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Allan Quatermain

(Allan Quatermain #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,254 ratings  ·  225 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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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
Wanda
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
Rob
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
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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
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Charles
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
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John
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp, 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
Dark-Draco
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
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James
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Listened to Librivox.org 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
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Carolin
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).
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.
Md. Faysal Alam Riyad
অযালান কোয়াটারমেইন, সযার হেনরি কারটিস আর কযাপটেন জন গুড, আর.এন. এবার এক নতুন মিশনে। এমন এক জায়গায় এবার তাদের অভিযান, যে গলপ আগে কখনও বলা হয় নি, বলা হবে না পরেও আর। মাউনট কেনিয়া হয়ে এবারের গনতভয মাউনট লেকাকিসেরার ওপারের অজানা অঞচলে। যেখানে কোন শবেতাঙগ মানুষের পা পড়েনি। অথচ সেখানে গিয়ে কিনা দেখলেন, পরায় তাদের মত অনেক শেতাঙগ মানুষ। ...more
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
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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
Ivana
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
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Daren
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.
J.R.
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
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sabisteb aka callisto
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
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Sanjeev
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
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S. Zahler
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lost-race-tales
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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
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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
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Foster
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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Dick Hamilton
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, you must remember that this book was written in the late 1800's so you may find some of the descriptions objectionable if you look at it through the lens of today. However, if you read this book for what it is - a fine sequel to King Solomon's Mines - your time will be well repaid by a very well written adventure story with plenty of action, great descriptions, and fine characters. One thing that struck me was the difference in the writing in this book versus more current fiction - this i ...more
Trounin
Не успев пожить, Аллан Квотермейн оказался сведён в могилу. Его тело кремировали, а история приключений закончилась. Так оно воспринималось в 1887 году, не заглядывая далеко вперёд, где найдётся место для оставшихся неизвестными подвигов. У героя Хаггарда пропал интерес к жизни – он остался один, лишённый последней надежды на счастливую старость, потеряв единственного сына. Умерших не вернуть, поэтому нужно находить другое, к чему тянуться с неослабевающим желанием. А разве есть более лучшее отв ...more
Redsteve
This is the sequel to King Solomon's Mines and is not nearly as entertaining a novel. The African adventures are minimal and the majority of the book is devoted to Quartermain and his companions discovery (and subsequent upheaval) of a mysterious civilization (possibly founded by exiles from Babylon) hidden in the depths of the continent. The lost city of white people in Darkest Africa is a trope that has been done to death and this is not one of the better examples of it. Finally, this particul ...more
Adam
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
H. Rider Haggard has the uncanny ability to write tales that are more thrilling than any writer today could ever conceive. Sure, he has his fair share of prejudices and shortcomings, but he was a man of his time, and wrote admirably of courage, truth, and selfless love. I thoroughly enjoyed Allan Quatermain and believe there is good reason that it's still in print and read after more than a century. His exciting characters lift us out of ourselves and make us long for something (or someone) to f ...more
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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
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