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King Solomon's Mines

(Allan Quatermain #1)

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King Solomon's Mines tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

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Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 337 pages
Published August 13th 1998 by Oxford University Press (first published 1885)
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Hossam Arafat
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية رائعة مليئة بالمغامرات تدور معظم أحداثها في أفريقيا حيث الغموض و الفضول لأكتشاف المزيد من الاسرار عن تلك القارة العجوز البكر
تبدأ الرواية بسير" كيرتس" و الذى يذهب إلى أفريقيا في محاولة للعثور على أخيه المفقود مستعيناً بخدمات "آلان كوترمين" لتبدا رحلة للعثور على الأخ المفقود الذى كان يسعى قبل الأختفاء للعثور على كنوز الملك سليمان الشهيرة التي يقال أنه أخفاها في بعض الجبال خلف الصحراء
الكتاب بالطبع يحوى الكثير من الوصف و التفاصيل عن تلك الرحلة ، لكنها تفاصيل لا يمل منها القارئ، تسلسل الأحداث ب
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Bookdragon Sean
I sincerely recommend this book that useless degenerate sack of shit that sits in the White House today, indeed, that orange buffoon that is playing at presidency would most likely enjoy this considering his latest move as leader of the U.S.A.

For those that don’t know, he is currently contemplating a reversal of the importations of hunting trophies into America; ultimately, encouraging big game hunting in Africa. Americans will be able to go overseas, murder an elephant and come back with its t
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Sanjay Gautam
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I always fascinated treasure hunt books and this book did really surpassed my expectations. A real adventure it was! Its a story of: survival, revenge, making of a king, greatest treasure hunt, and friendship.

I was hooked from the start and the story just got more riveting with every page. This book reminded me of many adventure movies, both from Hollywood and Bollywood (it is the nickname for the Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai, India). And now I can guess from where those movie
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Issa Deerbany
دمج رائع بين التاريخ والخيال والعصر الذي عاش فيه الكاتب. احداث مشوقة وسريعة وغامضة تنتقل من مشهد الى اخر.

كنوز الملك سليمان يحصل عليها المغامرون بعد مغامرتهم الرائعة ولكن لكل منهم كنزه ومن يضحك آخراً يضحك كثيرا.

واختار افريقيا مسرحا لهذه الرواية مع ان تاريخيا كانت مملكة سليمان في آسيا. لان افريقيا تبقى القارة الغامضة وخاصة في عصر كتابة الرواية .

جميلة ومثيرة ومشوقة
Alex
This book is the response to a five-shilling dare from Haggard's brother that he couldn't write a book half as good as Treasure Island. Haggard was enormously popular in his time; he and Robert Louis Stevenson were the two dominant adventure writers

It's enormously imaginative. Alan Quatermain is a brilliant character, a wiry and wily old Ulysses who describes himself as a coward. There's a scene near the end involving artificial stalagmites that's exhilaratingly evocative and creative (and creep
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Nayra.Hassan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
هل أنا جنتلمان؟ هكذا تساءل ألان كوارترمين في ذكرى ميلاده ال55
لقد عملت بيدي منذ سن 11 و
لقد قتلت عشرات الرجال لكني لم الوث يدي بدم بريء
لقد صرعت 65اسدا و كان لابد ان ينهش ساقي الأسد السادس و الستين


فلنشد الرحال لافريقيا مع رواية حملات 🗻 كلاسيكية {لكن نحن في أفريقيا اصلا💃}نتعرف على البريطانيين مهاوييس التنقيب عن الكنوز و الآثار
حملة انقاذ ممزوجة بالبحث عن كنز و بالطبع سرعان ما تتحول ككل قصص المغامرات "لصراع على البقاء احياء" و قطعة واحدة
اهم ما في هذه الروايات التي تنتمي لعهد الاستعمار 1885 الا نحم
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Wanda
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King Solomon’s Mines is very much a product of its Victorian, colonial times. Don’t go into this book expecting anything else. Allan Quartermain is an unlikely protagonist, an elephant hunter, something that would get him publically shamed on the internet nowadays. This is very much an adventure tale, set in deepest, darkest Africa. White men have no doubt that they are at the very tippy-top of the social hierarchy and have no compunctions about expressing
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Jan-Maat
I got my copy of this book on holiday in Devon as a child, probably on a Wednesday afternoon. The bookshop was shut, but there was a shelf of books outside with sign asking you to put the money under the door if you wanted something and for twenty pence I had myself a copy.

It is a Vikings meet Zulus story, noble savages and fearless adventurers (view spoiler) crossed with the mythical wealth of King Solomon from the old testament with a hidden heir and a treasur
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Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I get the feeling that a good old timey adventure book would be a good thing to read. This is (hopefully) the last time I think this as the results are always dire. Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" was one hell of a struggle. Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday" was dreadful. However, Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines" takes the prize for most unreadable load of old toss ever.

