Action Haggard, H. Rider: Haggard Anthology Vol 9. v2, 4 Apr 2008
#1  HarryT 04-10-2007, 02:31 PM
The 9th volume in my H. Rider Haggard Anthology, containing the following books:

1. The Witch's Head

A supernatural tale of the evil influence of a witch-doctor's severed head. Spooky stuff!

2. Jess

An African tale of adventure and romance.

3. Mr. Meeson's Will

A crime/adventure story.

Colonel Quaritch, V.C.

A story of the "goings-on" in a quiet English country village.


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#2  RWood 04-10-2007, 03:57 PM
I do not remember ever reading anything by Haggard. However, given your liking of Burroughs, Doyle, and Verne it seems logical that I should give them a read. The worst that could happen is that I want to read every word of each volume. There are worse fates. Thanks Harry.

#3  HarryT 04-11-2007, 03:17 AM
I'd suggest you read the first ones in order - ie starting with my Vol 1, with "King Solomon's Mines". These first few really should be read in the order I've done them, for maximum enjoyment.

#4  Leaping Gnome 04-11-2007, 01:54 PM
I had also never read Haggard and had never even heard of the Quartermain character until the semi-recent movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman". Thanks to your work here Harry, I downloaded your volume 1 and last night finished the first book, King Solomon's Mine. It was a good adventure story and the "old english" setting really came across in the writing. I plan to start book 2 later this week.

Are all the Haggard books around Quartermain?

#5  HarryT 04-11-2007, 02:35 PM
Certainly not all, not, but there are about a dozen novels, and a few short stories that are. You'll find all the novels in the first few volumes of my "anthology"; the short stories I've yet to do.

It's interesting - he was immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, but today he's one of those fictional characters who has almost vanished from people's memory. Largely, I suspect, because many of Haggard's novels - and especially the African ones with Allan Quatermain - are quite monstrously "un-P.C." by today's standards .

#6  Leaping Gnome 04-11-2007, 06:06 PM
That is true, but different times, it lent authenticity.

#7  NatCh 04-11-2007, 06:19 PM
Same sort of hyper-sensitivity that gets some of Mark Twain's work ... quietly set aside.

#8  RWood 04-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Quote NatCh
Same sort of hyper-sensitivity that gets some of Mark Twain's work ... quietly set aside.
They have tried to ban one of Twain's books or another since he first wrote them. Sort of like the old joke that the required reading in the schools was banned from the local library.

#9  NatCh 04-11-2007, 06:34 PM
Well, I suppose if nobody cared about it enough to ban it, a book wouldn't qualify as "literature."

During my school days I defined a "Classic" as something that kept coming back no matter how bad it was. Of course I had a bad attitude about pretty much everything they made us read -- partly because I didn't like the idea of being told what to read when I was perfectly capable of choosing my own reading list, but I think it mostly had to do with their making ninth-graders read Lord of the Flies -- ninth-graders are messed up enough without doing that to them, at least, I was.

#10  HarryT 04-12-2007, 03:10 AM
One certainly has to read Haggard as a product of his own time - ie the height of the British Empire when nobody questioned the "rightness" of European colonialism.

Haggard was, in fact, considered quite a "radical" author for his time, in that he was firmly in favour of native African peoples ruling themselves, with minimal interference from colonial authorities - a view which certainly didn't fit in with the generally accepted attitudes of the time.

One of the reasons I so much enjoy reading Haggard is that he does give one a view of a world that's now completely vanished.

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