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Ayesha. The Return Of She (She #2)

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In this sequel to She, Horace Holly & his ward Leo Vincey once again embark on a quest to find the mysterious woman known as Ayesha. Knowing that She is no longer in Africa, they go east, eventually reaching a lamasery in the mountains of Tibet. The abbot warns them against continuing, but they press on & discover an ancient city named Kaloon, which is ruled by the ...more
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Alfie Shuvro
Aug 01, 2016 Alfie Shuvro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
টান টান উততেজনা রয়েছে । একই সাথে পরেম , ভালবাসা, তযাগ আর গলপের পলট সমূহের বরণনা ও বেশ সুশৃঙখল । অনুবাদ যথেষট ভাল হয়েছে। ...more
Sandy
Aug 23, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Return of She," although not as exciting or groundbreaking as the classic "She," is nevertheless a worthy sequel, and one that all admirers of Haggard's original story should enjoy reading. It is a direct continuation of the earlier book, and as such may be called required reading for all fans of Ayesha, Leo Vincey and Ludwig Holly. The novel contains many exciting scenes, including a great avalanche, the pursuit of the death hounds, Ayesha's reincarnation, and the climactic battle with Kal ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Ayesha, known as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, first appeared in serial form from 1896 to 1897 in the novel She. Along with King Solomon's Mines, She is Haggard's most popular and famous novel. Ayesha is one of the awesome, kick-ass woman characters in Victorian literature, and I rated Wisdom's Daughter, the later written prequel set in Ancient Egypt five stars. I loved that book even more than the original She. However, I do not think The Return of She is as entrancing as those two books. It's a lot ...more
Mark
Nov 06, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haggard's epic SHE suold've been the end-all of fantasy epics. It sold, unreal, 63 million copies and remains in print.
AYESHA is the sequel of all sequels. Written at the turn of the 20th century, Haggard's language is both beautiful and evocotive of a grander age.

The immortal queen is still there and gets a 2nd chance at finishing her mission: is it what we think it is? What's the reason she resists her lover's advances? Don't a lot of the elements sound like deja vu from SHE? Intentionally so
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Fowzul Fahad
Jun 13, 2017 Fowzul Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ভালবাসা পরকৃতির এক অপার সৃষটি। যার জনয কোন কিছুকে ধবংস করতে যেমন পারা যায়, ঠিক তেমনি সৃষটিও করা যায়।
বেশ হয়েছে উপনযাসটা। আতেনের ভালবাসার সবরুপটা বেশ মজবুত লেগেছে। ভালবাসার দৌড়ে আয়েশাকে হার মানার মত চরিত সে। ভালবাসার জনয নিজের জীবন দিতে একটুও পরোয়া করল না।
সব পরেমের গনতবয মৃতযুতে।
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Mel
I did enjoy this though found it not quite as good as She. There seemed to be far too long searching for She and then when they did find her, for all that they were both obsessed with her they didn't actually seem to like her very much. What this book lacked that the first one had was the lovely long discussions on the nature of man and good and evil. She seemed smaller and less powerful here. The thing that I did like was the Asian setting, I was expecting to find it poorly done but Haggard's i ...more
John
Aug 21, 2012 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp, garbage
I usually enjoy H. Rider Haggard, so I was completely shocked by how completely terrible this book was. It's probably the worst sequel of all time, apart from TRANSFORMERS 2. The story is dull and talky, the dialog is extremely stilted (like reading a high school kid trying to ape Shakespeare), and the main characters all behave like knuckleheads pretty much throughout. Very little about the plot makes any sense, and all the mystical reincarnation/destiny stuff is completely over-the-top and dow ...more
Wolk Zeven Ayesha
I read the Dutch translation of the book. I found it less catchy than "SHE" but nevertheless I kept on reading.It's made me curious about the Egyption mythogology on which the story is evidently based. Looking forward to read Ayesha & Allan (if I can find the Dutch translation :-)
Althea Ann
This is the sequel to "She," which Haggard published in 1905, 18 years after the first book.
Although the title character seemed pretty definitively dead after the first book, still, she had vowed to return with her dying words, and, since then the characters of the beautiful young Leo and his mentor Dr. Horace Holly, have been wandering through Asia, seeking spiritual enlightenment, knowledge - and the return of that supernaturally beautiful immortal woman.
It wouldn't be much of a story if she d
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Buck
May 29, 2014 Buck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
The continuing adventures of Holly and Leo. After having found Ayesha and losing her, they embark on a life long quest to find her again.

Like She, this book is about Victorians, written by a Victorian for a Victorian audience. The language, attitudes and morés are Victorian. Many people will have a hard time fitting their mind into that box. I am a history fan, and it didn't seem hard for me to to.

