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Allan Quatermain (Allan Quatermain #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,142 ratings  ·  116 reviews
This sequel to King Solomon's Mines is based on Rider Haggard's own experiences in Africa. During their search for a white race reputed to live near Mount Kenya, Allan Quatermain and his companions undergo a series of dangerous and thrilling adventures. The dramatic and often poetic story reveals Victorian preoccupations with evolution, race, sexuality, and the "New Woman....more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Quiet Vision Pub (first published 1887)
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Henry Avila
When Allan Quatermain's son Harry,a physician ,dies of smallpox .He was a volunteer treating hospital patients; thankfully now an extinct disease.The father is devastated and becomes very restless.Prosperous but bored in Merry Old England.Allan is alone in the world, except for his two close friends.Sir Henry Curtis,and Captain John Good,the former,a retired army officer in the service of Queen Victoria and the latter, an ex British navy captain,both much younger men.The trio had become rich aft...more
Rob
Mar 21, 2012 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
It's been several decades since I first read King Solomon's Mines and was enthralled. Now that I've a E-reader, Haggard's other Quatermain novels are suddenly accessible in a way they haven't been before, so I've decided to revisit Mr. Quatermain.

The voice is the same, and this is a delight, since it's Quatermain's voice that, to me, sets KSM apart from other novels of this ilk and era. I confess it is in part for Quatermain's wry assessment of himself and others that I most enjoyed the other of...more
James
Listened to Librivox.org podcast. I found this Victorian African adventure captivating. Having lived in Nigeria for a year during my yout(h) :-) , it kept my attention with its description of the countryside. The Zulu character appeared to stay true to the Zulus I have read about in factual texts/stories. ** I enjoy Victorian literature, so my opinion is biased.
John
ALLAN QUATERMAIN is a lunk-headed adventure yarn that manages to entertain despite its patent absurdity. But if you're the type of reader who can't take stories at face-value, chances are you will hate it. This is, after all, a story about three priviledged Englishmen who, out of boredom, head over to Africa for a little adventure and wind up instigating vast cultural upheaval and the loss of countless human lives. Deconstructionists will doubtlessly find the novel packed full of racism, sexism,...more
Dark-Draco
Hmmmm. And again...Hmmmm.

I'm not sure what I really thought of this, hence the very neutral star rating. The first half of the book I loved - it's everything I expected. Quatermain and his friends set off across Africa to discover a lost 'white' tribe. Despite not giving any real justification for the Masai attack, the author does a good job of describing the journey and the area. The discovery at the lake and the 'Rose of Fire' was also all good, very reminiscent of 'Journey to the Centre of th...more
Brenda Clough
A curiously dark book, all things considered. Somewhere I have a biography of Haggard. which I can't remember anything from. It would be interesting to find out whether he wrote this at a bad time in his life.
Haggard wrote KING SOLOMON'S MINES first, which introduced Allan Quartermain to the world. Then I believe he wrote ALLAN, in which the title character dies, only then going back and filling in with a number of other Quartermain adventures. They are not nearly as interesting as KSM and AQ, w...more
Johnny Waco
Wow. I believe this sequel to the iconic King Solomon's Mines is a better novel, whether in plot, character, or theme. Allan Quatermain is the second of the Quatermain novels written, but chronologically it comes at the end, and becomes a sort of "explorer in winter." As the book opens, Quatermain's son Harry has just died serving in a smallpox hospital, and Allan decides to throw himself into one last adventure in the Dark Continent, half hoping to find death himself.

