Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

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“An Adventurer – He that goes out to meet whatever may come!” This is the credo of Allan Quatermain, the quintessential, swashbuckling protagonist of Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard. Quatermain first makes his appearance as a character in Haggard's most famous bestselling adventure tale, King Solomon's Mines. Published in 1885, this Victorian action novel depicts a group led by Allan Quatermain who travel to a remote region in Africa in search of the missing brother of one of them. It is considered the very first English adventure tale set in what was perhaps disparagingly then called the “Dark Continent.” King Solomon's Mines was also an early example of marketing hype. The book became an instant bestseller following weeks of relentless publicity on billboards, newspaper ads and posters in London. It was also published at a time when expeditions to Egypt and other ancient civilizations were underway, thus generating huge interest in unexplored lands. In Allan Quatermain, the second book in the series, Rider Haggard tells of the further adventures of his cult hero. Quatermain is a professional big game hunter and trader. He is a typical colonialist and imperialist who believes that Africa needs to be “civilized” by the efforts of the White Man. However, he also believes that the native people should have a say in their own affairs. His faithful old servant, a Hottentot named Hans, accompanies him on most of his adventures. The book is set in the years following the King Solomon's Mines episode. The opening chapter, The Consul's Yarn begins with Quatermain's two friends Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good visiting him to condole him on his young son's untimely death. Quatermain is bored with his uneventful life in civilization and plans to return to the Africa. The friends agree to accompany him and this is the start of another fast paced saga, replete with blood thirsty tribal people, Masai warriors, meeting with an old Scottish civil servant and much more. Author of more than 60 books, Henry Rider Haggard was sent to Africa by his relatively wealthy father who felt that the boy would never amount to much. He returned from Africa following a moderately successful career as a government servant and settled down to write about his experiences. His novels did not meet with much initial success, but with the publication of King Solomon's Mines, his name became a byword for adventure. He was also passionately interested in agricultural reform and social uplift of the colonies. Allan Quatermain is a great read and a good addition to your collection of adventure sagas.
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“An Adventurer – He that goes out to meet whatever may come!” This is the credo of Allan Quatermain, the quintessential, swashbuckling protagonist of Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard. Quatermain first makes his appearance as a character in Haggard's most famous bestselling adventure tale, King Solomon's Mines. Published in 1885, this Victorian action novel depicts a group led by Allan Quatermain who travel to a remote region in Africa in search of the missing brother of one of them. It is considered the very first English adventure tale set in what was perhaps disparagingly then called the “Dark Continent.” King Solomon's Mines was also an early example of marketing hype. The book became an instant bestseller following weeks of relentless publicity on billboards, newspaper ads and posters in London. It was also published at a time when expeditions to Egypt and other ancient civilizations were underway, thus generating huge interest in unexplored lands. In Allan Quatermain, the second book in the series, Rider Haggard tells of the further adventures of his cult hero. Quatermain is a professional big game hunter and trader. He is a typical colonialist and imperialist who believes that Africa needs to be “civilized” by the efforts of the White Man. However, he also believes that the native people should have a say in their own affairs. His faithful old servant, a Hottentot named Hans, accompanies him on most of his adventures. The book is set in the years following the King Solomon's Mines episode. The opening chapter, The Consul's Yarn begins with Quatermain's two friends Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good visiting him to condole him on his young son's untimely death. Quatermain is bored with his uneventful life in civilization and plans to return to the Africa. The friends agree to accompany him and this is the start of another fast paced saga, replete with blood thirsty tribal people, Masai warriors, meeting with an old Scottish civil servant and much more. Author of more than 60 books, Henry Rider Haggard was sent to Africa by his relatively wealthy father who felt that the boy would never amount to much. He returned from Africa following a moderately successful career as a government servant and settled down to write about his experiences. His novels did not meet with much initial success, but with the publication of King Solomon's Mines, his name became a byword for adventure. He was also passionately interested in agricultural reform and social uplift of the colonies. Allan Quatermain is a great read and a good addition to your collection of adventure sagas.
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00 – Introduction

02 Jan 2021 | 19 mins 55 secs

00 – Introduction

02 Jan 2021 | 19 mins 55 secs

01 – The Consul’s Yarn

01 Jan 2021 | 35 mins 16 secs

01 – The Consul’s Ya...

01 Jan 2021 | 35 mins 16 secs

02 – The Black Hand

31 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 59 secs

02 – The Black Hand

31 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 59 secs

03 – The Mission Station

30 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 10 secs

03 – The Mission Sta...

30 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 10 secs

04 – Alphonse and His Ann...

29 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 02 secs

04 – Alphonse and Hi...

29 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 02 secs

05 – Umslopogaas Makes a ...

28 Dec 2020 | 38 mins 13 secs

05 – Umslopogaas Mak...

28 Dec 2020 | 38 mins 13 secs

06 – The Night Wears On

27 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 30 secs

06 – The Night Wears...

27 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 30 secs

07 – A Slaughter Grim and...

26 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 48 secs

07 – A Slaughter Gri...

26 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 48 secs

08 – Alphonse Explains

25 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 19 secs

08 – Alphonse Explai...

25 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 19 secs

09 – Into the Unknown

24 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 44 secs

09 – Into the Unknow...

24 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 44 secs

10 – The Rose of Fire

23 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 39 secs

10 – The Rose of Fir...

23 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 39 secs

11 – The Frowning City

22 Dec 2020 | 38 mins 42 secs

11 – The Frowning Ci...

22 Dec 2020 | 38 mins 42 secs

12 – The Sister Queens

21 Dec 2020 | 40 mins 03 secs

12 – The Sister Quee...

21 Dec 2020 | 40 mins 03 secs

13 – About the Zu-Vendi P...

20 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 12 secs

13 – About the Zu-Ve...

20 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 12 secs

14 – The Flower Temple

19 Dec 2020 | 41 mins 42 secs

14 – The Flower Temp...

19 Dec 2020 | 41 mins 42 secs