H. Rider Haggard - She

A flawed but entertaining adventure novel that reminded me most of all of Indiana Jones (which is not a bad thing). Two British intellectuals, with their servant, go into the heart of Africa in search of the legendary Queen Aysha (or 'She who must be obeyed'). Of course, there's all sorts of weird stuff going on as the novel is as much horror as adventure. Especially liked the sacriligious dance with the flaming corpses. Characters were shallow though and a bit silly at times. And the book dragged a bit; was too long. Still, apparently more than 100 million copies of She have been sold since, so it's certainly interesting to know what all the fuss was/is about.

17 February 2009


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