Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
This is the second Quatermain novel by Haggard, though the first I have read. Its predecessor is “King Solomon’s Mines” It is set in deepest darkest Africa, written at a time when Africa has only just being explored. Stanley had only recently found Livingstone (1871). Africa was an unknown continent, a proper setting for fantastic adventures, much like Mars 50 to 100 years latter. However, Haggard displays a knowledge of the people of Africa, the Zulu, and Masai. He spent time as a colonial official in South Africa. The end of the book includes some autobiographical material.
The story is set at the end of Quatermain’s life, and includes both his death and that of his heroic companion, the Zulu chief, Umslopogaas, Quatermain’s other traveling companions are his two friends, Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good and the cowardly Alphonse. Continue reading