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Long Odds

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

A part of a series of short stories where a group of hunters come together to drink and listen to the tales of Allan Quartermain. In Long Odds Quartermain retells the story of how he acquired his limp

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Knobnoses, and went up to it to see if I could get some 'maas', or curdled butter-milk, and a few mealies. As I drew near I was struck with the silence of the place. No children began to chatter, and no dogs barked. Nor could I see any native sheep or cattle. The place, though it had evidently been inhabited of late, was as still as the bush round it, and some guinea-fowl got up out of the prickly pear bushes right at the kraal gate. I remember that I hesitated a little before going in, there was such an air of desolation about the spot. Nature never looks desolate when man has not yet laid his hand upon her breast; she is only lonely. But when man has been, and has passed away, then she looks desolate.

"Well, I passed into the kraal, and went up to the principal hut. In front of the hut was something with an old sheep-skin kaross thrown over it. I stooped down and drew off the rug, and then shrank back amazed, for under it was the body of a young wo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Okay ... i didn't like it too much !

Another short story about Allan Quatermain. This one tells of the encounter with a family of lions that left him limping for the rest of his life.

Short story loaded with beautiful and poignant descriptive passages.

. . . there was no river to be seen--only a long line of billows of what looked like the finest cotton wool tossed up lightly with a pitchfork. It was the fever mist. Out from among the scrub, too, came little spirals of vapour, as

Not a bad story, of a hunter in Africa.

3,5 stars. Only 9 pages was my copy.

It is a short story and it boils down to the Hunter and the hunted. I listened to it with my son. having a "yarn" told to you as a story teller would improved my overall feelings of it. My son, who is 7 years of age said; "Why did he have to hunt and kill the lion family? They were only being lions

This was a more stereotypical African Safari story where ***SPOILER ALERT*** the main villain was a lion. The narrator's tale this time around was a bit grander than the first H.Rider Haggard novel I read and his character's less engaging and unlike the other Alan Quartermaine story didn't really ma

A short story in which Quatermain tells his friends how he got the lion bite in his thigh which has plagued him for years and responsible for his slight limp. He tells this story which happened many years earlier, March, 1869, just prior to starting off on his final adventure which is told in the no

The third short story that was published with 'Allan's Wife'. Again, it's about lions. It must have been something he had to get out of his system before he led Allan off into the metaphysical wilderness of the later stories. Certainly enjoyable and a good 'adventure' story in it's own right but lac

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