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Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek

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Swallow is a Dutch girl raised in South Africa among the Kaffirs. Lonely, she gazes from shore over the waves of a storm-tossed sea, and dreams of a brother entering her life . . . and soon finds herself face-to-face with a shipwrecked waif cast ashore by the storm. Swallow grows to love the English boy Ralph Kenzie. He returns her love -- but must face the murderous Swart ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1898)
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No, this is not the Linda Lovelace biography. (Oops, sorry...bad joke.) Rather, "Swallow" is yet another fine piece of adventure fantasy from the so-called "father of lost-race fiction," H. Rider Haggard. In addition to some 14 novels depicting the adventures of hunter Allan Quatermain, Haggard penned some dozen or so other books that were set in the wilds of Africa. "Swallow," his 22nd novel, was written in 1896, but did not see publication until January 1899. It is a somewhat unique book in th ...more
My favorite author is Wilbur Smith, the African adventure author, and now I know where he got the legends and ideas he so deftly describes. From H. Rider Haggard! This author lived from the mid 1800's to the 1920's and wrote many, many books set in his beloved Africa. After reading Swallow, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased HRH's complete collection. He's that good. Besides adventure, Haggard gives us lessons in love, loyalty, surprises good and bad and a priceless look at the first whi ...more
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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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