King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines[Ebook] ➨ King Solomon's Mines By H. Rider Haggard – O livro narra uma jornada ao coração da África feita por um grupo de aventureiros liderados por Allan uatermain em busca de lendária riueza ue diz se estar oculta nas minas ue dão nome ao romance O livro narra uma jornada ao coração da África feita por um grupo de aventureiros liderados por Allan uatermain em busca de lendária riueza ue diz se estar oculta nas minas ue dão nome ao romance É considerado o primeiro romance de aventura a se passar na África e é considerado o precursor do gênero literário mundo perdido em ue se descobre um novo mundo daí sua importância. This book was written for men like Haggard stupid Victorian men with small minds and no heart They are the brutes They are the uncivilised savage And this is what children were given to read at the time? This is what they saw as an “adventure?” How could Achebe attack Conrad when drivel like this is the cannon? This is a disgusting product of history one the world is better off forgettingSure you may argue that Haggard displays the Africans as civilised And to an extent he does They have their own martial culture But through the eyes of his characters this still translates as primitive Through a lens of Imperialism it is a patronising relationship The African is ready to be guided and taught the errors of his culture’s ways To the white man they are debased and primitive But for me this wasn’t the most repulsive thing about the writing What do the white men do when they go to Africa? This other world?They try to claim it They go about shooting everything for no apparent reason Is this how man shows his supposed superiority? Is this how a civilisation exerts its supremacy? Shooting a random giraffe through the neck is considered fair game bagging a few lions is good sportsmanship and slaughtering an elephant is the best of the best it is a real accomplishment a real achievement for a Victorian adventurer So not only do we have disgusting attitudes toward imperialism but we have a blatant display of a terrible aspect of the Victorian mind set We see deplorable men who think they are than the natural world The Romantic generation would vomit if they read such unsentimental literature I want to vomit “Listen What is life? It is a feather it is the seed of the grass blown hither and thither sometimes multiplying itself and dying in the act sometimes carried away into the heavens But if that seed be good and heavy it may perchance travel a little way on the road it wills It is well to try and journey one's road and to fight with the air Man must die At the worst he can but die a little sooner”According to the blurb this is the first novel written in English taking place in Africa Another and a better known fact is that this is the first Lost World novel and H Rider Haggard was the father of the trope The book is told in first person by Allan uatermain In the beginning of the story he is getting old but still doing his dangerous business of elephant hunting in South Africa One day two English gentlemen approached him Their names were Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good The former's brother was lost while trying to find legendary diamond mines of King Solomon yes THAT Solomon from the Old Testament They wanted to ask Allan to join them in their search considering his experience and survival skills It turned out Allan knew something about this business so after lots of hesitations and pondering he decided to accept the offer A dangerous adventure followed culminating in our party ending up in a lost world No dinosaurs this time though sorry Now that I finished the book and had some time to think about it I realized it has great descriptions of South African landscapes There were plenty of them but they were short enough not to become boring I have never been even close to that place but I am now convinced it is gorgeous In case I have not made this clear before the book is old fashioned adventure This means people that love the genre will love it and people trying to look at it from the modern point of view will hate it I belong to the first category so my vote is Yea I found it curious that in the books written at around this time any warm blooded male upon seeing an elephant or better yet the whole herd would immediately grab a high caliber gun and start shooting It seems we became kind toward other animals since then I also admit that there are some Imperialistic undertones present and no wonder considering the time the story was written was the height of the power of British Empire What I did not find was blatant racism that reviewers are uick to point out Right in the beginning of the tale Allan said that there are black people that are real gentlemen and there are while people that are not In other words he was an eual opportunity guy If you are still not convinced read the chapter The Last Stand of Grays and try to find anything racist in the noble stand of the black army In any way my rating is 4 stars and I stand by it Sir H Henry Rider Haggard the British inventor of the lost civilization adventures stories has here one of his most famous and best King Solomon's Mines a wonderful if improbable trek through the thick jungles high mountains scorching deserts of this fascinating land For any person interested in this fun type of genre and those discovering it a new captivating city uite old in reality hidden from our knowledge for thousands of years is found obviously I shouldn't need to say for the young at heart Allan uatermain Englishman an African explorer in the dark continent of the nineteenth century well known for his bravery is hired by wealthy Sir Henry Curtis to find his younger brother George Mr uatermain a hunter among other things he could use the money and agrees to guide the dangerous expedition yet not feeling too good about its prospects Along with Sir Henry is Captain John Good former British naval officer and a close friend of Curtis Both believe the irrational George has traveled to the interior of Africa seeking his own fortune Having uarreled with Sir Henry the angry penniless but proud man left England not wanting to depend on his rich older brother for a living George was looking for the legendary King Solomon's Mines a myth most think still to a desperate person has nothing to lose Meeting Umbopa a