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King Solomon's Mines (Tor Ed.) [School & Library Binding]

H. Rider Haggard
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Oct 1999
King Solomon’s Mines: Allan Quatermain tracks a missing adventurer last seen heading into the unexplored interior of remote Africa in a hunt for the fabled mines of King Solomon, the biblical king known for his wisdom. In a swashbuckling, Indiana Jones-style adventure, Allan sets out with the promise of a share in a treasure and departs with a map he’s never really taken seriously. His group style themselves "white men from the stars" – sorcerer-gods – and are brought before the violent ruler King Twala in one of the many adventures along their journey. (Published 1885)
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613173325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613173322
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 10.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,058,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A peculiarly thrilling and vigorous tale of adventure." --Andrew Lang --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Henry Rider Haggard (1856–1925) was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a founder of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform around the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. He may be a little verbose but every word has a use. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a 300 year old map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

If you get a chance to also hear the recording, an added plus is narration by John Richmond; He brings the characters to life and adds to the mystique that this story has been passed down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good old fashioned adventure story 19 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a good old fashioned adventure story that takes place in Africa. Yes the story is far fetched but once you get into it you just can't put it down. The descriptions of the exotic landscapes would have excited readers in the nineteenth century but I still feel that they make a modern reader, who will have either visited Africa or at least seen it on TV, feel in awe at the wild nature of the country.

If you are at all politically correct then you will not enjoy this book because of the descriptions of the African tribes and the fact that some of the characters hunt wild elephants. But if that doesn't bother you then you will find that the characters are wonderfully fun and lively, with "Alan Q" having several more books created about his adventures.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book, must read , weird writing 15 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am eleven and I found this book an enjoyable read. It was written a long time ago and it was first published in 1885 or so I read. Therefore some of the language is hard for some people who might read it. It has many things that are now illegal. For example there are elephant hunts and killing of giraffes.The ending is a bit dramatic and a bit far fetched but still a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I speak of Africa and golden joys..." 6 Aug 2013
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
When Sir Henry Curtis' brother George goes missing in Africa, Sir Henry and his friend, Captain Good, set out to find him. While they are en route to Natal, they meet up with Allan Quatermain, a local elephant hunter and adventurer, who is able to tell them that George had started out on a quest to find the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. When Sir Henry asks if Quatermain believes in the existence of the mines, Quatermain replies that he had never paid too much heed to the legend until, some time earlier, he came into possession of a rough map showing the way there, written in blood by a man now long dead. Sir Henry begs Quatermain to go with them to seek for the mines, in the hopes of finding his brother there; and, in return for a promise of a share in any treasure they find, Quatermain agrees. While Quatermain gets together supplies and a team of bearers for the journey, he is approached by Umbopa, a native who doesn't look or act like the usual bearer but is very keen to join the expedition. And so they set off to cross the burning desert to seek their fortune in the mountains beyond...

This is a great adventure story - the greatest I've ever read and truly deserving of the term 'classic'. The story is told by Allan Quatermain in the first person. He sees Sir Henry as the hero of the story, but the reader knows that Quatermain himself is the true hero. The grizzled old hunter, with his knowledge of the ways of the natives, with his hunting skills and, above all, with the bravery which he hides beneath a cloak of modesty, is the heart of the book. But Sir Henry is a fine character too, tall, strong, handsome, intelligent - everything an Englishman of the Empire should be.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. He may be a little verbose but every word has a use. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a 300 year old map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.

If you get a chance to also hear the recording, an added plus is narration by John Richmond; He brings the characters to life and adds to the mystique that this story has been passed down.
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out dated but still ok
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I found this an engaging enough read by tackling it just a few pages at a time. It starts well and ends well but the middle lags a bit with the adventurers sucked into the politics... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is by far one of the best I've read. Allan Quartermaine is the Indiana jones of books! 5 star.
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Published 14 months ago by bernie
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd time around is better reading
Last time I read this was at school and it's amazing just how much I remembered, will hang on to this and read it again in the future.
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