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Legend has it that when H. Rider Haggard read Treasure Island he was so underwhelmed that he bet five shillings he could do better.  He proceeded to combine the recent discovery of diamonds at Kimberly, South Africa and of the great Zimbabwe Ruins, the real-life exploits of explorers like Richard Francis Burton, the legend of the lost kingdom of Prester John, a treasure map, a witch doctor, and many more classic and soon-to-be-classic elements into one of the great adventures stories of all time.  Allan Quartermain, Sir Henry Curtis, and Captain John Good trek deep into the heart of deepest Africa in search of Sir Henry's brother and of the lost mines of King Solomon.  Along the way they encounter all manner of hardship, escape from innumerable seemingly impossible predicaments,  restore a lost king to his rightful throne, and are well rewarded for their efforts.

This is all just rip roaring good fun and, for obvious reasons, spawned many sequels and scores of imitators.  If you've ever wondered precisely what the Indiana Jones movies are a homage to : pick this book up and wonder no more.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (A+)

  

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    -Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)  (kirjasto)
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : Your search: "rider haggard"
    -ETEXT : King Solomon's Mines (Page by Page Books)
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    -World's Greatest Classic Books Feature:  Henry Rider Haggard
    -ESSAY : A Meditation on Lost Race Literature  with special reference to the works of H. Rider Haggard (Jessica Amanda Salmonson)
    -BIBLIO : An Annotated Bibliography of  H. Rider Haggard's Fantasies in 1st Editions (Jessica Amanda Salmonson)
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    -REVIEW : Belated Reviews #26: H. Rider Haggard (Dani Zweig)
    -REVIEW : of  Three Adventure Novels:  She,  King Solomon's Mines,  Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard (Matthew Urick)

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    -INFO :  King Solomon's Mines (1950) (Imdb)
    -BUY IT : King Solomon's Mines (1950) VHS (Amazon.com)

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    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : prester john
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : zimbabwe
    -Great Zimbabe National Park  (Zimbabwe Ruins / National Monument)  (Zimbabwe)
    -Great Zimbabwe
    -Zimbabwe Reflections by Wojciech Worwag
    -ESSAY : Great Zimbabwe Ruins (American Connections to Africa)
    -ESSAY : Zimbabwe Ruins at the Electronic Passport
    -The Ruins of Great Zimbabwe
    -Zimbabwe Safari
    -ESSAY : King Solomon's Seal (The Pagan Path)
    -REVIEW : of Sexual Anarchy :  Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle  By Elaine Showalter (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)

Comments:

I think that the reveiw was good but that you left out a lot of things. For example: you left out why you thought it was good. Also, half of the reveiw was not actually a reveiw, it was how H. Rider Haggard came to write the book. Sure, it was informational, but not an A+ reveiw. The book was awesome though.

- -Anonymous-

- Dec-10-2006, 11:48

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