October 19, 2004

Great Adventure Story

Book front cover
Title:
King Solomon's Mines (Penguin Popular Classics)
Author:
H. Rider Haggard
ISBN:
0140621237
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Imagine the latest blockbuster action movie in book format. Add a dash of intelligent plot and a sprinkle of creative descriptions. Now set the whole thing in africa and have the main characters look for King Solomon's Diamond Mines, whose location is marked by a secret map.

Sound good? Then you'll love this book. Written at the end of the 19th Century it has retained its cult status with its fast-paced storytelling and vivid scenery. The story is imaginative with lovable characters, especially Allan Quatermain, the narrator. It struck me as funny and yet endearing that he, the main character (the star) is somewhat of a coward, thrust into the whole situation by the thing that drives us all: money!

The book is a very good read and very informative (you'll pick up a few Zulu words on the way). I felt though that sometimes, especially at the battle at the end, it was lacking in plot and I felt bored at times.

Verdict: Definitly worth a read and it's not too long either!


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  1. Andrew Ingram

    I enjoyed the film adaptation.

    19 Oct 2004, 23:34

  2. stephen

    could you tell me your and your friends' true adventure stories or their blogs or websites about such issues?thanks.

    05 Feb 2006, 03:26


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