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Allan Quatermain (Allan Quatermain #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,782 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
Allan Quartermain is a sequel to the famous novel King Solomon's Mines. Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, and the Zulu chief Umbopa to accompany him, they set out from the coast of east Africa, this time in search of a white race reputed to live north of Mount Kenya. They surviv ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published November 18th 2004 by Public Domain Books (first published 1887)
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Henry Avila
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Allan Quatermain's son Harry,a physician ,dies of smallpox .He was a volunteer treating hospital patients; thankfully now an extinct disease.The father is devastated and becomes very restless.Prosperous but bored in Merry Old England.Allan is alone in the world, except for his two close friends.Sir Henry Curtis,and Captain John Good,the former,a retired army officer in the service of Queen Victoria and the latter, an ex British navy captain,both much younger men.The trio had become rich aft ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's been several decades since I first read King Solomon's Mines and was enthralled. Now that I've a E-reader, Haggard's other Quatermain novels are suddenly accessible in a way they haven't been before, so I've decided to revisit Mr. Quatermain.

The voice is the same, and this is a delight, since it's Quatermain's voice that, to me, sets KSM apart from other novels of this ilk and era. I confess it is in part for Quatermain's wry assessment of himself and others that I most enjoyed the other of
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, pulp
ALLAN QUATERMAIN is a lunk-headed adventure yarn that manages to entertain despite its patent absurdity. But if you're the type of reader who can't take stories at face-value, chances are you will hate it. This is, after all, a story about three priviledged Englishmen who, out of boredom, head over to Africa for a little adventure and wind up instigating vast cultural upheaval and the loss of countless human lives. Deconstructionists will doubtlessly find the novel packed full of racism, sexism, ...more
Hmmmm. And again...Hmmmm.

I'm not sure what I really thought of this, hence the very neutral star rating. The first half of the book I loved - it's everything I expected. Quatermain and his friends set off across Africa to discover a lost 'white' tribe. Despite not giving any real justification for the Masai attack, the author does a good job of describing the journey and the area. The discovery at the lake and the 'Rose of Fire' was also all good, very reminiscent of 'Journey to the Centre of th
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to podcast. I found this Victorian African adventure captivating. Having lived in Nigeria for a year during my yout(h) :-) , it kept my attention with its description of the countryside. The Zulu character appeared to stay true to the Zulus I have read about in factual texts/stories. ** I enjoy Victorian literature, so my opinion is biased.
Brenda Clough
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A curiously dark book, all things considered. Somewhere I have a biography of Haggard. which I can't remember anything from. It would be interesting to find out whether he wrote this at a bad time in his life.
Haggard wrote KING SOLOMON'S MINES first, which introduced Allan Quartermain to the world. Then I believe he wrote ALLAN, in which the title character dies, only then going back and filling in with a number of other Quartermain adventures. They are not nearly as interesting as KSM and AQ, w
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
it says that this book is based on mr. rider haggard's own experiences in africa, but after reading this volume i find that unlikely ;)

the book is enjoyable - they dont write adventures like this anymore (which might be a good thing).
Micah Grant
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice to read a bit about Allan Quatermain. Although this was my first read, and the last in his life story, his focus on being a gentleman at all times (showing deference to the deposed queen who had wanted to kill him, because she is a woman), being completely trustworthy, and generous will win you friends with the same qualities, and rewards far greater than wealth.
Johnny Waco
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I believe this sequel to the iconic King Solomon's Mines is a better novel, whether in plot, character, or theme. Allan Quatermain is the second of the Quatermain novels written, but chronologically it comes at the end, and becomes a sort of "explorer in winter." As the book opens, Quatermain's son Harry has just died serving in a smallpox hospital, and Allan decides to throw himself into one last adventure in the Dark Continent, half hoping to find death himself.

Yes, all of this is pretty
Kenton Crowther
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this as a schoolboy I skipped the chapter about the geography, history and economy of the kingdom of Zu-Vendis that the three English gentlemen (Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good) discover. Even then I got bogged down with the scenes between Sir Henry Curtis and the Queen of the Frowning City. (I believe one critic called the dialogue between thse two lovers 'ludicrous'. Haggard certainly was not at his best with that kind of situation.) Curtis is nothing but a healthy s ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I have to say this one is better than "King Solomon's mines". I was excited to know more about the fascinating land of Zu-Vendis. It was described well, the idea is perfect, kinda reminded me of ancient Greece, but meh, still interesting. I imagined the people very beautiful and wanted to paint them even. He probably poured more feeling into describing all of the amazingly beautiful women.
Anyway, I didn't like the ending, I think it was unnecessary, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. All in
The sequel to King Solomon's Mines, and it is an even better crafted adventure story. Yes Rider Haggard's writing and outlook is dated, bigoted and Anglophile, but it is exciting and fun.
I think this one is even better than the first.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Haggard 'invented' the lost civilization genre. I've read and enjoyed a number of his books, especially King Solomon's Mine and She but somehow had missed this, the final episode in the Quartermain series.

Kirsty Potter
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
1 star for some vaguely exciting action near the end. Minus all the stars for a hoard of racism, sexism, boring conversations and an extreme overdose of testosterone.
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Passion is like the lightning, it is beautiful, and it links the earth to heaven, but alas it blinds!

