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H. Rider Haggard
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King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain #1)

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King Solomon's Mines tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

Then there remains the most interesting subject - that, as it is, has only
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Sanjay Gautam
Jun 12, 2012 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I always fascinated treasure hunt books and this book did really surpassed my expectations. A real adventure it was! Its a story of: survival, revenge, making of a king, greatest treasure hunt, and friendship.

I was hooked from the start and the story just got more riveting with every page. This book reminded me of many adventure movies, both from Hollywood and Bollywood (it is the nickname for the Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai, India). And now I can guess from where those movie
Bookdragon Sean
Are you ready for an incoming rage?

I’m about to get very angry!

This novel was absolutely revolting. For all its disgustingness the view point displayed here is a product of history, a vile one, but a product nonetheless. Unlike Conrad, Haggard lacked the artistic skill and the intelligence to create a character that allows him to assume a possible distance from the work. With Conrad there is controversy. With Haggard there is the caricature of Victorian Imperialism and arrogance.

Sure, you m
This book is the response to a five-shilling dare from Haggard's brother that he couldn't write a book half as good as Treasure Island. Haggard was enormously popular in his time; he and Robert Louis Stevenson were the two dominant adventure writers

It's enormously imaginative. Alan Quatermain is a brilliant character, a wiry and wily old Ulysses who describes himself as a coward. There's a scene near the end involving artificial stalagmites that's exhilaratingly evocative and creative (and creep
Henry Avila
Jul 14, 2011 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allan Quatermain, is hired by Sir Henry Curtis, to find his younger brother, George. Quatermain, a hunter among other things, could use the money and agrees to guide the dangerous expedition. Along with Sir Henry, is Captain John Good, former British navy officer and a close friend of Curtis. Both believe George, has traveled to the interior of Africa,(set in late 1800's) seeking his fortune. Having quarreled with Sir Henry , the penniless and proud man left England, not wanting to depend on his ...more
Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I get the feeling that a good old timey adventure book would be a good thing to read. This is (hopefully) the last time I think this as the results are always dire. Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" was one hell of a struggle. Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday" was dreadful. However, Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines" takes the prize for most unreadable load of old toss ever.

3 Englishmen ponce into Africa on a treasure hunt. They cross romantic terrain, shoot majestic anima
I got my copy of this book on holiday in Devon as a child, probably on a Wednesday afternoon. The bookshop was shut, but there was a shelf of books outside with sign asking you to put the money under the door if you wanted something and for twenty pence I had myself a copy.

It's a Vikings meet Zulus, noble savages crossed with the mythical wealth of King Solomon from the old testament with a hidden heir and a treasure map book. It comes of course with the best advice for any traveller determined
Frogy (Ivana)
Apr 30, 2016 Frogy (Ivana) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocena je 4,5*/5*, ali fenomenalno Makondovo izdanje zaslužuje 10* ;)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, good adventure story that has been around for a long time. it's been made into several movies (none of which actually resemble the book all that much. For one thing, there's no all. There's only two semi-main female characters in the entire book).

First, there are things in this book that will offend some readers. They are "unintentional" the book is a product of it's time, the late 1800s. The racial attitudes here are from that era and anyone picking up the book should be awar
Mar 04, 2008 Corey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typically, I’m a fan of Victorian adventure and mystery novels. In fact, I’ve been saving H. Rider Haggard’s masterpiece, “King Solomon’s Mines,” for almost two years because I thought I would enjoy it so much. Sadly, I was much deceived in the character of Haggard’s “great” adventure novel. The story goes that Haggard read “Treasure Island” (which I incidentally very much enjoyed), decided that he could easily write something better and made a bet to that effect. And with the idea of besting Ro ...more
Aug 07, 2016 LeAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading and then reviewing a novel written in the 1880s, one has to sort of teleport back a century or so to be fair. Reading an artifact vs a contemporary work of historical fiction requires an entirely different barometer.

In many instances, the reader has to put aside the shock of sexism and xenophobia in order to jump into the tale. Occasionally, the old styled language and pace is painful. I remember once being iced in at the tiny Tupelo, Mississippi airport for seven hours. There was
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Opening lines:
It is a curious thing that at my age— fifty-five last birthday— I should find myself taking up a pen to try to write a history.


I asked a page or two back, what is a gentleman? I'll answer the question now: A Royal Naval officer is, in a general sort of way, though of course there may be a black sheep among them here and there.

