Sir H. Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines
That’s a lot, I know. But sometimes, you just feel like reading a story. A story which takes you to a completely different place and I don’t mean in geographically (although that too). You feel very young reading it and you want to return to its reading anytime you do something else. It’s better than watching both Indiana Jones movies and Relic Hunter TV series (simultaneously even), it’s much better than playing Tomb Rider (any musical instrument, for that matter, too) and, what is best about it, you would inevitably put it in the same “experience’s drawer” (cause you do categorize your experiences into drawers…).
It’s actually dedicated “to all the big and little boys who read it”. How could that not be a blast?!
Tip&tricks: (Yep, this one is literally begging for this section as I can already see you focusing on the story and not reading the footnotes and that would be a mistake. ‘Nay it would be a sin!) And I must admit, I wasn’t diligent enough to dig into the story of who is the editor of this book, but his notes, unlike any other notes I have ever encountered, are HILARIOUS!
Favourite line: “And now it only remains for me to offer apologies for my blunt way of writing. I can but say in excuse of it that I am more accustomed to handle a rifle than a pen, and cannot make any pretence to the grand literary flights and flourishes which I see in novels–for sometimes I like to read a novel. I suppose they–the flights and flourishes–are desirable, and I regret not being able to supply them; but at the same time I cannot help thinking that simple things are always the most impressive, and that books are easier to understand when they are written in plain language, though perhaps I have no right to set up an opinion on such a matter. “A sharp spear,” runs the Kukuana saying, “needs no polish”; and on the same principle I venture to hope that a true story, however strange it may be, does not require to be decked out in fine words.”
Favourite line (THE editor): “Readers must beware of accepting Mr. Quatermain’s references as accurate, as, it has been found, some are prone to do. Although his reading evidently was limited, the impression produced by it upon his mind was mixed. Thus to him the Old Testament and Shakespeare were interchangeable authorities.”