The sound effects and music are terrific, and add greatly to the performance. Ms. Turner is very electric as She. She has the same alluring vocal quality that made her irresistible in Body Heat. The only jarring note was that I had not expected the Egyptian temptress, Ayesha, to have a distinctly Southern accent. But I soon got over that. The story is an interesting one, because it builds around the potential of having a world in which women rule by right. That theme was most appropriate for Queen Victoria's time, and the novel considers the Amahaggers, She, and Queen Victoria as alternative models of female leadership. Because of our current enthusiasm for equal opportunity for the sexes, the book is more contemporary in its social commentary than you might think. I saw a parallel in She's overwhelming impact on men to the tragedies that often befall female movie stars who have similar appeals, such as Marilyn Monroe. Clearly, the message that emerges is that a balance between women and men is better than either the male or the female dominated society. A good thing to think about a
Leah Marks More than 1 year ago
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