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Finished (Allan Quatermain #9)

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You, my friend, into whose hand, if you live, I hope these scribblings of mine will pass one day, must well remember the 12th of April of the year 1877 at Pretoria. Sir Theophilus Shepstone, or Sompseu, for I prefer to call him by his native name, having investigated the affairs of the Transvaal for a couple of months or so, had made up his mind to annex that country to th ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by 1st World Library (first published 1917)
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Aug 23, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Finished" comprises the third book in H. Rider Haggard's so-called Zulu trilogy, the first two novels being "Marie" and "Child of Storm." This is a magnificent set of books that deals with the downfall of the Zulu people, as personally witnessed by Allan Quatermain, the hero of 14 of Haggard's novels, including "King Solomon's Mines." "Finished" has all the elements that Haggard's fans have come to expect from him: a great and fast-moving story, scenes of big-game hunting, interesting and amusi ...more
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Apr 24, 2012 John Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best if the Alan Quartermain books, at least that I have read to date. it is the third book of the story, but can be read as a stand alone story. I do suggest that you do read this series of stories as written by the author, as it does provide for the greatest enjoyment of this timeless work! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, characterizations and writing that the author wove so skillfully that it was difficult to put down once started. The story, though set in the conflicts if the Brit ...more
Patrick Hayes
Jun 28, 2013 Patrick Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprising entry in the Haggard saga of Allan Quatermain. If you're reading these books in order, as I am, you've discovered Haggard's format very quickly: Allan goes on a journey for a friend, who has some baggage, a lost/new city is discovered, there's a white woman being held under some kind of duress, there's betrayal of one member of the party who wants the woman for himself, and the natives and wildlife contribute to Allan's troubles.

Yes, this is here, but then, the new city (or is this
Guy David
Dec 25, 2014 Guy David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the finest of the Allan Quartermaine stories. It had been a while since I had read one of them. Allan is a paradox. His treatment of the native peoples can be ridiculously harsh and flippant at times, and at others he's representing them as a defender of sorts from modernity, and from other invaders to Africa whose interests are more ambitious than his. You can't read these stories with modern mores in mind, but always keeping in mind the day & time in which they were released.
Alastair Hudson
Stock stuff from HR Haggard but enjoyable none the less. Allan walks through an historic battle, reveal some of the less pleasant aspects of colonial African history and tries to resist the path of mysticism. The highlight for me was getting to know Zikali a little better, following outline encounters in previous books, and hoping that Allan's growing familiarity with the 'spirit world' will bring some interesting future developments in his career...
Jul 20, 2016 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Allan Quatermain adventure series set in Africa covering the period 1877 - 1884 starting with the British annexation of the Transvaal. It is the third of the trilogy starting with Marie and then Child of Storm covering 20 plus years. The main story thread is the vengeance of the wizard Zikali upon the royal Zulu House because of what it had done to him in which Quatermain is involved at various times.
Robert burke
Mar 04, 2012 Robert burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure novel with Alan Quartermain.
Jan 23, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Not as good as King Solomon's Mines. But what is?
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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.

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