She (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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This adventure story, wildly popular when first published in England in 1887, follows Leo Vancey and Horace Holly on an expedition to Africa. They encounter many serious and dangerous trials, including shipwreck, sickness, and hostile natives, before discovering a legendary lost city in a system of underground caverns. It is here that they meet Ayesha, or She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, a white queen who is wise, beautiful, terrible in her love, and two thousand years old. Ayesha is a mythologically monstrous and all-powerful female, as mysterious and frightening as she is desirable, and absolutely lethal. She is both of the imagination and immediately real, for her magical walk through a pillar of fire has rendered her immortal, yet she lives on interminably to wait for the reincarnation of her love Kallikrates. When Ayesha becomes certain that Leo is her reincarnated love, he and his friend must decide if the goal of their quest is worth risking their lives with a woman who is deadlier than the male.
  

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Review: She (She #1)

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

I was first introduced to H. Rider Haggard in my class on British Imperialism in college where we studied history though novels of the time. We studied his "King Solomon's Mines" with the intent of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marvin - Goodreads

H. Rider Haggard is one of those "classic" adventure writers I missed as a child while I was devouring Verne, HG Wells, and Edgar R. Burroughs. Then there were the Lost Worlds tales of that guy who ... Read full review

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Contents

MY VISITOR
7
THE YEARS ROLL BY
12
THE SHERD OF AMENARTAS
15
THE SQUALL
29
THE HEAD OF THE ETHIOPIAN
34
AN EARLY CHRISTIAN CEREMONY
40
USTANE SINGS
47
THE FEAST AND AFTER
53
AYESHA GIVES JUDGMENT
91
THE TOMBS OF KÔR
96
THE BALANCE TURNS
102
GO WOMAN
108
GIVE ME A BLACK GOAT
115
TRIUMPH
120
THE DEAD AND LIVING MEET
126
JOB HAS A PRESENTIMENT
131

A LITTLE FOOT
58
SPECULATIONS
62
THE PLAIN OF KÔR
68
SHE
73
AYESHA UNVEILS
79
A SOUL IN HELL
86
THE TEMPLE OF TRUTH
137
WALKING THE PLANK
142
THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
148
WHAT WE SAW
155
WE LEAP
160
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About the author (2004)

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) is best remembered for his 34 adventure fantasy novels set in exotic locations. As a child, Haggard, whose father was an English barrister, was considered dim-witted and was inclined to daydreaming. His parents ended his formal education when he was seventeen, and he was sent to work in South Africa, where his imagination was inspired by the people, animals, and jungle. He became close friends with authors Rudyard Kipling and Andrew Lang. Haggard's most popular books are King Solomon's Mines (1886) and She (1887). He also wrote short stories, as well as nonfiction on topics such as gardening, English farming, and rural life, interests which led to duties on government commissions concerned with land maintenance. For his literary contributions and his government service, Haggard was knighted in 1912. Several of Haggard's novels have been filmed. She was filmed in 1965, starring Ursula Andress. King Solomon's Mines was filmed with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr in 1950, and again with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone in 1985. Also, the novel Allan Quatermain was filmed as Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone in 1986.

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