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Praised as "the most amazing story ever written," this 1885 story tells the tale in which Allan Quatermain, a gentleman adventurer, is hired to locate a man who has disappeared into the heart of Africa while hunting for the legendary lost diamond mines of King Solomon.
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ISBN-10:  0486447820
ISBN-13:  978-0486447827
Author:  H. Rider Haggard
Publisher:  Dover Publications
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review by . September 18, 2008
Written on a bet to be a more exciting adventure story than Robinson Crusoe, KSM falls short perhaps because of the raised expectations.    Yes, the adventurers, lead by the appealingly wry and self-deprecating narrator and big-time lion hunter Allan Quartermain, do reach the mines, but almost as an afterthought, and the anticipatory trek through "darkest Africa" (cultural sensitivity alert! This book is very much a product of its British Imperial times, and the racism can be …
Quick Tip by . December 22, 2010
Like many of its contemporaries - Edgar Rice Burrough's Caspak, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World, Jules Verne's subterranean Lidenbrock Sea and even HG Well's Island of Dr Moreau - KING SOLOMON'S MINES is a story of adventure into an exotic locale and can be summarized with the broadest brush in the most general terms as Indiana Jones with Victorian sensibilities and motives.
review by . September 24, 2010
Like many of its contemporaries - Edgar Rice Burrough's Caspak, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World, Jules Verne's subterranean Lidenbrock Sea and even HG Well's Island of Dr Moreau - KING SOLOMON'S MINES is a story of adventure into an exotic locale and can be summarized with the broadest brush in the most general terms as Indiana Jones with Victorian sensibilities and motives.      Allan Quatermain, a gentleman adventurer who has by a combination of good …
review by . January 29, 2000
I formerly rated this one at only four stars since it lacks "gravitas" and is basically a pure, escapist tale. I thought that made it too light for the heady draught of five star-ism. But on reflection I think I was too harsh. The book does have staying power in my memory. So here goes.      Surely a classic, this was Haggard's first foray into the literary field -- to prove he could do it better than some of his contemporaries. Having spent time in South Africa as a minor civil …
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