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She and Allan

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

H Rider Haggard’s “She and Allan”, is a gripping adventure about Allan Quatermain, who together with Hans, the Hottentot and, the Zulu-Chief Omslopogaas and at the bidding of the old Witch Doctor Zikali seeks out Ayesha, the daughter of Isis to find answers to their questions about life and death, and their many, sometimes strange, Adventures on their way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But, man, will you ever return? They say there are queer folk living on the other side of the Zambesi, savage men who are cannibals, Amahagger I think they call them. It was they who in past years cleaned out all this country, except a few river tribes who live in floating huts or on islands among the reeds, and that's why it is so empty. But this happened long ago, much before my time, and I don't suppose they will ever cross the river again."

"If I might ask, what brought you here, Captain?" I said, for the point was one on which I felt curious.

"That which brings most men to wild places, Mr. Quatermain—trouble. If you want to know, I had a misfortune and piled up my ship. There were some lives lost and, rightly or wrongly, I got the sack. Then I started as a trader in a God-forsaken hole named Chinde, one of the Zambesi mouths, you know, and did very well, as we Scotchmen have a way of doing.

"There I married a Portuguese lady, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Haggard combines two of his best creations into a crossover novel. I liked it, but not as much as his other novels.
The format didn't work as well as I thought it should have, Allan is too incredulous of anything not material and Ayesha is too otherworldly for them to mix together in a way that works

Not only is this, as noted by others, the weakest of the She novels I have read so far, but truly it was often unpleasant. Allan is a man of his time, for certain. He is a true to his core misogynist. His frequent comments of the weakness and flaws of all women is at best distracting, and at worst d

This book stands out for various reasons. Firstly, that it is a crossover - the meeting of his two greatest characters - Allan Quatermain and She (Ayesha). Secondly, this one has a lot of philosophical and metaphysical reflections that I hadn't encountered in Haggard's writings. It is quite thrillin

Allan Quartermain was “Indiana Jones” before the “Indy” franchise existed. H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines was The Librarian before Bob Newhart recruited the current protagonist of the television series. The goddess-like Ayesha was “She Who Must Be Obeyed” before Sir John Mortimer’s Rumpole

It was fate that Haggard's two most popular characters would meet (or, more accurately, clash) in an adventure novel set in the familiar central African city of Kor. "She and Allan" is, in many respects, typical Haggard: there is a massive hunting scene, desperate treks through the wilderness, an im

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