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The Wizard

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

Described by the author, best known for his King Solomon's Mines, as "a tale of victorious faith," this story begins on a Sunday afternoon in an English church. Most of the book, though, is set in Africa, and the adventure story is as engaging as any of Haggard's African tales. What makes this one different is the religious question: What has happened to miracles in the church? Is there any power left in Jesus' promise, "Whoso that believeth in me, the works that I do he shall do also, and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do"?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .all dressed in their different uniforms and bearing shields to match, not one of which was less than 2500 strong. At this moment the regiments were massed in deep lines, each battalion by itself, on either side of the broad roadway that ran straight up the kraal to where the king, his sons, his advisers and guards, together with the company of wizards, were placed in front of the royal house.

There they stood in absolute silence, like tens of thousands of bronze statues, and Owen perceived that either they were resting or that they were gathered thus to receive him. That the latter was the case soon became evident, for as he appeared, a white spot at the foot of the slope, countless heads turned and myriads of eyes fastened themselves upon him. For an instant he was dismayed; there was something terrifying in this numberless multitude of warriors, and the thought of the task that he had undertaken crushed his spirit. Then he remembered, and shaking off his fear. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Whether your looking for a thought provoking adventure concerning the nature of miracles and the supernatural or simply an entertaining story about pre-colonial Africa, The Wizard will meet and exceed your expectations. Truly a rare book that could be enjoyed by both adults and children alike whi...more

Пришло время разрушить прежде высказанное суждение. Хаггард всё-таки написал произведение про миссионера, отправившегося вглубь Африки для распространения веры в божественный промысел. Тому священнику предстояло выйти на племя огнепоклонников, дабы доказать силу своего Бога над силами стихии языч...more

Great little short novel.

Little too Jesusy for me, but reasonably entertaining.

Published around in 1896 and it is a tale of victorious faith, so there is a strong Christian message running through the story.

The story opens in the 1890’s in the English Midlands where the Rev. Thomas Owen who receives substanial family funds and is in a comfortable parish when he decides to b...more

হযাগারড এর অনয বইগুলো থেকে একটু ভিনন এই বইটা। ফিনিশিং টা মনে আরো একটু গভীর হলে ভালো হতো

সেবার অনুবাদ তাই বরাবর এর মত ভালো ছিল
হযাপি রিডিং :)

"The Wizard," H. Rider Haggard's 21st novel out of an eventual 58, was initially released as a serial in a publication called "The African Review" and then in its complete form in the October 29, 1896 "Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual for Boys." It was the third of four African novels that Haggard w...more

হোকোসার চরিতরটা আধযাতমিকতায একটা সময টমাস ওযেনকেও যেন ছাডিযে গেছে

আর অসাধারণ অনুবাদ পরতিভায অভিজঞ হলাম :)

বইটা সুনদর, গতানুগতিক না। আমার সমসযা এক জাযগাতেই, কেন জানি না আমার ধরমের আদিম রূপটাকে ভালো লাগে, এর পরিবরতন করাটা ভালো লাগেনা...
বইটার অনুবাদ অনবদয! শেষের পরিণতিটা কেমন যেন হযেছে, ঠিক আশানুরূপ হযনি।

অনেকদিন পর একটা সুখপাঠয অনুবাদ পডলাম।

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