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Allan Quatermain

(Allan Quatermain #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,408 ratings  ·  237 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
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Quiet Vision Pub (first published 1887)
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
The book starts on a sad note: the only son of Allan Quatermain just died. Having nothing left to live for and being bored by quiet life in Victorian Britain our aging hero decided to go back to Africa. Luckily his companions from the previous adventure - Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good - show up with exactly the same idea. The trio decided to check rumors about a tribe of white people living in inaccessible region of the continent. Practically upon the arrival Allan stumbled upon his old ...more
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
I have read Haggard’s She and King Solomon's Mines, and I basically knew what to expect when I began Allan Quatermain. In many ways, AQ is a combination of the other two novels, but not quite as good as either one of them. It’s an adventure fantasy, starring rich Englishmen in deepest darkest Africa. They shoot a lot of animals and incidentally kill off quite a few African servants in the course of their quest. And what are they searching for, you ask? Why an unknown civilization of white people ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Manuel Alfonseca
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
ENGLISH: This novel is a sequel to "King Solomon's Mines" with the same three main characters, and the last of the novels about Allan Quatermain in the Allan's chronological order, although not the last Haggard wrote.

I have found the following problem with this book: In "King Solomon Mines" there was a reason for the trip toward the unknown, as Henry Curtis was looking for his lost brother, and Allan, although he did not want to go, was convinced by the offer of a great amount of money that woul
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to King Solomon's Mines (my review). It’s an early Lost World genre story. This story was “more of the same” of King Solomon’s Mines. It is considerably more authentic in narration and world building than contemporary historical fiction. The author did not “mess with” the previous story's popular formula. If you liked that one, you’ll like this one.

This book has a copyright of 1887. It’s been continuously in print for more than 130-years. Its also very short. My copy was
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp, adventure, africa
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
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.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When taken in context of the time period, it's easy to like H. Rider Haggard's works. Blending adventure fiction with mysticism, Haggard weaves stories -- mostly in undiscovered Africa -- of Europeans who journey in search of lost treasures, adventures, or both. Like most colonial writers, there is a general superiority of the light-skinned over the dark- and darker-skinned natives, though Haggard, who spent time in Africa, is not as bad as most. He even employs the "noble savage" idea frequentl ...more
Brenda Clough
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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).
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A hundred thousand spears shall sparkle in my train like star glimmering down.”

A lost world adventure. Later nineteenth century equivalent of contemporary science-fiction, fantasy adventure story. In 1887 it was plausible that a country “the size of France” could be hidden—and isolated—in central Africa, but we accepted that Asia could hide a mythical Himalayan utopia in 1933.

“I say that as the savage is, so is the white man, only the latter is more inventive, and possesses the faculty of comb
John Monro
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Micah Grant
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jorge Williams
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good stuff, very exciting throughout. Umslopogaas the Zulu warrior being my favourite character.
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
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
Having read King solomons mines as a kid i hated Haggard and Quartermain, but i eventually gave She a go and found it surprisingly good. So i decided to give another Quartermain story a try and pick this because i heard he dies in it so thought i'd at least have a happy ending if nothing else. So thoughts.. well it ain't bad at all. Trying hard to remember the details now though, read it some months back. A number of african adventure incidents before they finally reach a lost civilisation then ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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.
Paul Cornelius
As a sequel to King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain would subsequently prove effective in generating a number of prequels. It's a good enough story--in fact, essentially two stories. But it's also clunky in more than a few instances and certainly nowhere near the equal of King Solomon's Mines. Once again, Quatermain and his companions, Sir Henry and Good, embark on a journey to uncover another lost civilization. This one is descended from what seems to be a remnant of Sassanid Persia.

First, wh
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
S. Zahler
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lost-race-tales
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Roderick Baxter
Romance or Adventure?
King Solomon's Mines, this is not. At the time of publication King Solomon's Mines was widely proclaimed as, 'the best book of its type', a man's book, and not afflicted with romance, or indeed, hardly a female character is mentioned. In fact, Alan Quartermain is the character that Indiana Jones is based. My type of book and so it proved.
Naturally, therefore, I thought that I would read this one. It started out promising enough. The adventure going along nicely. The usual c
Christopher Taylor
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the final Allan Quatermain book, in his old age on one last trip. He and two friends head to Africa one last time, seeking out rumors of a "white" tribe. Also with him is the mighty Umslopagaas, his Zulu friend.

After many adventures and dangers, they do eventually find the tribe, which Quatermain speculates may have been a displaced Phoenician tribe or something similar. Incredibly isolated, they have built an impressive civilization, but the arrival of the strangers causes trouble.

The b
Emmanuel Gustin
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A traditional adventure yarn, which is not Rider Haggard’s best work. But it holds together, in large part because of the presence of Umslopogaas, a mighty Zulu warrior with a philosophical bent and great eloquence -

Macumazahn, I have dreamed a dream. I dreamed that thou and I stood together on a star, and looked down on the world, and thou wast as a spirit, Macumazahn, for light flamed through thy flesh, but I could not see what was the fashion of mine own face. The hour has come for us, old h
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised that this is the second in the Allan Quatermain series because chronologically it would be the last. Spoiler(view spoiler)

There was a period of about three chapters where I was just going to quit with it, but having liked both She and King Solomon's Mines, I persevered. All in all, I liked the pacing of the story, it's characters, and locales. As I read these older adventure stories I can't really help to think of the number
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE 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 So

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