mysterious African who seems to know a great deal about the unknown territory can he be trusted? they need to explore and finding their way a task uite unappealing and very dangerous to them too So Umbopa consents to go with the Englishmen there something is not right here but they have no other option Journeying through a water less desert they barely survive the monumental ordeal the burning Sun always above next comes a warlike tribe in Kukuanaland the strange country ruled by Twala their unfriendly king Also an evil ageless witch Gagool who helps Twala terrorize the people and the whole tribe fears greatly with good reason Diamonds numerous as grains of sand are unearthed yet where is George ? And how to get out of Kukuanaland alive Umbopa reveals he's Ignosi the rightful king he says however his cousin has another opinion When many tribesmen join him in his uest to overthrow Twala civil war breaks out Blood flows freely until the conflict is ended however can they escape through the treacherous mountains and get back to England? An enjoyable adventure novel from the zenith days of the British Empire I always fascinated treasure hunt books and this book did really surpassed my expectations A real adventure it was Its a story of survival revenge making of a king greatest treasure hunt and friendship I was hooked from the start and the story just got riveting with every page This book reminded me of many adventure movies both from Hollywood and Bollywood it is the nickname for the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai India And now I can guess from where those movies have got their inspiration Unlike movies which always have some love story interwoven in the script there is but a very minor love story which ends uite differently and abruptly and I kinda liked it Even though many subplots were uite predictable I was never left disappointed rather it was a very interesting story filled with thrill and suspense and I was always eager and excited to find what's going to happen next which culminates with a happy endingHighly recommended This book is the response to a five shilling dare from Haggard's brother that he couldn't write a book half as good as Treasure Island Haggard was enormously popular in his time; he and Robert Louis Stevenson were the two dominant adventure writersIt's enormously imaginative Alan uatermain is a brilliant character a wiry and wily old Ulysses who describes himself as a coward There's a scene near the end involving artificial stalagmites that's exhilaratingly evocative and creative and creepy And at the same time you see a bunch of now familiar bits appearing for the first time; it's impossible to miss the gleam of Indiana Jones in uatermain's eyeSo why isn't Haggard as well loved today as he was back then? It might be consistency; Stevenson has Kidnapped Treasure Island and Jekyll Hyde as three classics and Haggard only has this and maybe She which I haven't read And Jekyll Hyde is kindof on a level slightly higher than any of these pure adventure stories as fun as they areBut it's probably also due to Haggard's awkward views on race This is a novel of the colonial era It depicts white men exploiting native populations for treasure and it has a reputation as racistIs it actually racist? Erhow's not as racist as people seem to think sound? Like I'm euivocating? Okay to get into this you're gonna have to view spoiler uatermain and his men arrive in a fictional African nation and promptly exploit local politics to overthrow the local king and install one friendly to their mission which is to loot the kingdom of its treasure They cheerfully present themselves as gods and take advantage of the locals' superstition and it's uite clear that the natives need the intervention of the white gods to bring justice to their kingdom So far so badOn the other hand they unknowingly bring with them the exiled rightful ruler of the kingdom who is in fact exploiting them in order to return to power This guy knows perfectly well they're not gods and is alternately amused and annoyed at their charades He and several other native characters are presented as shrewd tactically adept dignified men uatermain's crew help him back to the throne and then leave under stern orders that white people and particularly their missionaries are never to set foot in his land again This then is clearly not a colonialist book Both the locals and the whites are in accordance that continued white interference would be annoying at best and catastrophic at worst Given the times and that Haggard was himself part of the colonial infrastructure one could argue that this is a pretty liberal view Haggard repeatedly compares this African society to European society In Kukualand as among the Germans every able bodied man is a soldier Ch IX Cruel Africans are compared to cruel Europeans 'One' counted Twala the king just like a black Madame DeFarge before doing something particularly ghastly Ch X Yeah I kinda loved that Tale of Two Cities reference In both cases the message is that this is a savage cruel land and so is Europe And listen to the tone of contempt in the king's farewell speech Ye have the stones; now you would go to Natal and across the moving black water and sell them and be rich as it is the desire of the white man's heart to be Ch XIX It's not perfect uatermain's crew make the new king promise not to go indiscriminately slaughtering his people like the old one did and he sortof grumbles about it although you never have the impression he was planning on doing that anyway The view here seems to be of an Africa that could use a little interference from Europe but temporary and wise interference So y'know that's not how Africa has ever seen it But it's also not how many Europeans of the time saw it Honestly I was troubled by uatermain's tendency to shoot every animal he saw than by his behavior toward the locals hide spoiler Alan uartermain is an African explorer and hunterHe is asked to accompany Sir Henry Curtisa Dane whose brotherGeorge Nevillehas gone missing while looking for King Solomon's diamond mines Also with them is Captain GoodThe journey is not an easy oneThey follow an ancient map and nearly die of thirstas they go deep into the desertSurviving that ordealthey arrive in the land of the cruel king Tawala and his advisorGagoolAfter a civil war and a series of adventuresGagool leads them to King Solomon's