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Allan's Wife

Henry Rider Haggard

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The story of Allan Quatermain's wife and further adventures of Allan Quatermain.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .On rushed the elephant, awful to see; I made one more vain effort to stir the horse. Now the trunk of the great bull swung aloft above my head. A thought flashed through my brain. Quick as light I rolled from the saddle. By the side of the horse lay a fallen tree, as thick through as a man's body. The tree was lifted a little off the ground by the broken boughs which took its weight, and with a single movement, so active is one in such necessities, I flung myself beneath it. As I did so, I heard the trunk of the elephant descend with a mighty thud on the back of my poor horse, and the next instant I was almost in darkness, for the horse, whose back was broken, fell over across the tree under which I lay ensconced. But he did not stop there long. In ten seconds more the bull had wound his trunk about my dead nag's neck, and, with a mighty effort, hurled him clear of the tree. I wriggled backwards as far as I could towards the roots of the tree, for I knew what he was after.. . . Read More

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A very silly, very fun, rousing adventure story featuring everybody's favorite ivory hunter. ALLAN'S WIFE (the world's most boring title?) delves deeply into Quatermain's childhood, and depicts his short-lived marriage to a beautiful Englishwoman raised in the heart of uncharted Africa.
Too bad the i

Perhaps not his most exciting work by far when compared to his other books about the Dark Continent, this book took some getting into. I am a huge fan of Haggard and so I read it through to the end, enjoying the language and art of the man who wrote it. I will most likely not revisit it again, thoug

I love Rider Haggard. I started the Allan Quatermain series with King Solomon's Mines and followed through until he was killed off. Thankfully when the books were being written, Haggard realized he had a great character that he had just murdered, so he wrote the prequels. This is one of those. It te

Smaller in scope than King Solomon's Mines/Allan Quatermain, and better for it. A more intimate, simple story. The character of Hendrika may well be more fascinating than that of Gagool.

In the first two books Allan often recalled his wife. This book goes back in time and shows how they met and their short-lasting marriage. Allan was fairly young when his father died; at the time they both lived in South Africa. Allan decided to sell everything and go north to explore mysterious (at

Probably closer to a 3.5.

So H. Rider Haggard had a bit of a Reichenbach Falls problem ... In 1885, in his (fabulously successful) novel King Solomon's Mines, he had created Allan Quatermain, an English hunter who'd spent most of his life wandering the wilds of Africa before being recruited to join t

I gave "Allan's Wife" three stars only because, (even though it was almost as riveting as other Haggard books), I was disappointed that this story proved inconsistent among his novels that involve the same character (Allan Quatermain) which have always been so wholly consistent in every detail. Afte

Another fine installment in the adventures of Allan Quatermain.

And once again, the most interesting character is the native African Allan pals around with. This time it's Indaba-zimbi.

I'm working my way through the Quatermain tales in order of publication. If this one is any indication, they're going to get progressively stranger. Haggard has gone from a 'lost' African tribe (King Solomon's Mines), to a lost 'white' tribe (Allan Quatermain) to this tale of a rediscovered, abandon

Actually, I'm reading the 1951 reprint of the 1889 edition, but am too lazy this morning to add another edition to the list...more

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