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Allan Quatermain #1: King Solomon's Mines [Paperback]

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Before there was Indiana Jones there was Allan Quartermain: the original explorer, treasure hunter, and adventurer. The Quartermain books have captivated readers for more than a century, spawning more than a dozen movies and a host of imitators. Thrill with Allan as he discovers the mythical King Solomon's Mines and their not-so-mythical curse. These are adventure stories in the grandest tradition.

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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 19, 2008
Publisher   Wilder Publications
ISBN  1934451851  
ISBN13  9781934451854  

Availability  107 units.
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More About H. Rider Haggard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! H. Rider Haggard(1856-1925) worked in South Africa during the time of Britian's war with the Zulus and the First Boer War. He turned these experiences into fiction on his return to England and achieved popular and critical acclaim with KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1885), ALLAN QUATERMAIN (1887) and SHE (1887)."

H. Rider Haggard was born in 1856 and died in 1925.

H. Rider Haggard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  2. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  3. Penguin Classics
  4. Puffin Classics

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
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The First "Lost World"  Sep 6, 2007
H. Rider Haggard started it all in the late 1800's -- the first fantasy adventure that discovers an ancient, isolated civilizataion unknown to the outside world. His book began a new genre imitated by dozens of others -- Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, William Henry Hudson's Green Mansions, James Hilton's Lost Horizon, and the Indiana Jones movies.

King Solomon's Mines is the first novel to feature the Great White Hunter Alan Quatermain -- a character Haggard used repeatedly after this first success. It was also one of the first novels to be told in the first person singular.

It is not science fiction, but anthropolgical-historical-geographical adventure fantasy. The 1950's movie with Stewart Granger bears little resemblance. The book is occasionally very funny, even slapstick. Some of its themes and tricks seem cliche today, but Haggard was so often imitated that the imitators were the ones who turned Haggard's ideas into cliches. Movies like the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider use Haggard's idea of broken amulets that confer supernatural powers when the pieces are finally reunited. Another device invented by Haggard was the multi-ton secret door of ancient origin with a hidden activator that produces horrifying consequences.

One of Haggard's later works, Heart of the World, about a lost city of the ancient Maya, has many of the same themes and plot lines, but King Solomon's Mines is set in an area that Haggard knew much better, having lived in South Africa and having become so familiar with the Zulu. He was also inspired by his visit to the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe, which hinted at what had been a great, but lost, African civilizaiton.

In summary: Rip-roaring adventure of grand proportions with colorful characters and vivid scenery, done in a grand old style. The first Lost World fantasy.

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