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Out-of-print for many years, When the World Shook is a classic text which tells of the terror of a ghost town. The streets were empty, and so were the buildings, this city could not have been more dead had it been on the moon.'
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Pulp (first published 1919)
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Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
In 1916, as World War I raged, Henry Rider Haggard, then 60 years old, started to compose his 48th novel, out of an eventual 58. Originally called "The Glittering Lady," the novel was ultimately released in 1919 under the title we know today, "When the World Shook," and turned out to be still another wonderful book from this celebrated author, in which many of his old favorite themes (lost civilizations, reincarnation, love that survives beyond the grave) are revisited, but with a new spin. As i ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
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, and the fantasy genre in general owes him a great debt. Ten of his books are on my bookshelves. I gobbled those up in my teens and most I remember very, very well even decades later. My favorite of his novels inv ...more
Robert Lebling
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard is an unusual if flawed piece of early science fiction, laced with philosophy, religion, colonial anthropology, romance and humor.

It is a post-Victorian novel, written during World War I, and the conflict impinges upon the narrative in various ways. When the World Shook was first published in serial form in the British Christian evangelical magazine The Quiver in 1918, at the end of the war, and was released as a novel the following year.

The author, Sir H
Norman Cook
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arbuthnot, the leader, is a millionaire looking for meaning in the world. Bastin is a pastor who believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Bickley is a doctor and man of science who only believes what can be proved. While exploring the world on a private yacht, a colossal cyclone strands them on an uncharted South Pacific island populated by natives who worship a strange deity named Oro. When the trio is forced to flee the wrath of the natives after Bastin's misguided efforts to conve ...more
Steve Joyce
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What you think magic - is not magic." - The Lady Yva

In When the World Shook, H. Rider Haggard manages to mix together a quarter of a million year old culture, epistemological mysteries and theological philosophy, prescient seafarers, death dealing glances, World War I, a "Journey to the Center of the Earth", advanced flying machines, storms at sea, a lost island, telepathy and 4th dimensional teleportation, suspended animation, ancient Armageddon, idol worshipers, hints at space travel, long de
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent example of narrative fiction. Haggard make the reader feel as though they are sitting in the pleasantly-narcissistic Humphrey Arbuthnot's drawing room with a cup of tea, while the old man takes advantage of having an audience to recount his self-absorbed, youthful adventures. The story itself is steeped in Masonic mysticism and is a lively, sometimes humorous adventure. While a late work for Haggard, it is a very good place for readers to introduce themselves to his vast lib ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Haggard era uno spiritualista; credeva che, oltre la scienza e la religione, fosse possibile un'altra spiegazione del mondo, basata sull'amore, che rende l'anima eterna. Convinzione che forse deriva dal fatto che non riuscì, in vita, a sposare l'unica donna che affermò di aver mai amato.
Il suo spiritualismo si riflette in molti dei suoi libri, ad esempio nella serie "She". Però in "When the world shook" mette a confronto tutte e tre le visioni nei personaggi di un medico, un prete e il protagoni
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Well, I have to say that one chapter did not get my attn. Very tied up with individual stuff that just did not grab me. Compared to his alternates of that day, not too interesting.
Paul Tupper
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I think I only needed to read one H. Rider Haggard book in my life. I should have stopped with She. This book is fun, but it really drags (and the edition I read had already been abridged.)
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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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