It's a sequel, and as such suffers from the typical problems: in order to pick up a new audience, t
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এই বইটারও শেষ পরিণতিটা মন খারাপ করে দেয়া। হযাগারড সাহেবের উপর আমি বেজায় করুদধ। তিনি সুনদর সুনদর মেয়েগুলোকে এত কষট দেন কেন? -_- ...more
Shahin Sultana
Jan 11, 2014 Shahin Sultana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 star are not enough . The best adventure thriller I've ever read
Paulo
Dec 29, 2012 Paulo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of SHE, Ayesha is a more melancholic book, portraying the eternal quest of Man for the unachievable in us. In the end, reaching a goal is not as satisfying as we would like to believe.
Susan
You can file this under - and if you thought the FIRST book was crazy...

Basic plot - It takes them over 16 years, but Holly and Leo eventually chase down a 'vision' of Ayesha to a remote part of Mongolia near the Himalayas where a live volcano spits ankh shaped clouds and fire. Ayesha has 'taken over' for the elderly priestess who ran the Isis-Osirus cave people living in the sides of the volcano, and who managed to die just at the same time Ayesha did. The two locations are somehow elementally
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Sara
Oct 03, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
About 4 years ago Penguin published some nice editions of boys adventure book classics. I don't really confirm to gender stereotypes, so I got myself some ('Tarzan', 'The Lost World'). And 'She', by H. Rider Haggard. I'd read his 'King Solomon's Mines' before, and really enjoyed it. I loved 'She' too, and loved seeing THE shard in Norwich Castle Museum. Last week while book-hunting in one of the secondhand shops in Den Haag, I came across a copy of the second book about Ayesha, 'The Return of Sh ...more
Neil
May 30, 2012 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm adding an extra star here. This book has an unpardonably slow beginning. If you thought Job, Holly, and Leo's adventures through Africa in _She_ lagged a bit, the travels through Tibet in this book and the resulting arrival in Kaloon are a rough go. Yet this book improves drastically when Ayesha finally returns in all of her glory. True, there is something less transgressive about her, but the fluidity of her identity and the scope of her plans for global domination are fascinating. She's go ...more
Gypsi
Sep 14, 2016 Gypsi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
She, the first volume of the "She" stories, ends with a thrilling conclusion. Ayesha begins shortly after that, with Leo seeing a vision of where he can find Ayesha now. He and Horace spend 16 years hunting for the place of the vision. Leo faces a great trial, a fantastic battle occurs, and Haggard gives another of his excellent endings.

Ayesha is not as well-plotted, nor as exciting, as She. At times, it seemed to lag, and I even found my attention roaming a bit in the middle. The divinity and m
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Wreade1872
The sequel to She, this is quite a long read and i was expecting a lot of messing about before getting to the main plot this wasn't the case however, it jumped quite quickly into the action and there really isn't any wasted pages.
I love the characters, the hero comes across as kind of lame and its really nice to see the two powerful heroines fight over this weaker man as the reverse is so often the case.
I like the layers of characterization, everyone is flawed and both the heroines are quite ev
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Maggie
Aug 21, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
for an adventure story, this one counts. egyptology, alchemy, ancient cultures, power of the feminine, evil close at hand ... and the two innocents from england combine to make for high adventure. an old piece of literature so beware of the "too many words" aspect. the events and adventures have a degree of the fantastic and in addition there is a lot of internal dialogue vs. action/doing of the characters so there are fairly long places which are boring. but it's okay to skim these parts, not m ...more
Fantasy Literature
2.5 stars

H. Rider Haggard returns to his story of star-crossed lovers Ayesha and Leo Vincey in Ayesha, the Return of She. The sequel was published in 1905, nearly twenty years after the publication of She. The world has changed, and Haggard’s storytelling has changed to match.

Haggard remains best known for King Solomon’s Mines, and She is the book of most interest to literary scholars. Ayesha, the Return of She is a decent sequel that does very little to open a window on the thoughts, values and
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Russell
Although not quite as bold and adventurous as the first novel, this is a fine adventure and I felt that it was even more subtle with grander vision of the star crossed love than the first. Leo had more personality and drive this time around. In a way, it's almost a mirror of the first in terms of theme and plot. Haggard's prose is more polished and refined, but some of his lyrical descriptive power was muted. He seemed to favor more letting Ayesha spin the tale of her past and thread in Eastern ...more
Diana
Not my favorite of H. Rider Haggard's adventure novels, "Ayesha, the Return of She" rehashes old ground in a new setting (Tibet this time). Haggard's strength is the description of dangerous action, and there are a couple of notable segments, particularly the assent of Leo and Holly to the fabled city where She is to be found. However Ayesha remains a childish and vindictive character with much to0 much power in her hands.