3 Englishmen ponce into Africa on a treasure hunt. They cross romantic terrain, shoot majestic anima
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Henry Avila
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allan Quatermain, is hired by Sir Henry Curtis, to find his younger brother, George. Quatermain, a hunter among other things, could use the money and agrees to guide the dangerous expedition. Along with Sir Henry, is Captain John Good, former British navy officer and a close friend of Curtis. Both believe George, has traveled to the interior of Africa,(set in late 1800's) seeking his fortune. Having quarreled with Sir Henry , the penniless and proud man left England, not wanting to depend on his ...more
Mohammed Atef
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية جيدة مليئة بالمغامرات والمتعة وتسلسل الأحداث بها سريع وغير متوقع أحياناً
Hend
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أفضل كتب المغامرات التي قرأتها
الفكرة جيدة رغم غرابتها، وتسلسل الأحداث سريع ومشوق للغاية، والنهاية جيدة
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, good adventure story that has been around for a long time. it's been made into several movies (none of which actually resemble the book all that much. For one thing, there's no heroine...at all. There's only two semi-main female characters in the entire book).

First, there are things in this book that will offend some readers. They are "unintentional" the book is a product of it's time, the late 1800s. The racial attitudes here are from that era and anyone picking up the book should be awar
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Opening lines:
It is a curious thing that at my age— fifty-five last birthday— I should find myself taking up a pen to try to write a history.


Quotations:

I asked a page or two back, what is a gentleman? I'll answer the question now: A Royal Naval officer is, in a general sort of way, though of course there may be a black sheep among them here and there.

For to my mind, however beautiful a view may be, it requires the presence of man to make it complete,
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Corey
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typically, I’m a fan of Victorian adventure and mystery novels. In fact, I’ve been saving H. Rider Haggard’s masterpiece, “King Solomon’s Mines,” for almost two years because I thought I would enjoy it so much. Sadly, I was much deceived in the character of Haggard’s “great” adventure novel. The story goes that Haggard read “Treasure Island” (which I incidentally very much enjoyed), decided that he could easily write something better and made a bet to that effect. And with the idea of besting Ro ...more
LeAnne
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading and then reviewing a novel written in the 1880s, one has to sort of teleport back a century or so to be fair. Reading an artifact vs a contemporary work of historical fiction requires an entirely different barometer.

In many instances, the reader has to put aside the shock of sexism and xenophobia in order to jump into the tale. Occasionally, the old styled language and pace is painful. I remember once being iced in at the tiny Tupelo, Mississippi airport for seven hours. There was
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Meseceva
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Oziel Bispo
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores livros de Aventura que já li, Onde um experiente caçador de tesouros é requisitado por um rico senhor para ir em expedição à África procurar seu irmão desaparecido há dois anos quando fora à procura das minas do rei Salomão .No trajeto , na chegada e na permanência dos "homens das estrelas" naquele lugar inóspito, acontece todo tipo de empecilhos e aventura que torna esse livro delicioso de se ler. Eu simplesmente amei.
Frogy (Ivana)
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocena je 4,5*/5*, ali fenomenalno Makondovo izdanje zaslužuje 10* ;)
Issicratea
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800-1900, reviewed
I was inspired to reread Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines by noticing that it existed in an Oxford World’s Classics edition, edited by Roger Luckhurst, whose excellent edition of The Portrait of a Lady for the same series I had just finished. The temptation to see what contemporary literary criticism would make of this magnificent piece of hokum, which I last read when I was about eleven, was just too great.

Literally all that King Solomon’s Mines has in common with The Portrait of a Lady is
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Checkman
The novel that started the "Lost World" genre. It's from this book that (eventually) Indiana Jones evolved not to mention all the other numerous fictional adventurers. The genre is mostly moribund in 2016 - a victim of the 21st century. But the books and movies are still out there and "King Solomon's Mines" was the one that started it.

Well what can one say about a novel from the late Victorian era? The writing, characterizations, plot devices and ideas are very different from what we expect fro
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Ah Med Yahia
هل تزوج النبي سليمان الملكة بلقيس

أكان أحد أبوي بلقيس من الجان ؟؟؟ وهل يرجع نسبها الي سام بن نوح؟؟

القران توقف عند نقطة معينة في ذكر الملكة بلقيس ولم يذكر ان الملك سليمان قد تزوجها ... ولكن العلماء والمفسرين لهم أراء كثيرة في ذلك

الطبيب "ادمز" الذي حارب الطاعون والتيفوئد حتا اخذ منه زوجته .. الان يحارب حاكم مصر ويشاهد المهدي يخطف ابنه الذي بيع لتجار العبيد ولكن اسوار السجن منعته من كل شئ ... حتا علم ان ابنه استقر به الحال في عالم موازي لعالمنا ف صحاري افريقيا .... يسمون قبائل "الفنج"

كيف اتي ذلك
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Mohamed Khaled Sherif
عودة مرة آخرى إلى سلسلة "روايات عالمية" ورواية جديدة لكاتب إنجليزي وترجمة "نبيل فاروق.
الرواية تُعد مُغامرة جيدة، ولكن للأسف لم تعجبني كثيراً.

