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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published March 7th 2010 by General Books (first published 1888)
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Sylvester
Aug 11, 2016 Sylvester rated it liked it
Sneaky, conniving characters - there are several in this book. Strong female characters, too. Kept me going tickety-boo until the last third of the book which seemed to plateau.
George
Nov 17, 2016 George rated it liked it
This is not a typical adventure book yet it is full of mystery and intrigue including a coerced marriage, bigotry, adultery, murder, buried treasure and a love story! The tale of an aristocratic British family’s struggles to survive in the late 19th Century and retain their several hundred year old estate. There are plots and counter plots as various people scheme to achieve their ends and one very underestimated loyal servant.

I would have given the story at least another star, but found too mu
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Sandy
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Almost 120 years before British author J.K. Rowling faced the pressure and the problem of how to follow a string of phenomenally successful novels, another British writer was faced with the same dilemma. H. Rider Haggard, between the years 1885 and 1887, had come out with four of the most popular novels of the late Victorian era: "King Solomon's Mines" (1885); its tremendous sequel, "Allan Quatermain" (1887); an extremely popular (and excellent) novel of the first Boer War, but one which is ...more
Todd
Jan 06, 2014 Todd rated it really liked it
Haggard is best known for his adventure novels such as "King Solomon's Mines" and the other Allan Quatermain (a 19th century precursor to Indiana Jones) novels. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find this one was nothing like them. In fact, even though his adventure novels were HUGE hits back in his day, I really felt this novel was far superior to his usual fair.

Do you want strong heroes and heroines? This book has them. Do you want lots of sneaky, almost Dickensian-like villains? This book ha
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Sydney
Jan 24, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
I love this book, partly because it's so deliciously late-Victorian drama, partly because it came with illustrations! An amusing mystery with a rain-soaked embrace (shocking!) an arranged marriage and buried treasure! What more could one ask for?!
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May 11, 2015 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This tale was quite different from the usual Haggard adventures, though not as dramatic, the plot was rather well presented and the character array well conceived... It contains all the elements of a great novel which keeps you in suspense and hungry for the climax...
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

His breakout novel was King Solomon
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