Drei Jahre sind seit dem ersten gemeinsamen Abenteuer von Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good und Allain Quartermain vergangen. Seit dieser Zeit lebte Quartermain in Yorkshire, während sein Sohn Henry Medizin studierte. Nun ist Henry in Ausübung seines Berufes an den Pocken gestorben und die Beerdigung liegt bereits eine Woche zurück. Quartermain ist unruhig und es zieht ihn zurück nach Afrika, d
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After King Solomon’s Mines, it is my second book featuring Allan Quatermain. I expected much more than King Solomon’s Mines, but a bit disappointed.

This one follows the pattern of the first book I read. Group of white men in hunt for a treasure , assisted by a royal African in incognito , goes deep into Africa, encounter a lost civilization with mines of gold. Then the whitemen becomes part of civil war in the civilization and win the war.

That is the book in a nutshell. However, in this one, our
John Monro
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometime ago, I downloaded all 50 Rider Haggard novels to my Kindle for a very modest sum indeed, where they must clutter up a good deal of RAM. I've read Children of the Mist, a while ago, and which indeed is rather misty in my memory, so I won't review this, but have just completed "Allan Quatermain". As a boy (in the late 1950's) one of my favourite books was "She", a totally splendid adventure story, of great originality when it was published, with many of the now clichéd motifs of the "Lost ...more
S. Zahler
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this enormously. In one sense it is very dated - so Victorian ( or is it Edwardian?). By today's standards there is a lot that is politically incorrect, but for me so fascinating. It is a good story, full of derring-do, blood and fighting, larger than life characters,romance, and the 'mystery' of the dark continent. A rip-roaring tale, well told. He writes very well - some excellent descriptive passages.
Ben Brackett
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rating this edition, as I was unable to read it since the publisher used a size 6 pt font, an ornate font instead of block style which it made it even harder to read, and cheap ink which made the outlines of letters blurred. As I ordered online, I didn't realize it was unreadable till I actually sat down with it.
Opaqued Inception
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
এত নিঁখুত আর অসাধারণ পরটাগনিসট আর দেখি নাই। পরতযেকটা চরিতর মনে থাকবে বাকি জীবন। নতুন নতুন রোমাঞচে একেকজনকে খুঁজে পাবো। কোযাটারমেইনের অদময সাহসিকতা আর আমসলোপোগাসের অসমভব দাপট, মৃতযুকে উপহাস.. যেন অলৌকিক কলপনাকে লৌকিক বাসতবতায ফুটিযে তুলেছে। ...more
Rex Libris
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work is a sequel to one of Haggard's most famous works, King Solomon's Mines. The protagonist of that story gets the title billing in this new edition. Quartermain and companions go into uncharted Africa in search of a long rumored white civilization.
Renata Shura
It was ok, but not as enthralling as King Solomon's Mines. I almost gave up on it, but about half way through it picks up. That said, Quartermain's deathbed musings are well worth slogging through the beginning.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping adventure story of a lost world. Thoroughly enjoyable.
P.S. Winn
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Indiana Jones, but the same type of adventure.
Allison Salva
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book
David Richards
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a different type of book to what I normally read. Not that I haven't read period books before. I enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and so have read many of the Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger stories. I have also read books by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, so books set in the Victorian era are just as familiar to me as those set in the future or on distant planets. However, this is the first time I have noticed a difference in the style of writing. H. Rider Haggard, to me, writes in a ...more
Baal Of
Jul 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is the second novel out of a 50 novel H. Rider Haggard omnibus that I've read on my kindle. I probably won't be reading any more. I know that Haggard was a product of his time, but I'm not going to be able to stomach another of these novels that are so full of racist, paternalistic, misogynistic, and wealth-privileged themes. I know that people talk about how Haggard was ahead of his time, in how he portrayed non-white races as heroes (but of course still in the shadow of his main character ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I'd heard of the Victorian adventure protagonist Allan Quartermain, and been vaguely curious. I borrowed this from a library, unaware that it isn't actually the first in the series (that would be King Solomon's Mines). Fortunately, it's not actually particularly necessary to have read the others to read this one (despite it being the last in the series).

Unfortunately, it hasn't aged well.

There are three major problems, all of which are relatively predictable. There's the racism and the sexism.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been in love with Haggard's adventure novels since I first picked up "King Solomon's Mines" years ago in grade school. I enjoy the characters (especially Umslopogaas and Quatermain himself) and the vivid Victorian prose. I especially enjoy Haggard's careful description of the veldt, caverns, and exotic canopies that make up his scenery, and the feeling of honorable adventure the books espouse.

A few things that did bug me are the apparently obligatory, patronizing Victorian racism (which ext
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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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Other Books in the Series

Allan Quatermain (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain, #1)
  • Maiwa's Revenge: Or The War Of The Little Hand
  • Allan's Wife and Others
  • Marie: An Episode in the Life of the Late Allan Quatermain
  • Child of Storm
  • Allan and the Holy Flower
  • The Ivory Child
  • Finished
  • The Ancient Allan
  • She and Allan

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