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Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

H. Rider Haggards first story of a Victorian love affair with feuding cousins and a force that keep the lovers apart.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I should be a ruined woman. I speak frankly, you see; I fully appreciate my danger, principally because I know that, the more intimate a man and woman have been, the more chance there is of their becoming bitter enemies. George, give me those letters; do not overcloud my future with the shadows of the past."

"You talk as well as you do everything else, Anne; you are really a very remarkable woman. But, curiously enough, those letters, the existence of which is so obnoxious to you, are to me a source of great interest. You know that I love to study character—curious occupation for a young man, isn't it?—but I do. Well, in my small experience, I have never yet, either in fiction or in real life, come across such a fascinating display as is reflected in those letters. There I can, and often do, trace in minutest detail the agony of a strong mind, can see the barriers of what people call religion, early training, self- respect, and other cur. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although this tale is not one of Haggard's "High Adventure" stories, I loved it. Around the two-thirds point I read late into the night, totally caught up in this tale. It begins with a young man cheated of his inheritance by his lying, ingratiating cousin and a secret marriage. Then the story reall

Awesome simply awesome! The writer describes the behavior of the different character's, which allows one to feel the character's whether the character is cunning, deceitful, or just plain envious. I like the way he would sort of advice the reader of what behaviors are not to be mimic or followed. Th

О чём писать, если не имеешь о том никакого представления? Это самое тяжёлое в жизни писателя, не умеющего ещё понять, о чем ему вообще следует рассказывать. Годного для художественной обработки много, а её достойного почему-то не находится. Следует поступить по рецепту Хаггарда. Находите человека,

Victorian romance/family saga with feuding cousins, True Love, and plenty of people/forces conspiring to keep the lovers apart, including one woman who in some ways might prefigure Haggard's She. This was Haggard's first novel and it's competent enough (although the auctorial voice can be obnoxiousl

I enjoyed it. It has some truly great scoundrels. It got a little boring in parts when Haggard is giving waxing philosophical.

This is a Victorian Romance, lacking Rider’s characteristic supernatural elements, focusing upon the various travails of Philip Caresfoot whose actions eventually results in personal catastrophe aided a bit by his manipulative first cousin George Caresfoot. Midway through, the story jumps 20 years a