A History of Adventure

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Penguin Putnam
A classic Victorian adventure into the realm of the unknown

"She" is Ayesha, the mysterious white queen of a Central African Tribe and the goal of three English gentlemen, who must face shipwreck, fever, and cannibals in their quest to find her hidden realm. First published in 1887, She has enthralled the imaginations of many-from Freud, who prescribed the book to one of his patients, to the generations of readers, who remain fascinated by the book's revealing and fantastic representations of dangerous women, adventuring men, and unexplored Africa.

Available for the first time from Penguin Classics, edited by Patrick Brantlinger, this edition of one of the most famous works of popular literature includes a critical introduction, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780140437638
Characteristics: xxxiii, 324 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brantlinger, Patrick 1941-


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Feb 15, 2016

Excellent period writing for someone interested in how storytelling used to be. Haggard is not easy to follow and uses fifty words when two would do but that is part of the joy of reading She, trying to understand what Haggard is trying to say. English writers like to make India and the Dark Continent as mystical as possible, they once were, today both are simply great colonial mistakes.

Oct 08, 2014

Best known for "King Solomon's Mines," which has been filmed multiple times, Henry Rider Haggard was, along with Kipling, one of the foremost English writers of adventure stories that also doubled as advertisements for empire and imperialism. He spent time in South Africa and set most of his stories there and, yes, they are kinda racist. But like a lot of popular fiction, they perhaps give a better insight into the mood and attitude of the time than more serious, literary books. In "She," explorers discover a lost kingdom ruled over by the beautiful and imperious Ayesha, aka She-who-must-be-obeyed. The writing is often florid and clumsy, but it has an undeniable power and students of cultural history will find much in its treatment of race and gender to pore over. Fans of Indiana Jones will also see where that series originated. Great cover. "Revel and lust and drink, blood and cold steel, and the shock of men gathered in battle--these were the canons of their creeds."
PS-I wouldn't call this, contra the other review, sci-fi.


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