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When the World Shook; being an account of the grea

Henry Rider Haggard

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But we wish that you would come more gently, as you nearly washed away our country."

After looking at me Bickley replied:

"How thankful should you be that in our kindness we have spared you."

"What do you come to do?" inquired Marama again. After the usual formula of consulting me Bickley answered:

"We come to take that mountain (he meant lump) off your neck and make you beautiful; also to cure all the sickness among your people."

"And I come," broke in Bastin, "to give you new hearts."

These announcements evidently caused great excitement. After consultation Marama answered:

"We do not want new hearts as the old ones are good, but we wish to be rid of lumps and sicknesses. If you can do this we will make you gods and worship you and give you many wives." (Here Bastin held up his hands in horror.) "When will you begin to take away the lumps?"

"To-morrow," said Bickley. "But learn that. . . Read More

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I'm not going to claim that Haggard even at his best is the same order of classic as the best by Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot or Thomas Hardy. But like fellow Victorians Arthur Conan Doyle or Robert Louis Stevenson or Rudyard Kipling, Haggard really could spin a good yarn, and the fant

"What you think magic - is not magic." - The Lady Yva

In When the World Shook, H. Rider Haggard manages to mix together a quarter of a million year old culture, epistemological mysteries and theological philosophy, prescient seafarers, death dealing glances, World War I, a "Journey to the Center of t

This is an excellent example of narrative fiction. Haggard make the reader feel as though they are sitting in the pleasantly-narcissistic Humphrey Arbuthnot's drawing room with a cup of tea, while the old man takes advantage of having an audience to recount his self-absorbed, youthful adventures. Th

Clearly this was written early in the twentieth century and the English used is a little aged but the story is one of the better motifs that there is in science fiction / horror. I've read better but by the same token I've read many that were worse.

When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard is an unusual if flawed piece of early science fiction, laced with philosophy, religion, colonial anthropology, romance and humor.

It is a post-Victorian novel, written during World War I, and the conflict impinges upon the narrative in various ways. When the

Published in 1919
The story centers upon the proverbial "lost world" elements that Haggard is known for. There are three friends -- one an absolutely unwavering skeptic, (a talented surgeon Beckley), another a completely faithful believer (a minister Bastin who is a pain in the butt), and the third a

This is second-rate Haggard, but even then it isn't half bad. It just isn't as diverting as, say, She or King Solomon's Mines.

I won't go into the plot details, but let me briefly say that there is a strong element of allegory here. There are three friends -- one an absolutely unwavering skeptic, ano

In 1916, as World War I raged, Henry Rider Haggard, then 60 years old, started to compose his 48th novel, out of an eventual 58. Originally called "The Glittering Lady," the novel was ultimately released in 1919 under the title we know today, "When the World Shook," and turned out to be still anothe

Arbuthnot, the leader, is a millionaire looking for meaning in the world. Bastin is a pastor who believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Bickley is a doctor and man of science who only believes what can be proved. While exploring the world on a private yacht, a colossal cyclone strands

'..think not that you Westerners have done with wars.. and what the sword spares class shall snatch from class in the struggle for supremacy and ease.'

Quite a lot of good moments in this sci-fi adventure story. Also probably one of Haggards smoothest reads. I imagine he had a few more passes on the

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