Thursday, May 18, 2017
KING SOLOMON'S MINES - H.Rider Haggard
Allan Quatermain is hired to travel into the African interior to locate the estranged brother of one of his client's.
The tale is one of over coming hardship,surviving using their wits when confronted by an extremely blood thirsty tribal chieftain and the location of a massive treasure. Even after locating fabulous wealth they still have to escape a final threat to their lives.
This was published in 1885 and as an adventure story it stands up fairly well today. Attitudes have changed of course but if you are able to read the book for what it is, an adventure yarn, rather than compare today's more enlightened attitudes to whats written you will enjoy it.
The dedication says it all - To all the big and little boys who read it.
This book is nothing like the truly appalling movie of the same name based on this book starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.