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Colonel Quaritch, V.C.

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

This is the tale of an ancient family’s struggles to survive, one woman’s selflessness and another’s evil schemes; Two Gentlemen, two scoundrels and one very underestimated, loyal servant.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Cossey and Son for the loan. Indeed, considering how long and intimate has been the connection between their house and the de la Molle family, I think it right and proper to do so; indeed, I should consider it very wrong of me if I neglected to give them the opportunity of the investment"—here a faint smile flickered for an instant on Mr. Quest's face and then went out—"of course they will, as a matter of business, require security, and very properly so, but as this estate is unentailed, there will fortunately be very little difficulty about that. You can draw up the necessary deeds, and I think that under the circumstances the right thing to do would be to charge the Moat Farm specifically with the amount. Things are bad enough, no doubt, but I can hardly suppose it possible under any conceivable circumstances that the farm would not be good for five thousand pounds. However, they might perhaps prefer to have a general clause as well, and if it is so, although I consider i. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Haggard is best known for his adventure novels such as "King Solomon's Mines" and the other Allan Quatermain (a 19th century precursor to Indiana Jones) novels. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find this one was nothing like them. In fact, even though his adventure novels were HUGE hits back in...more

Sneaky, conniving characters - there are several in this book. Strong female characters, too. Kept me going tickety-boo until the last third of the book which seemed to plateau.

I love this book, partly because it's so deliciously late-Victorian drama, partly because it came with illustrations! An amusing mystery with a rain-soaked embrace (shocking!) an arranged marriage and buried treasure! What more could one ask for?!

Another of Haggard's Victorian melodrama/romances. In this case, we have the eponymous Colonel Quaritch, retired to the country at the ripe old age of 44, who is smitten by Ida, the 27 year old daughter (and why isn't she already married at that rather advanced age?) of his neighbor, the Squire d...more

Almost 120 years before British author J.K. Rowling faced the pressure and the problem of how to follow a string of phenomenally successful novels, another British writer was faced with the same dilemma. H. Rider Haggard, between the years 1885 and 1887, had come out with four of the most popular...more

This is not a typical adventure book yet it is full of mystery and intrigue including a coerced marriage, bigotry, adultery, murder, buried treasure and a love story! The tale of an aristocratic British family’s struggles to survive in the late 19th Century and retain their several hundred year o...more

This tale was quite different from the usual Haggard adventures, though not as dramatic, the plot was rather well presented and the character array well conceived... It contains all the elements of a great novel which keeps you in suspense and hungry for the climax...more