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Hunter Quatermain's Story

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

A part of a series of short stories of hunters coming together for a drink to hear the regaled story of Allan Quartermain and his hunting experiences in Africa.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .even to tell wonderful stories about wild animals they have never killed. And I think that my companions in adventure, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good, will bear me out in what I say."

"Yes, Quatermain, I think you are quite right," said Sir Henry. "Precisely the same considerations have forced Good and myself to hold our tongues. We did not wish to be bracketed with—well, with other famous travellers."

There was a murmur of disappointment at these announcements.

"I believe you are all hoaxing us," said the young lady next Mr. Quatermain, rather sharply.

"Believe me," answered the old hunter, with a quaint courtesy and a little bow of his grizzled head; "though I have lived all my life in the wilderness, and amongst savages, I have neither the heart, nor the want of manners, to wish to deceive one so lovely."

Whereat the young lady, who was pretty, looked appeased.

"This is very dreadful," I broke . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another grand adventure in the Qautermain series! It sweeps you away to a time when there were still blank spaces on the maps. Part twisting adventure and part poetic discription of the South African land and people, the naratives of one of the best-loved literary characters never fail to excite the

A short story (penned immediately after King Solomon's Mines) in which Quatermain recalls a particularly memorable encounter with a buffalo.

These are short stories that were found in later years. They are just as fun as his novels.

At first, the story had a hint of a cross between Jules Verne's "Around The World in Eighty Days" meets Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" vibe to it- a dinner party with a group of bored bourgeois gossiping about an adventurer who returned from Africa on Safari. But as I read on, the story had a l

I'm actually reading these tales in separate e-books, but since I've gotten through "Long Odds,", "Three Lions," and "Hunter Quartermain's Story," I've read enough to say something,especially since it may be a bit before I get through the other two tales. When I do, I may have more to say.

The three

Nice short story worthy of Quartermain.

A great African hunting story! What else would you expect from H. Rider Haggard?