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Friday, April 27, 2012
Allan Quatermain by H.R. Haggard.
Sometimes I think the reading public may be divided into those who will immediately download this book after reading the following excerpt and those who will stop reading this blog at that point.
What I have to propose is this. That we go to Lamu and thence make our way about 250 miles inland to Mt Kenia; from Mt Kenia on inland to Mt Lekakisera, another 200 miles, or thereabouts, beyond which no white man has to the best of my belief ever been; and then, if we get so far, right on into the unknown interior.
Either way I could quit now. But I will still offer a bit more as chances are I do not know the readings public as well as I think!
. . . but the appearance of the third and last nearly made me jump out of my skin. He was a very tall, broad man, quite six foot three, I should say, but gaunt, with lean, wiry-looking limbs. My first glance at him told me that he was no Wakwafi: he was a pure bred Zulu. He came out with his thin aristocratic-looking hand placed before his face to hide a yawn, so I could only see that he was a 'Keshla' or ringed man, and that he had a great three-cornered hole in his forehead. In another second he removed his hand, revealing a powerful-looking Zulu face, with a humorous mouth, a short woolly beard, tinged with grey, and a pair of brown eyes keen as a hawk's. I knew my man at once, although I had not seen him for twelve years. 'How do you do, Umslopogaas?' I said quietly in Zulu.
Haggard is well known as an adventure writer whose work has always been popular.
The book has a couple dozen end short end notes, which are unlinked.Tweet this!
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