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Allan Quatermain (Allan Quatermain #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,262 Ratings  ·  168 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
Apr 08, 2013 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it
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
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John
Nov 03, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp
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
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James
Sep 07, 2009 James rated it really liked it
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.
Brenda Clough
May 08, 2012 Brenda Clough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolin
Jul 21, 2015 Carolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
it says that this book is based on mr. rider haggard's own experiences in africa, but after reading this volume i find that unlikely ;)

the book is enjoyable - they dont write adventures like this anymore (which might be a good thing).
Johnny Waco
Jul 07, 2008 Johnny Waco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kenton Crowther
May 12, 2012 Kenton Crowther rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2012 Ivana rated it liked it
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
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Julián
Publicado originalmente en 1887. Del mismo autor que She y Las minas del rey Salomón.

Unos exploradores británicos del XIX van en busca de un pueblo blanco que vive en el centro de África. Parecen ser descendientes de algún pueblo de origen iranio o fenicio y se mantienen completamente aislados del resto del continente debido a una geografía muy peculiar (y absolutamente fantástica).

Se lee bien hasta que encuentran a este pueblo. El comienzo de la aventura, la expedición por el río, la llegada a
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Rebecca
Apr 12, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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.
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Jill
May 07, 2016 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-africa, brit-lit
It really reminds me of The Arabian Nights - not because it's a copy, but because it carries the feel of adventurous tales. This series is definitely a "boy" series, but I managed to enjoy it nonetheless. The characters are fun, and the imagination runs wild. Though some of it is predictable, there were some real gems of writing, and here are a couple of them:

"Always try to be good...and to do what is right, rather than what happens to be pleasant. For in the end, whatever sneering people may sa
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Joan
May 19, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
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Stephen Brooke
Feb 10, 2016 Stephen Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I think maybe after the success of “King Solomon's Mines,” Haggard became a little too fond of his own voice. He drops far too many long-winded descriptive passages into this one. It could be a much leaner story.

”Allan Quatermain” is another of his 'lost world' tales that influenced so many adventure writers to follow. I can see things in this book that were directly cribbed by E.R. Burroughs. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the compelling plot-line of some of his other books ('Solomon,' e.g.) an
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Kevin Witbrodt
Jun 24, 2016 Kevin Witbrodt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure read

HR Haggard does another great job with an adventure novel. To be honest, the reader would better appreciate this novel after first reading the other Quartermain novels, as the characters are the same in each. Although in the end HR alludes to having pOrtable his story which are similar to other novels, on the whole it is very original. There are basically 3 main parts to the novel. I will not give any hints to the story since I hate spoilers, but it would be wise to read the
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Vimal Thiagarajan
Jul 25, 2015 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it really liked it
(view spoiler)..... No I'm not talking of Avatar movie. I'm talking of a book that was written 120 years before the movie.And though the plot-line looks simple(although it was q ...more
Daren
The sequel to King Solomon's Mines, and it is an even better crafted adventure story. Yes Rider Haggard's writing and outlook is dated, bigoted and Anglophile, but it is exciting and fun.
I think this one is even better than the first.
J.R.
Dec 30, 2010 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Jan 14, 2014 Martin Hill rated it it was amazing
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
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Nate Granzow
Jan 31, 2016 Nate Granzow rated it it was amazing
Classic adventure. Can't beat it. Sure, there are elements that when viewed through the lens of contemporary society could be considered racist, bigoted, xenophobic, or sexist, but that's to be expected given the time at which it was written.

What I admire most about Haggard's writing is his conversational style—you do feel as if you're being spoken to by Quatermain himself. Though his prose at times wanders into the realm of becoming florid and verbose (particularly when describing the minutiae
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Frank Peters
While I am confident that this book would have been hugely popular and enjoyable when it was written, it is now grown worthy. It reminds me of the type of story we would make up on the spot when I was a child, with one adventure following the next. The difficulty is that this book was based on the Victorian English mythology that an English gentleman was superior in every way, while other people were of a lesser breed. Thus, the three English gentlemen could consistently outsmart and defeat enem ...more
George
Jun 24, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Sequel to King Solomon's Mines in which Allan Quatermain and his companions, somewhat bored with their English countryside lives two years after their Solomon Mines adventures return to Africa to search for a white race reputed to live near Mount Kenya. They again risk their lives in a series of dangerous and thrilling adventures and battles in their quest.

On another level the novel deals with end of the 19th century British views regarding evolution, race, sexuality, and the "New Woman."
Danny M
Jan 12, 2015 Danny M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Allan Quatermain. The review will apply to basically all the novels in the Allan Quatermain series. The interesting part is that after finishing the novel Allan Quatermain you would think the story ends, but it does not. The novels are about three privileged Englishmen who, out of life's boredom, head over to Africa for a little adventure. When reading the books you ...more
Ian
Oct 05, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
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
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Danny M
Jan 12, 2015 Danny M rated it it was amazing
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 Allan Quatermain. The review will apply to basically all the novels in the Allan Quatermain series. The interesting part is that after finishing the novel Allan Quatermain you would think the story ends, but it does not. The novels are about three privileged Englishmen who, out of life's boredom, head over to Africa for a little adventure. When reading the books you ...more
Baal Of
Jul 03, 2013 Baal Of rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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.
Dec 02, 2013 Karl H. rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2014 David Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2013 Pinks2000 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Allan Quatermain (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain, #1)
  • Maiwa's Revenge: Or The War Of The Little Hand
  • Allan's Wife and Others
  • Marie: An Episode in the Life of the Late Allan Quatermain
  • Child of Storm
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