When the World Shook

When the World Shook

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by H. Rider Haggard
     
 

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Bickley, Bastin and Arbuthnot encounter the strange tribe of Orofena and the terrible secrets of the underworld in this adventurous, enigmatic story of a seemingly dead, uninhabited city from one of the great masters of science fiction.

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Bickley, Bastin and Arbuthnot encounter the strange tribe of Orofena and the terrible secrets of the underworld in this adventurous, enigmatic story of a seemingly dead, uninhabited city from one of the great masters of science fiction.

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""If this is pulp fiction it's high pulp: a Wagnerian opera of an adventure tale, a B-movie humanist apocalypse and chivalric romance."" - Lydia Millet

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ISBN-13:
9781587157479
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
11/13/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Think of them! The unmeasured space of blackness threaded by those globes of ghastly incandescence that now hung a while and now shot upwards, downwards, across, apparently without origin or end, like a stream of meteors that had gone mad. Then the travelling mountain, two thousand feet in height, or more, with its enormous saucer-like rim painted round with bands of lurid red and blue, and about its grinding foot the tulip bloom of emitted flame. Then the fierce-faced Oro at his post, his hand upon the rod, waiting, remorseless, to drown half of this great world, with the lovely Yva standing calm-eyed like a saint in hell and watching me above the edge of the shield which such a saint might bear to turn aside the fiery darts of the wicked. And lastly we three men flattened terror-stricken, against the wall.

Nightmare! Imagination! No, these pale before that scene which it was given to our human eyes to witness.

And all the while, bending, bowing towards us — away from us — making obeisance to the path in front as though in greeting, to the path behind as though in farewell; instinct with a horrible life, with a hideous and gigantic grace, that titanic Terror whirled onwards to the mark of fate.

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If this is pulp fiction it’s high pulp: a Wagnerian opera of an adventure tale, a B-movie humanist apocalypse and chivalric romance. When the World Shookhas it all — English gentlemen of leisure, devastating shipwrecks, volcanic tropical islands inhabited by cannibals, ancient princesses risen from the grave, and if that weren’t enough a friendly, ongoing debate between a godless materialist and a devout Christian. H. Rider Haggard’s rich universe is both profoundly camp and deeply idealistic.—Lydia Millet

Meet the Author

Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre. Ayesha, the female protagonist of She, has been cited as a prototype by psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. His most famous, King Solomon's Mines is a story that has universal interest, for grown-ups as well as youngsters.

His novels She, Allan Quatermain, Ayesha, The Return of She and King Solomon's Mines are considered as all time best ever adventure novels.

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When the World Shook 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very well written and it told a very good story as well as some thrillers and twists. The author did a very fine job of telling the tale.
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Umm this book is really good
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Is it good
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Its ok