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King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
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A rollicking great romp of a book! Okay, admittedly I could've done without the introductory elephant hunt/massacre episode, filled as it was with that weird Great White Hunter outlook ("the poor dumb pathetic brutes...so of course we had to kill them"). But the story itself was a good deal of fun. What really makes this several cuts above the usual run of these things is the generous splashes of humor involved, and the fact that the narrator is so singular (and singularly wry) a voice. As a result, it comes off a good deal more interesting than, say, Burroughs, who basically consists of 1) descriptions of unusual places, and 2) fighting. Haggard features both of those plentifully of course, but he also has that droll outlook which makes the whole works seem a living, breathing thing, as a narrator who describes himself as "a bit of a coward" (lol) proceeds to relate a most rousing series of adventures indeed. An example of his deftly self-mocking touch can be found in such lines as: "As nobody seemed inclined to respond to this heroic version of 'Dilly, Dilly, come and be killed,' our late henchman proceeded with his address," or "All sorts of reflections of this sort passed through my mind--for as I get older I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me..." It is that amusing narrator's voice which doubtless will stay with me, even after I have forgotten many of the details of this epic.
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Mark Adams thanks, Ill check it out then


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