Yes, all of this is pretty...more
Kenton Crowther
Reading this as a schoolboy I skipped the chapter about the geography, history and economy of the kingdom of Zu-Vendis that the three English gentlemen (Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good) discover. Even then I got bogged down with the scenes between Sir Henry Curtis and the Queen of the Frowning City. (I believe one critic called the dialogue between thse two lovers 'ludicrous'. Haggard certainly was not at his best with that kind of situation.) Curtis is nothing but a healthy s...more
Ivana
Well I have to say this one is better than "King Solomon's mines". I was excited to know more about the fascinating land of Zu-Vendis. It was described well, the idea is perfect, kinda reminded me of ancient Greece, but meh, still interesting. I imagined the people very beautiful and wanted to paint them even. He probably poured more feeling into describing all of the amazingly beautiful women.
Anyway, I didn't like the ending, I think it was unnecessary, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. All in...more
Danny M
This is the second and sequel to the novel King Solomon's Mine. The interesting part is that after finishing the novel Allan Quatermain you would think the story ends, but apparently it does not. I do not want to go too much into the storyline for fear of giving away the ending, but there are additional novels involving Allan Quatermain.
This is a story about three privileged Englishmen who, out of life's boredom, head over to Africa for a little adventure. When reading the book you have to remem...more
Rebecca
I'd heard of the Victorian adventure protagonist Allan Quartermain, and been vaguely curious. I borrowed this from a library, unaware that it isn't actually the first in the series (that would be King Solomon's Mines). Fortunately, it's not actually particularly necessary to have read the others to read this one (despite it being the last in the series).

Unfortunately, it hasn't aged well.

There are three major problems, all of which are relatively predictable. There's the racism and the sexism....more
J.R.
Haggard 'invented' the lost civilization genre. I've read and enjoyed a number of his books, especially King Solomon's Mine and She but somehow had missed this, the final episode in the Quartermain series.

Martin Hill
With publication of his first book, King Solomon’s Mines, in 1885, H. Rider Haggard became known as the father of the Lost World literary genre. Its best known cinematic offspring was the Indiana Jones series of movies.

Allan Quatermain is Haggard’s sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, and brings back big game hunter Quatermain and his associates, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good, RN. Bored by Victorian English life and the wealth they accumulated by finding Solomon's mines, the three shuck it a...more
Ian
Oct 05, 2014 Ian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ian by: ireide@graduate.uwa.edu.au
Shelves: fiction, adventure
The death of the great hunter.

Allan Quatermain, whose life has taken him all over the dark continent of Africa, who now lives in his large and classy house in England, is approaching the end of his years. With the pain of his recently deceased son, and a desire to escape the restrictions of 'civilized' English life, Quatermain and two companions depart Britain for the last time, to once again find adventure in Africa.

This novel is filled with the usual signs of daring do, all to be found in Hag...more
Baal Of
This is the second novel out of a 50 novel H. Rider Haggard omnibus that I've read on my kindle. I probably won't be reading any more. I know that Haggard was a product of his time, but I'm not going to be able to stomach another of these novels that are so full of racist, paternalistic, misogynistic, and wealth-privileged themes. I know that people talk about how Haggard was ahead of his time, in how he portrayed non-white races as heroes (but of course still in the shadow of his main character...more
Karl H.
King Solomon’s Mines was a page turner propelled along by the strength of its plot and its imaginative set pieces. It was a rescue mission urgently propelled by the unknown fate of Sir Richard’s brother and the peril that the protagonists constantly found themselves in. Allan Quatermain is far more muted than its predecessor, both thematically and in terms of imagination. In this novel, things are more morbid, the stakes are lower, and the pace is slower, resulting in a much more pedestrian stor...more
David Richards
This is a different type of book to what I normally read. Not that I haven't read period books before. I enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and so have read many of the Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger stories. I have also read books by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, so books set in the Victorian era are just as familiar to me as those set in the future or on distant planets. However, this is the first time I have noticed a difference in the style of writing. H. Rider Haggard, to me, writes in a...more
Pinks2000
Fun read, full of adventure and exciting exploits. The book is delightfully politically incorrect by today's standards, and this makes it all the better. The main characters are fine examples of mid 18th century British adventurers, journeying into the heart of Africa. They display the very best of British morals and high ideals, and even charitably give "the savages" their due credit. Despite their high ideals and the very best intentions, death follows them where ever they go, and animals die...more
sabisteb
Passion is like the lightning, it is beautiful, and it links the earth to heaven, but alas it blinds!

