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Dated adventure doesn't match anticipation

  • Sep 18, 2008
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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 thick going) seems to drag interminably through lesser adventures to get there.

So, the adventure was good enough to keep me reading, but not good enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to skip to the end, not because of breathless anticipation, but just to get on with it, then.

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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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