A few years ago, a film came out entitled, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The League comprised of notable heroes, both famous and infamous. These included such characters as, Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, Mr Hyde, Allan Quartermain and some others. All literary heroes or villains of note or ill repute, who lived during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the film these various rogues, are called upon to 'save the world'.
All of the characters, I had heard of and read some of their adventures. Except Allan Quartermain. Whose exploits, I was vaguely familiar with. However, whilst chasing down on of the literary rabbit holes, that I frequently find myself in, I chanced upon, King Solomon's mines. So I dove right in.
I discovered a gem. What a fantastic tale. An adventure story, that is set in Africa, in which, Allan Quartermain, an elephant hunter and adventurerer of note, is hired by Lord Henry Curtis, to find his missing brother. Who has gone of in search of the lost mines of King Solomon.
The discovery of the riches continued within the mine are of secondary significance. The pressing issue is to find the whereabouts of Henry's lost brother. Along the way, the expedition encounters all kinds of danger and hardship. It is a quest. A there and back again story filled with all the elements of such tales, action, adventure, suspense, intrigue and excitement.
As it is written in the late 19th century, however, don't expect any political correctness. This is bold as brass, how it was. This is a reflection of the contemporary culture of the time.
I gave king Solomon's Mines five stars for a reason. It lived up to my expectations.
- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Blurb (22 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0368654931
- ISBN-13: 978-0368654930
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Customer Reviews: 644 customer ratings