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King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain #1)

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On board a ship bound for Natal, adventurer Allan Quatermain meets Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good. They are out to find Sir Henry's brother, who vanished while seeking King Solomon's legendary diamond mines in the African interior. By strange chance, Quatermain has a map to the mines, drawn in blood, and agrees to join the others on their perilous journey. They fac ...more
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Published November 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1885)
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Sanjay Gautam
Oct 19, 2015 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
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Alex
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
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Henry Avila
Nov 13, 2012 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
Jan-Maat
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
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Sam Quixote
Mar 04, 2013 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
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Corey
May 28, 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
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 heroine...at 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
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Ali AlShewail
Jan 03, 2016 Ali AlShewail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
ولا تحلاش روايات الجيب إلا أيام الإمتحانات :D
David Sarkies
Jan 16, 2015 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
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gia
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
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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
Chloe
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
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

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.


Quotations:

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,
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Sujeet
Oct 23, 2015 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
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John Yelverton
My interest in the book waxed and waned until the very end. A good book, but not a great book.
Kathryn
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
aljouharah altheeyb
Oct 16, 2012 aljouharah altheeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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
Steve
Aug 21, 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
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
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
Ilze
Jul 11, 2009 Ilze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book before: many years ago, my brother was given the picture version as a gift. The two of us paged through it for hours. But it echoes other memories; of Herman Charles Bosman's fictious character, Oom Schalk Lourens (because of the language use) and Mr Bones - even if it's only because Kuvukiland sounds just like "Kukuanaland", the place where King Solomon's Mines are. A lot of Schuster's movie is based on the idea of Kukuanaland and the way it's run.

That said, this tale is eve
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Liz
Feb 23, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own, adventure
This classic turn-of-the-century adventure novel chronicles the escapades of three Englishmen and their Zulu servent (who later turns out to be more of a friend) as they search for the legendary lost diamond mines of King Solomon. Allan Quaitermain is a roving hunter, who long ago recieved a map to the mines from a dying Portugese explorer. Sir Henry is an English noble, whose estranged brother left two years before to search for the mines, and never returned. Now, desiring to make up to his bro ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 08, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
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Newengland
H. Rider Haggard wrote this book in an attempt to surpass Robert Louis Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND and there's no mistaking the hallmarks of a good old-fashioned adventure. One of the best-selling books from the 19th century, KING SOLOMON'S MINES tells the tale of three white men and their search for a lost brother and a mythic diamond mine. Allan Quatermain, the narrator, tells his tale true and straight, and the battle scenes when they reach the heart of Africa (followed by the harrowing scene ...more
Joe
The forward to this claims that H. Rider Haggard was reading a lot of late colonial adventure yarns and remarked to a friend that he could write this stuff, and the friend suggested he do it, so he did.

This, I feel, is indicative of this book. It has all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. The strengths: a true sense of adventure and exploration that marked British sentiment at this time, the sort found in Jules Verne and Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World and the lik
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The other John
This is the first of the Alan Quartermain novels, that adventure series from the late 1800s. As a ground breaking adventure novel, I suppose I should have liked it better. The problem is, I've read so many "lost world" tales in my day that King Solomon's Mines seemed a bit cliched. I do have to admit, though, that despite the racism and other 19th Century attitudes, the story has weathered pretty well. The novel is nowhere near as thick as some of its contemporaries that I've read.
Randy
May 28, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the great adventure novels, written by the man who invented the lost world tale. Over a hundred and twenty-five years old, it's still a good read.

Allan Quartermain and two friends search for king Solomon's mines and a fortune in diamonds, gold, and ivory. The story chronicles their trail across Africa, the Sahara, engaging in battles with and for native populace. They also hunt one, Sir Henry Curtis's younger brother, who went before them.

Edward Waters
Aug 04, 2011 Edward Waters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the film RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was released in 1981, more than one commentator observed that its hero owed much to another fictional adventurer introduced almost a century before: Allan Quartermain, the creation of Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard. (And that the actor who later played Indiana Jones's father would go on to interpret his other 'father' as well creates a sort of symmetry.) It is worth noting, however, that in KING SOLOMON'S MINES, the first of 16 novels and numerous short ...more
Anirudh Parthasarathy
King Solomon's Mines is a novel written by Sir Henry Rider Haggard, more than a century ago. Despite this time gap, this novel is still very popular. So, out of curiosity, I decided to read this work of fiction so that I could figure out why it is still so popular. So, I borrowed the book from a library in 2009, but being a slow reader, I couldn't even complete half the book within the given time. However, it did enough to grab my attention and eventually, after searching in book-stores for near ...more
Nancy Oakes
King Solomon's Mines is a very fun book, and one I very highly recommend. If you like adventure stories, stories set in British Africa, stories about lost treasures or brave explorers, then I recommend it to you. Considering it was written well over a hundred years ago, it still is worthwhile to read, and I'm glad I did.

The basic story:
Allen Quatermain has made his home in Africa, and while on a ship back to his home, he enters into conversation with two men, one of whom has decided to go and lo
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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.” 30 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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