Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Allan Quartermain

Africa was the “dark continent” for much of the 19th Century and because of that captured the imagination of the English reading public. Haggard knew that and capitalized on it with his books set in various parts of the real Africa and then devolving into the mythical regions.

Allan Quartermain is a sequel to “King Solomon’s Mines” and has adventure at its core. Rather than seeking riches Quartermain is bent on recapturing the feelings and flavor of his life in Africa. His son has died so there is no reason for him to remain in England when the call of Africa is so strong.

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