Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

An Oldie But Goodie

King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
(Classic Fiction)

Ahhhh, finally!  A classic that deserves the moniker.  I have a new favorite classic author and a new pile of books just waiting to be devoured. Good day, indeed!

The plot:  Allan Quartermain, elephant hunter (really what better job is there?), chances to meet two men tying to trace the footsteps of a younger brother.  Quartermain knows the man and goes in search of the Lost Diamond Mines of King Solomon (really, what better quest is there?)  Naturally, on the way lie death and destruction; curses and blessings; cannibals and all the rest.  They just don't make 'em like this any more.

The review:  What an extraordinary adventure!  Being attacked by elephants!  Almost dying of thirst in the desert!  Execution by a witch doctor!  A war for African tribal leadership!  Starving to death!  Freezing in the mountains!  Dying of wounds!  Trapped in a cave!  What is not to love?  I inhaled this book.  Old-fashioned fun at a time when most books deal with adventures in outer space.  What a treat.  I immediately went out and bought every other book by this author I could find.  I literally could not put it down. 

To be politically correct (really?), the descriptions of the elephant slaughter are disturbing but I do understand that was a sign of those times.  (My only frownie in a sea of happy faces!)

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