‘Solomon’s Mines’ by Henry Rider Haggard from 1885.
As for a start you could say that Haggards Allan Quatermain, who is the main protagonist/hero in this book, was the Victorian Indiana Jones and Haggard sold more than 20 million books and was contemporary with Arthur Conan Doyle that wrote the Sherlock Holmes books. The Quatermain-books was not his only books but amongst those who made him famous as a writer in his time. The book ‘She’ was one of Carl Jung’s absolute favourite books as he saw that it were full loaded with archetypes. Rider Haggard is seen as one of the first fantasy writers or perhaps proto-fantasy writers. With the viking novel ‘Eric Brighteyes’ he was also first to write a Sword & Sorcery story that preceded Robert E Howard with decades. Most of Haggards stories is set in Africa, at the time it wasn’t fully explored or mapped and in the eyes of the Europeans that place was one where it still were things to explore and could perhaps hide mysteries and wonders. That was exactly what made these stories plausible and enthralling, just as Tarzan later would do in a way that they doesn’t do today even if I would personally say it’s good fiction.
This book, ‘Solomon’s Mines’ I got to say is really good, it has action, adventure, a lost world, mythic themes, glory, barbarism and all I could ask for. Lastly I’d say that old fashioned litterateur is almost always better than new stuff, it’s a fact that proves me right all the time.
As for the plot it plays out in Africa and is, just as the title suggests, about the search for the mythical mines of king Solomon.
My verdict reads:
It could have had higher score, but it should then have had more violence and beasts 😄
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