I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men’s adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.
The story is told first person by Allan Quartermain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon’s lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.
King Solomon's Mines Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics (25 November 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593082754
- ISBN-13: 978-1593082758
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
- Customer Reviews: 5 customer ratings