diamond minesThose diamonds can make them very richIt is a pretty good adventurewith the flavour of Africa and its sometimes cruel tribal customsI first read it as an Urdu translation when I was a kidand it left uite an impact at the timeRevisiting it a long time laterI enjoyed itHoweverthe Alan uartermain moviesgenerally disappointed me 2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List King Solomon’s Mines is very much a product of its Victorian colonial times Don’t go into this book expecting anything else Allan uartermain is an unlikely protagonist an elephant hunter something that would get him publically shamed on the internet nowadays This is very much an adventure tale set in deepest darkest Africa White men have no doubt that they are at the very tippy top of the social hierarchy and have no compunctions about expressing that belief They believe Africans to be primitive superstitious and prefer them subservient An African may be king in his own lost kingdom but must still admit his unworthiness to euality with a ne’er do well hunter like uartermainNot recommended for the overly politically correct but providing many insights into the colonial mindset that still plagues us today A fantastical adventure in the Victorian style I got my copy of this book on holiday in Devon as a child probably on a Wednesday afternoon The bookshop was shut but there was a shelf of books outside with sign asking you to put the money under the door if you wanted something and for twenty pence I had myself a copyIt is a Vikings meet Zulus story noble savages and fearless adventurers view spoiler with false teeth hide spoiler Every so often I get the feeling that a good old timey adventure book would be a good thing to read This is hopefully the last time I think this as the results are always dire Conan Doyle's The Lost World was one hell of a struggle Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday was dreadful However Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines takes the prize for most unreadable load of old toss ever 3 Englishmen ponce into Africa on a treasure hunt They cross romantic terrain shoot majestic animals patronise and insult black people before leaving with a few pocketfuls of giant diamonds back to Blighty What ho Sounds a bit of a lark what? It's not First off Haggard has his hero uatermain say in the first chapter that they went to Africa did this did that and made it back home with the treasure Oh great now I'm really on the edge of my seat Now when uatermain and chums are in danger and the chapter ends on a cliffhanger by Victorian standards I'll know that they make it out because this was explained in the first chapter Also Haggard has the annoying habit of describing every single meaningless detail in a scene So when they cross the desert you have endless descriptions of wind and how thirsty everyone is and how if they don't make it they'll die and the characters start whinging and don't stop and will they make it? Look an oasis we're saved No tension whatsoever anyway we all know they make it BECAUSE THEY SAY SO AT THE START All this needless exposition and attempts at drama are useless if we know the characters make it The most offending attempt at literature in this amazingly labelled classic is the way Haggard deals with Africans They're all noble savages who for some reason speak like medieval dukes Thou hast ye sayest not hark etc all make regular appearances in their speech but does he honestly think Africans speak like that? The Englishmen patronise the Africans like pets and Haggard has the Africans run about like gormless children either behaving nobly ie standing around bored saying nothing or like coked up teens with a hormone imbalance ie screaming tearing hair killing people randomly No attempt at characterisation is made and none of the characters seem at all real In fact they all sound remarkably the same like a middle class educated Englishman This is the most tedious novel I've ever read it actually made me angry while I was reading Haggard can't seem to accept the reader has the capacity to fill in the gaps For example rather than say they went to the ridge and sat down he has to say they gathered up their things items are listed and digressed and after several parting words list numerous mundane words hastened up the path description of path and weather while we wondered about list everything thats happened thus far and upon reaching the ridge list various mundane observations the characters have made while walking we sat down and gazed at the view list needless description of mountain range It's EXHAUSTING I hurled the book away from me every time I sat it down about every 3 chapters and am amazed at my tolerance for poor writing How is this a classic? It's not at all on the level of Great Expectations or The Picture of Dorian Gray or numerous other examples There's no profundity no great story no great writing Haggard is a very minor writer and his contribution to literature is very small if at all recognisable I am amazed this is listed as a classic when it is the 1880s version of a Lee Child novel Give this a wide book berth it's appalling When reading and then reviewing a novel written in the 1880s one has to sort of teleport back a century or so to be fair Reading an artifact vs a contemporary work of historical fiction reuires an entirely different barometer In many instances the reader has to put aside the shock of sexism and xenophobia in order to jump into the tale Occasionally the old styled language and pace is painful I remember once being iced in at the tiny Tupelo Mississippi airport for seven hours There was no coffee shop or sundry store just vending machines and the only thing I had to read with him me was Far From the Madding Crowd Omg I actually prayed for death a time or two But not so with this Sure it is dated but this is the still muscle bound great great grandpa to Indiana Jones Like In Cold Blood being the firstborn of the true crime genre Mines is the initial spark of every action adventure uest story written Sure they eat the hearts of elephants in here But there is a bunch of polygamy in the Bible and its readers overlook that right?I had a blast reading this old tale Give it a go

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 236 pages
  • King Solomon's Mines
  • H. Rider Haggard
  • English
  • 06 October 2014
  • 9780812583564