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Allan Quatermain

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

Allan Quatermain was the quintessential Victorian English gentleman come African big-game hunter. In this book, the second in the series, Quaterman and his two good friends from KSM have tired of their dull and unfulfilling lives in England, and decide to search for the truth of an old tale about the existence of an isolated white kingdom deep in darkest Africa. Their journey and subsequent adventures are sure to satisfy those who enjoy tales of dangerous quests and heroic just-in-time derring-do.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In following these men we this morning caught two black men, one black woman, a white donkey, and a white girl. One of the black men we killed -- there is his head upon the pavement; the other ran away. The black woman, the little white girl, and the white ass we took and brought with us. In proof thereof have I brought this basket that she carried. Is it not thy daughter's basket?'

Mr Mackenzie nodded, and the warrior went on.

'Good! With thee and thy daughter we have no quarrel, nor do we wish to harm thee, save as to thy cattle, which we have already gathered, two hundred and forty head -- a beast for every man's father.' 6

Here Mr Mackenzie gave a groan, as he greatly valued this herd of cattle, which he bred with much care and trouble.

'So, save for the cattle, thou mayst go free; more especially,' he added frankly, glancing at the wall, 'as this place would be a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Hmmmm. And again...Hmmmm.

I'm not sure what I really thought of this, hence the very neutral star rating. The first half of the book I loved - it's everything I expected. Quatermain and his friends set off across Africa to discover a lost 'white' tribe. Despite not giving any real justification fo...more

ALLAN QUATERMAIN is a lunk-headed adventure yarn that manages to entertain despite its patent absurdity. But if you're the type of reader who can't take stories at face-value, chances are you will hate it. This is, after all, a story about three priviledged Englishmen who, out of boredom, head ov...more

When Allan Quatermain's son Harry,a physician ,dies of smallpox .He was a volunteer treating hospital patients; thankfully now an extinct disease.The father is devastated and becomes very restless.Prosperous but bored in Merry Old England.Allan is alone in the world, except for his two close frie...more

A curiously dark book, all things considered. Somewhere I have a biography of Haggard. which I can't remember anything from. It would be interesting to find out whether he wrote this at a bad time in his life.
Haggard wrote KING SOLOMON'S MINES first, which introduced Allan Quartermain to the worl...more

Wow. I believe this sequel to the iconic King Solomon's Mines is a better novel, whether in plot, character, or theme. Allan Quatermain is the second of the Quatermain novels written, but chronologically it comes at the end, and becomes a sort of "explorer in winter." As the book opens, Quatermai...more

I have read Haggard’s She and King Solomon's Mines, and I basically knew what to expect when I began Allan Quatermain. In many ways, AQ is a combination of the other two novels, but not quite as good as either one of them. It’s an adventure fantasy, starring rich Englishmen in deepest darkest Afr...more

Nice to read a bit about Allan Quatermain. Although this was my first read, and the last in his life story, his focus on being a gentleman at all times (showing deference to the deposed queen who had wanted to kill him, because she is a woman), being completely trustworthy, and generous will win...more

It's been several decades since I first read King Solomon's Mines and was enthralled. Now that I've a E-reader, Haggard's other Quatermain novels are suddenly accessible in a way they haven't been before, so I've decided to revisit Mr. Quatermain.

The voice is the same, and this is a delight, sinc...more

it says that this book is based on mr. rider haggard's own experiences in africa, but after reading this volume i find that unlikely ;)

the book is enjoyable - they dont write adventures like this anymore (which might be a good thing).

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