For to my mind, however beautiful a view may be, it requires the presence of man to make it complete,
Oziel Bispo
Apr 10, 2017 Oziel Bispo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores livros de Aventura que já li, Onde um experiente caçador de tesouros é requisitado por um rico senhor para ir em expedição à África procurar seu irmão desaparecido há dois anos quando fora à procura das minas do rei Salomão .No trajeto , na chegada e na permanência dos "homens das estrelas" naquele lugar inóspito, acontece todo tipo de empecilhos e aventura que torna esse livro delicioso de se ler. Eu simplesmente amei.
David Sarkies
Aug 30, 2013 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like adventure
Recommended to David by: Richard Chamberlain
Shelves: adventure
The original Indiana Jones
3 September 2013

I remember watching a movie based on this book starring Richard Chamberlain. I actually quite enjoyed the film, though one of the major differences that I discovered between the film and the book is the inclusion of a beautiful white female. I guess that is what one really has to expect from Hollywood, particularly since there have been a lot of Hollywood movies that have been based on books of old and they have thrown in a girl because, well, a Hollywo
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
Perhaps my earliest enjoyable memory of reading (at first in translation). The exotic, other-worldly descriptions here- of places and people both, were utterly entrancing, and the presence of the map and the key it presented for the plot's progression kept my young self fascinated (and not because there were mountains on it called Sheba's Breasts... at least I hope not- there's some Freudian imagery now that I think about it). It's my feeling sometimes that I've come to overuse the term 'mythic' ...more
The novel that started the "Lost World" genre. It's from this book that (eventually) Indiana Jones evolved not to mention all the other numerous fictional adventurers. The genre is mostly moribund in 2016 - a victim of the 21st century. But the books and movies are still out there and "King Solomon's Mines" was the one that started it.

Well what can one say about a novel from the late Victorian era? The writing, characterizations, plot devices and ideas are very different from what we expect fro
Apr 08, 2011 gia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the works that helped inspire Indiana Jones, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and lord knows what all else, King Solomon's Mines may not be a staggering work of fiction, but it nonetheless shaped a lot of literature (and films!) in the decades to come.

With that in mind I embarked on Allan Quatermain's journey to the titular mines, although they feature primarily at the end of the journey.

In fact, all together I'd have to say the experience was a bit episodic: first there's the almos
I was really torn about how to rate this book. On the one hand, it was a fun and thrilling adventure tale, the likes of which have been setting fire to the minds of young children with visions of exotic and far-flung locales for centuries. I can well imagine the delight with which this ripping yarn was received by the readers of the 1880s. On the other hand, there is just so much omnipresent racism throughout the entire story that I found it endlessly distracting and offputting.

King Solomon's Mi
Aug 19, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the late nineteenth century, Alan Quatermain is a big game hunter in Africa. He is approached by two men, Good, a sailor without a job, and Henry Curtis. Curtis is seeking his brother, who went searching for a treasure which Quatermain has a crude map to, and the three of them set out seeking the brother and the treasure. This entails crossing an expanse of desert considered impossible to cross, and then mountains, also impossible. They set out with three African servants, determined to find ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Sujeet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
If your favourite genre is "Action and Adventure", your all-time favourite book is Stevenson's "Treasure Island", you swear by "Indiana Jones" and "Temple Run" finds its icon in your mobile screen, this is THE book for you.
You will find everything that a good adventure story should have - a valiant group of people with strong moral and determination to indulge in all kinds of hunts - treasure, wild animals, witch (?), etc, ancient marauding tribal folks, tribal sacrifices, tribal attack, tribal
حنان لاشين
رواية مغامرات شيقة و رائعة صدرت عام 1885 من تأليف (هنري رايدر هاجرد )
وهو كاتب شهير من العصر الفكتوري
وهي تحكي عن رحلة في مناطق غير مكتشفة من أفريقيا يقوم بها مجموعة من المستكشفين يقودهم ألان كواترمين في البحث عن أخ مفقود لأحد أفراد المجموعة.
الرواية أول رواية خيالية تدور أحداثها في إفريقيا وتعتبر مصدر إلهام لأدب العالم المفقود.
تروي حكاية مجموعة من صيادي الكنوز في رحلة بحث عن ألماس أسطوري في الأرض الضائعة. في القصة يرحل السير هنري كورتس، الكابتن جون جوود، والصياد آلان كواترمين، مصحوبين ب"أمبوبا
Rafa Cortes aguilera
Un libro emocionante. Las aventuras de Macumazahn o Allan Quatermain en busca del tesoro que esconden las minas del rey Salomón son muy entretenidas. La narración te sumerge en la historia y te transmite el peligro, la alegría y la adrenalina en cada situación. No es el tipo de libro que suelo leer pero esta crónica de aventuras realmente me agradó. Este libro lo descubrí debido a una canción de Silvio Rodriguez llamada Canción del elegido en la cual en uno de sus versos dice: Él descubrió que l ...more
May 11, 2016 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This book started out OK for me but was then sunk by racist references and appalling animal slaughter. Even if I were willing to give those drawbacks a pass as merely a time capsule of the views at the time the book was written, I couldn't forgive the lengthy and incredibly boring time spent on battles in the middle of the book. I kept listening to the audio book in the hope that the protagonists would eventually reach the mines. When they finally got to the mines, the story picked up for me, bu ...more
aljouharah altheeyb
Jul 04, 2012 aljouharah altheeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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وانتهيت من هذه الرواية الرائعة، المُغرقة في التفاصيل، المحبوكة بدقة حتى لتشك بأنها من وحي الخيال !
القصه تدور حول الأصدقاء الثلاثة الذين اتفقو للسفر إلى أفريقيا للبحث عن أخ السيد هنري الذي رحل منذ سنتين للتنقيب عن كنوز سليمان عليه السلام المخبئة خلف صحراء الموت ..
هذه المغامرة التي يبدأونها تُقدم لهم كمية كبيرة وغير متوقعة من المُفاجئات والأحداث الغريبة !
قصة جميلة جداً وتستحق أن تُقرأ ككل آداب الرحلات
John Yelverton
My interest in the book waxed and waned until the very end. A good book, but not a great book.
Eshaan Kabir
Oct 18, 2015 Eshaan Kabir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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লেখকঃ- সযার হেনরি রাইডার হযাগারড
অনুবাদঃ- রকিব হাসান (সেবা পরকাশনীর)

