Allan Quatermain

Allan Quatermain

by H. Rider Haggard


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Once more Allan Quatermain and his companions set out for Africa, this time in search of a white race reputed to live north of Mount Kenia. They survive fierce encounters with Masai warriors, undergo a terrifying subterranean journey, and discover a lost civilization before being caught up in a passionate love-triangle that engulfs the country in a ferocious civil war. Haggard not only narrates his story with wonderfully dramatic and poetic touches, but also reveals many Victorian preoccupations with evolution and race, sexuality, and the 'New Woman'.

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ISBN-13: 9780368689444
Publisher: Blurb, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2019
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English adventure writer.

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posed to have its home somewhere up in this direction, and I have a mind to see if there is any truth in them. If you fellows like to come, well and good; if not, I'll go alone." " I'm your man, though I don't believe in your white race," said Sir Henry Curtis, rising and placing his arm upon my shoulder. " Ditto," remarked Good ; " I'll go into training at once. By all means let's go to Mt. Kenia and the other place with an unpronounceable name, and look for a white race that does not exist. It's all one to me." " When do you propose to start?" asked Sir Henry. " This day month," I answered, " by the British India steamboat ; and don't you be so certain that things don't exist because you do not happen to have heard of them. Remember King Solomon's Mines." Some fourteen weeks or so had passed since the date of this conversation, and this history goes on its way in very different surroundings. After much deliberation and inquiry we came to the conclusion that our best starting-point for Mt. Kenia would be from the neighborhood of the mouth of the Tana River, and not from Mombasa, a place over one hundred miles nearer Zanzibar. This conclusion we arrived at from information given to us by a German trader whom we met upon the steamer at Aden. I think that he was the dirtiest German I ever knew ; but he was a good fellow, and gave us a great deal of valuable information. " Lamu," said he, "you goes to Lamuoh ze beautiful place !" and he turned up his fat face and beamed with mild rapture. " One year and a half I live there and never change my shirt never at all." And so it came to pass that on arriving at the island we disembarked with all our goods and chattels, and not knowing whereto go, marched boldly up to the house of her Majesty's consul, where we were ...

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Allan Quatermain 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Insidekitty83 More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the novel itself is exemplary, but it would seem that the scanner of this book simply scanned and published the electronic copy without so much as a cursory glance to fix any mistakes and mis-prints. Truly it was painful to try to read the unintelligible text that had been mis-copied so badly that many lines were simply a collection of random symbols. To the person who scanned this book: if you cannot take this task seriously, then desist in your mutilation of this fine series of books and go play checkers. 
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to the much more famous King Solomon's Mines. Very much in the same vein.Alan Quatermain - the 'hero' from KSM, is bored. He's been back in civilised and genteel england for a few years. Unfortunetly his son much loved son dies in the intervening period - from smallpox - And he concieves a yearning to return to the wilderness of Africa and the udulation of the natives. Fortunetly his old friends the irrepresible Cook and Curtis also feel similarly inclined. Quartermain remembers an old tale told to him of a tribe of "white" natives who live far out in central africa, and this seems like a suitable target for them to aim for. Hence various adventures occur and a chance meeting with an old friend the Zulu Umslopogaas provides the necessary background to help ensure that the White men and the natives are suitably contrasted - very much a product of the era it was written in. There are the usual diversions with pretty women, scheming priests and just about everything you would expect from an adventure story, including of course graphically bloody massacres, and heoric deeds. Many of the trials they undergo seem to be quite realistic - porters deserting a group was a common hazard for example. The river through the mountain wasn't actually too unbelivable, although the gas jet was just bizarre.In today's world it is of course horrendously stereotypical and often racist, but at the time it was written, it must have been close to how Africa was percieved, a mysterious continent far away, full of savages and strange possabilities. Only Alan Quatermain himself gets drawn into the story, even his closest aquaintances remain very much 2D shadows to accompany him, but we do get quit a bit of insight into Alan's view of events and the people around him, which is often dryly amusing. The pacing is excellant, and the story rushes along from one place to the next with suitable pauses for the characters and the reader to refresh themselves. There is some trully obvious foreshadowing, but the account is supposed to have been diary entries from AQ written after his travels, so in some respects this is excuseable. Overal, enjoyable, not as thrilling as KSMs, but another quick fun read highlighting the social differences between the 1880s and today...............................................
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to disagree with the previous review... I found this book very entertaining, and although it reflects the values from a century ago, it isn't racist by a long shot.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book full of presumptions and condescending attitudes towards the Natives and aboriginal communities. What strikes the reader is the fixed idea that Allain has about race mating. It also raises Shakesperian issues like problems confronted (or to be confronted) by people from different cultures and races who intend to mate. The view that the sun connot mate with darkness is very strong in the book. Even in terms of the common Man in the West, this attitudes is based on class, cast, race and prejudice. But beyond this, the story seems to have its entertaining aspect.