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The Ivory Child

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

Allan Quatermain's first adventure with Lord Ragnall.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Down staircases and various passages I went with my eye glued upon the wire, which occasionally got mixed up with other wires, till at length it led me through a swing door covered with red baize into what appeared to be a modern annexe to the castle. Here at last it terminated on the spring of an alarming-looking and deep-throated bell that hung immediately over a certain door.

On this door I knocked, hoping that it might be that of Mr. Savage and praying earnestly that it did not enclose the chaste resting-place of the cook or any other female. Too late, I mean after I had knocked, it occurred to me that if so my position would be painful to a degree. However in this particular Fortune stood my friend, which does not always happen to the virtuous. For presently I heard a voice which I recognized as that of Mr. Savage, asking, not without a certain quaver in its tone,

"Who the devil is that?"

"Me," I replied, being flustered.

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I really liked it, mostly because I've read King Solomon's Mines many times in my youth, but now I'm working my way through the many adventures of Allan. This was a rich experience for me. Many readers downgrade the Haggard's books based on the racial attitude of the time that he wrote. I read his b

হেনরি রাইডার হ্যাগার্ডের অন্যান্য বইয়ের মতই এই বইটাও অসম্ভব ভালো লাগলো। সাইফুল আরেফিন অপুর অনুবাদের ক্রেডিটও কম নয়, অনুবাদ দুর্দান্ত ছিলো। কালো কেন্দা আর সাদা কেন্দার কাল্পনিক ঐতিহাসিক ঘটনা প্রবাহ নিয়ে বইটা। অ্যালান মূল চরিত্র হলেও হ্যান্সের জন্য বেশ মন খারাপ লেগেছে, পুরো বইটাতে হ্যান্সের প্রভাব

More of the same. Also, Haggard seems like he really resisted editing. The number of times his first person narrator said something like "and, as I had forgotten to say earlier, I only had 10 bullets with me" is just plain embarrassing.

Another compelling and (always) well-written story by H. Rider Haggard! This is another story following the adventures of Allan Quatermain and his cohorts. I love that his books are clean, yet adventurous, interesting, with relatable, heroic, yet believable characters, and that they are filled with

When I take all the H. Rider Haggard books that I have read, The Ivory child stands out to me as one that almost unseats Allan Quatermain as my favorite of his works. The Ivory child was an amazingly told story about two ancient religions and their symbols fighting each other and Allan was only ther

This is another of the 14 Allan Quatermain tales from the pen of that great adventure fantasist, H. Rider Haggard. This novel is a direct continuation of "Allan and the Holy Flower," and it does help to have read the previous book. Also referenced are other Quatermain novels such as "Marie," "Child

সেই অ্যালান, সেই আফ্রিকা, সেই কোনো দুর্গম অঞ্চলের উপজাতি। হ্যাগার্ডের চিরচেনা ছকে লেখা এই কাহিনি কেবল মনে রাখা যায় হ্যান্সের জন্যে। সেই বুড়ো ডাচভাষী হটেনটট, জুলু মাভোভো যার নাম দিয়েছিলো অন্ধকারের আলো, অগণিতবার বুদ্ধির জোরে অসম্ভবকে যে সম্ভব করে তুলেছে কোয়ার্টারমেইনের জন্যে- জানি কল্পিত এক চরিত্র

হ্যাগার্ডের অন্যান্য উপন্যাসের মতই কাহিনী বর্ণিত হয়েছে প্রথম পুরুষে, অ্যালান কোয়াটারমেইনের জবানিতে। কাহিনী নিয়ে নতুন করে বলার কিছু নেই। ভালোবাসা, আত্নত্যাগ আর বন্ধুত্বের অপূর্ব মিশ্রণে বইটি এ লেখকের অন্যতম সেরা। পড়া শেষে মন খারাপ হয়ে যাবে; সাথে ঘিরে থাকবে একধরনের অপূর্ণ ভাললাগা। অনুবাদ নিয়ে কি

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