My recommendation - go for the original "She."
Nick
Apr 08, 2013 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One may make the argument that Ayesha isn't as powerful in this text as in _She_. Though, her apparent clairvoyance and final display of power over Nature's elements inherently depicts her as an omniscient being. However, I believe redemption (among others) to be a key theme in light of how Haggard fuses ideologies of Destiny and reincarnation. This text (as with _She_) is an obvious response to (or product of) the commodification of travel and, de facto, acculturation during the height of Briti ...more
Ginny Palmieri
Apr 07, 2011 Ginny Palmieri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haggard referred to this title in his introduction as a continuation of, rather than a sequel to, "She."
It read as such. Not as much fun as "People of the Mist," but fun reads, nonetheless. Be prepared for a lot of "high" language, which was a bit challenging at times, and ultimately made the going fairly slow.

Nineteenth century English, even when stylized and overdone to the modern eye, as it is when "She" speaks, is a treat. I'm finding the return to a more colloquial and current style of writ
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Mrs.
Oct 11, 2010 Mrs. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Goodreads review of this book is completely wrong, and refers to the book, She and Alan.

Fabulous sequel to the classic, She, which has been in print since 1887, and is one of the top selling works of fiction of all time. Haggard inspired many successors, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the Tarzan books. Haggard's other famous creation is Alan Quatermaine of King Solomon's Mines.

In this sequel, the intrepid explorers embark on a 16 year search for Ayesha, She-who-must-be-obeyed,
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John Mac
Interesting mainly as a sequel to the book 'She', for those who, like me, are interested in finding out what happened to Leo Vincey and Horace Hollyu following their adventures in Africa with the eponymous Ayesha. There is a lot of excitement for the reader in this book, but there are also a lot of lengthy, slow passages where the characters, particularly Ayesha, become philosophical about life, love and destiny. Those who are prepared to suffer through (or perhaps flick through') these passages ...more
George
Sep 02, 2016 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to She After deciding, through visions, that She had not actually died, Horace Holly & his ward Leo Vincey, embark on a 20 year quest traveling east, eventually reaching a lamasery in the mountains of Tibet and then further north before discovering Ayesha. Leo becomes the center of a conflict between Atene & the Hesea which leads to war.

The continued working premise is that the Leo, Atene and Hesea are reincarnations of a 2000 year old lovers triangle and this is their final encou
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Amit Herlekar
Jun 17, 2014 Amit Herlekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aliet kummer
I had very high expectations for this novel. For me, the excitement began only from the second half of the story. I was looking for more virtuous philosophical quotes and passages like the prequel. But it didn't break my heart completely. There are a few highlights I made that I would love to read again.

Thus, everything said and done, I am always a big fan of Rider Haggard and I love the way he expresses emotions, virtues and wisdom in great depth using language of Victorian era as the ultimate
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Ronnie
Jan 20, 2017 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a worthy sequel to the famous "She." If anything, here the adventure is grander, the scope more epic. And, for sure, in this one the general badassery of She/Ayesha is even more on display, which is saying something.

First line:
"Hard on twenty years have gone by since that night of Leo's Vision--the most awful years, perhaps, which were ever endured by men--twenty years of search and hardship ending in soul-shaking wonder and amazement."
Maryam
Dec 03, 2015 Maryam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book, "She", I just loved it! The story was so gripping that I finished it in a couple of hours. All was dark, and I was alone in my room. I remember I was even terrified of rolling over, and so mesmerized that I couldn't put it aside... But this one, I don't know. Maybe if it was not preceded by She, it'd be more interesting, but it just was not to the same level. I was disheartened and couldn't bring myself to finish it easily.
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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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“Think then what it is to live on here eternally and yet be human; to
age in soul and see our beloved die and pass to lands whither we may
not hope to follow; to wait while drop by drop the curse of the long
centuries falls upon our imperishable being, like water slow dripping
on a diamond that it cannot wear, till they be born anew forgetful of
us, and again sink from our helpless arms into the void unknowable.”
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“Leo Vincey, know now the truth; that all things are illusions, even that there exists no future and no past, that what has been and what shall be already is eternally. Know that I, Ayesha, am but a magic wraith, foul when thou seest me foul, fair when thou seest me fair; a spirit-bubble reflecting a thousand lights in the sunshine of thy smile, grey as dust and gone in the shadow of thy frown. Think of the throned Queen before whom the shadowy Powers bowed and worship, for that is I. Think of the hideous, withered Thing thou sawest naked on the rock, and flee away, for that is I. Or keep me lovely, and adore, knowing all evil centred in my spirit, for that is I. Now, Leo, thou hast the truth. Put me from thee for ever and for ever if thou wilt, and be safe; or clasp me, clasp me to thy heart, and in payment for my lips and love take my sin upon thy head! Nay, Holly, be thou silent, for now he must judge alone.” 1 likes
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