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Ayesha, the Return of She

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

Ayesha, the return of She, is set 16 years after the previous novel She. Horace Holly and Leo Vincey have spent the years traveling the world looking for Ayesha, along the way they experience many adventures, including avalanches, glaciers and even death-hounds before finally arriving in the court of Kaloon. At the court, they hear tell of a woman who Leo suspects to be Ayesha, however things are never simple and conflict soon follows them to Ayesha’s court.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ng the natural impulse which prompts a man to save his own life. If so, may I be forgiven, but had I held on, I must have been jerked into the abyss. Then the rope ran out and remained taut.

"Leo!" I screamed, "Leo!" and I heard a muffled voice saying, as I thought, "Come." What it really said was—"Don't come." But indeed—and may it go to my credit—I did not pause to think, but face outwards, just as I was sitting, began to slide and scramble down the ice.

In two seconds I had reached the curve, in three I was over it. Beneath was what I can only describe as a great icicle broken off short, and separated from the cliff by about four yards of space. This icicle was not more than fifteen feet in length and sloped outwards, so that my descent was not sheer. Moreover, at the end of it the trickling of water, or some such accident, had worn away the ice, leaving a little ledge as broad, perhaps, as a man's hand. There were roughnesses on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ayesha, known as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, first appeared in serial form from 1896 to 1897 in the novel She. Along with King Solomon's Mines, She is Haggard's most popular and famous novel. Ayesha is one of the awesome, kick-ass woman characters in Victorian literature, and I rated Wisdom's Daughter,

The continuing adventures of Holly and Leo. After having found Ayesha and losing her, they embark on a life long quest to find her again.

Like She, this book is about Victorians, written by a Victorian for a Victorian audience. The language, attitudes and morés are Victorian. Many people will have a

Although not quite as bold and adventurous as the first novel, this is a fine adventure and I felt that it was even more subtle with grander vision of the star crossed love than the first. Leo had more personality and drive this time around. In a way, it's almost a mirror of the first in terms of th

I did enjoy this though found it not quite as good as She. There seemed to be far too long searching for She and then when they did find her, for all that they were both obsessed with her they didn't actually seem to like her very much. What this book lacked that the first one had was the lovely lon

"The Return of She," although not as exciting or groundbreaking as the classic "She," is nevertheless a worthy sequel, and one that all admirers of Haggard's original story should enjoy reading. It is a direct continuation of the earlier book, and as such may be called required reading for all fans

ভালবাসা প্রকৃতির এক অপার সৃষ্টি। যার জন্য কোন কিছুকে ধ্বংস করতে যেমন পারা যায়, ঠিক তেমনি সৃষ্টিও করা যায়।
বেশ হয়েছে উপন্যাসটা। আতেনের ভালবাসার স্বরুপটা বেশ মজবুত লেগেছে। ভালবাসার দৌড়ে আয়েশাকে হার মানার মত চরিত সে। ভালবাসার জন্য নিজের জীবন দিতে একটুও পরোয়া করল না।
সব প্রেমের গন্তব্য মৃত্যুতে।

টান টান উত্তেজনা রয়েছে । একই সাথে প্রেম , ভালবাসা, ত্যাগ আর গল্পের প্লট সমূহের বর্ণনা ও বেশ সুশৃঙখল । অনুবাদ যথেষ্ট ভাল হয়েছে।

এই বইটারও শেষ পরিণতিটা মন খারাপ করে দেয়া। হ্যাগার্ড সাহেবের উপর আমি বেজায় ক্রুদ্ধ। তিনি সুন্দর সুন্দর মেয়েগুলোকে এত কষ্ট দেন কেন? -_-

Haggard's epic SHE suold've been the end-all of fantasy epics. It sold, unreal, 63 million copies and remains in print.
AYESHA is the sequel of all sequels. Written at the turn of the 20th century, Haggard's language is both beautiful and evocotive of a grander age.

The immortal queen is still there

This is the sequel to "She," which Haggard published in 1905, 18 years after the first book.
Although the title character seemed pretty definitively dead after the first book, still, she had vowed to return with her dying words, and, since then the characters of the beautiful young Leo and his mentor

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