أجواء الرواية كانت جيدة، أهداف ودوافع كل شخصية جيدة، ولكنك ستشعر أنك قرأت هذه الرواية من قبل عشرات المرات.
حتى "الإلتواءة" في النهاية، كانت مُتوقعة وواضحة ولم تُفاجئني بالطبع.
على كُل حال، أتمنى أن لا يكون هذا هو حال كُل السلسلة.
David Sarkies
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like adventure
Recommended to David by: Richard Chamberlain
Shelves: adventure
The original Indiana Jones
3 September 2013

I remember watching a movie based on this book starring Richard Chamberlain. I actually quite enjoyed the film, though one of the major differences that I discovered between the film and the book is the inclusion of a beautiful white female. I guess that is what one really has to expect from Hollywood, particularly since there have been a lot of Hollywood movies that have been based on books of old and they have thrown in a girl because, well, a Hollywo
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حنان لاشين
رواية مغامرات شيقة و رائعة صدرت عام 1885 من تأليف (هنري رايدر هاجرد )
وهو كاتب شهير من العصر الفكتوري
وهي تحكي عن رحلة في مناطق غير مكتشفة من أفريقيا يقوم بها مجموعة من المستكشفين يقودهم ألان كواترمين في البحث عن أخ مفقود لأحد أفراد المجموعة.
الرواية أول رواية خيالية تدور أحداثها في إفريقيا وتعتبر مصدر إلهام لأدب العالم المفقود.
تروي حكاية مجموعة من صيادي الكنوز في رحلة بحث عن ألماس أسطوري في الأرض الضائعة. في القصة يرحل السير هنري كورتس، الكابتن جون جوود، والصياد آلان كواترمين، مصحوبين ب"أمبوبا
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Chloe
I was really torn about how to rate this book. On the one hand, it was a fun and thrilling adventure tale, the likes of which have been setting fire to the minds of young children with visions of exotic and far-flung locales for centuries. I can well imagine the delight with which this ripping yarn was received by the readers of the 1880s. On the other hand, there is just so much omnipresent racism throughout the entire story that I found it endlessly distracting and offputting.

King Solomon's Mi
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gia
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the works that helped inspire Indiana Jones, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and lord knows what all else, King Solomon's Mines may not be a staggering work of fiction, but it nonetheless shaped a lot of literature (and films!) in the decades to come.

With that in mind I embarked on Allan Quatermain's journey to the titular mines, although they feature primarily at the end of the journey.

In fact, all together I'd have to say the experience was a bit episodic: first there's the almos
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سماح عطية
احدى قراءاتي القديمة، متى قرأتها؟
أظن من سبع سنوات تقريبًا أو أكثر.
لا أذكر من أحداثها شيئًا سوى لمحاتٍ لا تكوّن ولو صورة صغيرة عنها؛
ولكني أذكرُ جيدًا أني حين بدأت بقراءتها لم أتركها إلا بعد أن وصلت لخاتمتها!

بحثتُ عنها العام الماضي لأعيد قراءتها ولكنها اختفت بشكل غريب من مكتبتي!
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
Perhaps my earliest enjoyable memory of reading (at first in translation). The exotic, other-worldly descriptions here- of places and people both, were utterly entrancing, and the presence of the map and the key it presented for the plot's progression kept my young self fascinated (and not because there were mountains on it called Sheba's Breasts... at least I hope not- there's some Freudian imagery now that I think about it). It's my feeling sometimes that I've come to overuse the term 'mythic' ...more
S.Ach
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
If your favourite genre is "Action and Adventure", your all-time favourite book is Stevenson's "Treasure Island", you swear by "Indiana Jones" and "Temple Run" finds its icon in your mobile screen, this is THE book for you.
You will find everything that a good adventure story should have - a valiant group of people with strong moral and determination to indulge in all kinds of hunts - treasure, wild animals, witch (?), etc, ancient marauding tribal folks, tribal sacrifices, tribal attack, tribal
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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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“It is far. But there is no journey upon this earth that a man may not make if he sets his heart to it. There is nothing, Umbopa, that he cannot do, there are no mountains he may not climb, there are no deserts he cannot cross; save a mountain and a a desert of which you are spared the knowledge, if love leads him and he holds his life in his hand counting it as nothing, ready to keep it or to lose it as Providence may order.” 37 likes
“Yet man dies not whilst the world, at once his mother and his monument, remains. His name is lost, indeed, but the breath he breathed still stirs the pine-tops on the mountains, the sound of the words he spoke yet echoes on through space; the thoughts his brain gave birth to we have inherited to-day; his passions are our cause of life; the joys and sorrows that he knew are our familiar friends--the end from which he fled aghast will surely overtake us also!
Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.”
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