King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

Book - 2007
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"On board a ship bound for Natal, adventurer Allan Quatermain meets Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good. His new friends have set out to find Sir Henry's younger brother, who vanished while seeking King Solomon's legendary diamond mines in the African interior. By strange chance, Quatermain has a map to the mines, drawn in blood, and agrees to join the others on their perilous journey. The travellers face many dangers on their quest - the baking desert heat, the hostile lost tribe they discover and the evil 'wise woman' who holds the secret of the diamond mines."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2007.
ISBN: 9780141439525
0141439521
Branch Call Number: FIC HAGGARD
Characteristics: xlvii, 260 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hampson, Robert

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Quietday
Jan 30, 2017

If you're looking for a swashbuckling Victorian adventure about dark caves, wild tribes and quests for hidden treasures and diamonds, this is your book. My 12 & 14 year old kids gave it pretty good ratings.

There are a lot of coincidences in this just when tragedy is about to strike: Quartermain just happens to have the book that notes an eclipse will convince the king they are gods, a gust of fresh air will lead to an escape from a sealed cave, just before the adventurers die of thirst a lush green "hidden" valley will appear, and a stone will suddenly crush the crazy witch.

I bet this was a real thriller in its day. Good thing I wasn't wearing a corset like a Victorian lady while I was reading or I might have fainted at all the close calls!

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Elentari
Jun 22, 2015

I cannot wait to read this book. Unfortunately, the library does not have The Brethren, one of my most favorite by Haggard. The brethren was a breathtaking tale full of adventure that I absolutely loved. I am expecting great things out of this book!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 02, 2014

Maybe the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) example of British imperial/empire adventure fiction. Also see Kipling's stories.

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