Drei Jahre sind seit dem ersten gemeinsamen Abenteuer von Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good und Allain Quartermain vergangen. Seit dieser Zeit lebte Quartermain in Yorkshire, während sein Sohn Henry Medizin studierte. Nun ist Henry in Ausübung seines Berufes an den Pocken gestorben und die Beerdigung liegt bereits eine Woche zurück. Quartermain ist unruhig und es zieht ihn zurück nach Afrika, d...more
Zephyrusvii
I've been in love with Haggard's adventure novels since I first picked up "King Solomon's Mines" years ago in grade school. I enjoy the characters (especially Umslopogaas and Quatermain himself) and the vivid Victorian prose. I especially enjoy Haggard's careful description of the veldt, caverns, and exotic canopies that make up his scenery, and the feeling of honorable adventure the books espouse.

A few things that did bug me are the apparently obligatory, patronizing Victorian racism (which ext...more
Brendan
Haggard continues the adventures of Allan Quartermain with this sojurn into the heart of Africa to find a mythical white race hidden beyond the civilized world. Much like his last story, there’s plenty of fighting, romance, and excitement. But don’t forget Imperial racism and Eurocentrism. At the same time, Quartermain does hold a certain respect for the cultures he meets, but it’s backhanded at best: “he’s the most spectacular savage I’ve ever met.”

A few other thoughts:

* Whenever Quartermain o...more
AndrewP
May 05, 2012 AndrewP rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: H. Rider Haggard and historical fans.
This sequel to King Solomons Mines takes place some years later. Alan Quatermain and his friends Sir Henry and Captain Goode, return to Africa after becoming bored with a life of luxury in England. This time they are on a expedition to find a mysterious white skinned race deep in the interior of Africa.

At the time when this was written, much of the interior of Africa was still a mystery so it would have been 'edgy' in those days. Today, of course, we know that none of the speculation in this boo...more
Russell
This is the last adventure of the intrepid Quatermain, and it ends better than most character's swan songs. Just like with "King Solomon's Mines" it's an epic tale of heroic daring-do, surviving impossible odds, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and just general taking names and kicking trash among another lost civilization. Quatermain make Indiana Jones look like Marcus Brody. Lucas would do better taking a page from Haggard's books, or even a whole book, than what he did with the...more
Philip Stringer
Note: chronologically, this book is the final installment in the Allan Quatermain series. It is enjoyable as a stand-alone book, but readers will gain many "backstory" insights by reading the series in order. Author context must be understood when reading any of these books to avoid being overwhelmed by racial and sexual stereotypes, half-baked science and poor ecological stewardship. That being said, when one does appreciate his context, I believe the reader will find Mr. Haggard was a man push...more
Calzean
Alan Quatermain follows “King’s Solomon Mines” with Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good returning to Africa after Quatermain’s son dies. Similar story to King Solomon – they go in search of a lost land, this time a land which is populated with white people.

After many adventures they arrive, Curtis and Good fall in love with the local queens and they cause a civil war. And the hero dies!
Chuck Springer
It is a decent novel with extreme detail, but at times the detail is unnecessary or detracts from the main storyline. If you enjoy old British African adventure novels, you should enjoy this one. I'd suggest that you take time, pay attention to the detail, and if possible recall the accent of Sean Connery who played "Allan
Quartermain in the movie "A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen".
Lindsey
Another adventure of the great adventurer. In this book, they travel into the heart of Africa, in search of a lost race of whites who have had no contact with the outside world. They fight various battles with savages and participate in a civil war, of course, decisively, much as in 'King Solomon's Mines', and the adventures are great. This book really illustrates the time in which it was written as well, reflecting the imperialism and social mores of the time, even more so than KSM. The prejudi...more
Larry Piper
This is a sequel to King Solomon's Mines. I enjoyed the first half of King Solomon rather much, so downloaded this book before I realized that King Solomon had a number of blemishes. This has some as well. In fact, I found it rather tedious after a while.

This is an adventure story of some British, Victorian adventurers blundering around in Africa. They get swept up in an underground river and end up in an isolated kingdom of white people, deep within the heart of Africa. They get involved in the...more
Thomas Mindy
I liked this, it was entertaining and for some reason enjoy the writing style, funny, dorky, dry, like me. It was tough to really understand the character until the end where it is described in more detail and you really get a sense for his persona. I'll go back and read the other novels in light of this.
Margot Jennifer
I did not expect to enjoy this book so much. I read it because I had nothing else to read at the time, but I was quickly hypnotized. This book is action-packed, haunting, enlightening, mesmerizing and full of amazing characters. I loved it.
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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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