সযার হেনরি রাইডার হযাগারড এর নাম শুনেছি খুব বেশি দিন হয় নি। কমপিউটারের চাপে বইয়ের পরতি হারিয়ে যাওয়া ইনটারেসট ফিরিয়ে আনার লকষে ফেসবুকে বই সমপরকিত বিভিনন গরুপে যোগ দেই। এই গরুপ গুলোতে এই লোকটা পরচুর পরশংসা শুনতে পাই। সেই থেকেই উনার বই পড়ার ইচছে। কিনতু বই পড়ার ইচছে থাকলে কি হবে বই পেতে হবে তো আগে। নাগালের দোকান গুলোতে খুঁজলাম কিনতু পেলাম না। অগতযায় পিডিএফ টরাই করার চিনতা করলাম। ডাউনলোড ক
Feb 12, 2014 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is where it begins. Rider Haggard had written a couple of eminently forgettable Victorian family melodramas (Dawn and The Witch's Head) but for his third novel he shifted course to write one of the greatest adventure stories of all time (and which, I believe, has been continuously in print for 125+ years now).

The story is simple but iconic -- veteran African hunter Allan Quatermain is contracted by Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good to venture into the African interior in search of Curt
Sep 22, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
King Solomon’s Mines is an adventure story starring a fellow named Allan Quatermain. He’s typical of the genre – an unassuming, purportedly ordinary man who has had many fantastic adventures over his years traveling in Africa and elsewhere. (I mean “fantastic” in its most literal sense, not as a general intensifier.) During the course of the book, Quatermain teams up with a few other men to follow an ancient treasure map to the location of King Solomon’s supposed mines in North Africa. The party ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sep 04, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is an old fashioned adventure yarn and its hero, Alan Quatermain, is a direct ancestor of Indiana Jones. I'm not going to claim that Haggard even at his best is the same order of classic as the best by Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot or Thomas Hardy. But like fellow Victorians Arthur Conan Doyle or Robert Louis Stevenson or Rudyard Kipling, Haggard really could spin a good yarn. Ten of his books are on my bookshelves. I gobbled those up in my teens and most I remember very, very ...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.

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“It is far. But there is no journey upon this earth that a man may not make if he sets his heart to it. There is nothing, Umbopa, that he cannot do, there are no mountains he may not climb, there are no deserts he cannot cross; save a mountain and a a desert of which you are spared the knowledge, if love leads him and he holds his life in his hand counting it as nothing, ready to keep it or to lose it as Providence may order.” 32 likes
“Yet man dies not whilst the world, at once his mother and his monument, remains. His name is lost, indeed, but the breath he breathed still stirs the pine-tops on the mountains, the sound of the words he spoke yet echoes on through space; the thoughts his brain gave birth to we have inherited to-day; his passions are our cause of life; the joys and sorrows that he knew are our familiar friends--the end from which he fled aghast will surely overtake us also!
Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.”
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