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King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
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Jun 06, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: riproaringcolonialadventureyarns, fiction

The forward to this claims that H. Rider Haggard was reading a lot of late colonial adventure yarns and remarked to a friend that he could write this stuff, and the friend suggested he do it, so he did.

This, I feel, is indicative of this book. It has all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. The strengths: a true sense of adventure and exploration that marked British sentiment at this time, the sort found in Jules Verne and Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World and the like. The weaknesses: an astounding insensitivity to other cultures and countries. The characterizations of Africans in this are outright painful.
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