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She by H. Rider Haggard
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 17 to 25, 2012

Chauvinistic, racist, antisemitic, and imperialist, Haggard's apologists will point out he was merely expressing widely held views of the times in which he lived. I won't go that far, but if you wish to enjoy his well written, fast paced yet thoughtful adventure novels, you have to be willing to look past his prejudice to appreciate his art.

I like this period of writing (from 1800-1900). It has a lot of soul and is willing to occasionally drift into philosophical sidebars in order to give the story more depth and the book more meaning. I have a difficult time with modern (well regarded) novels (1950-present) because I always feel like I'm reading some variation of "The Catcher in the Rye". Anyway, if you can get past (not necessarily forgive) H.R.H for is foibles, you'll appreciate his writing, this book included.
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