King Solomon's Mines

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Wordsworth Editions, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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In A Social History of Ideas in Quebec, 1760-1896 Yvan Lamonde traces the province's political and intellectual development from the British Conquest to the election of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. From the individuals who formulated them, to the networks in which they circulated, to their reception, Yvan Lamonde focuses on ideas at work and their role in shaping Quebec history. The mapping of a complete intellectual circuit allows Lamonde to follow the strains of ideological debates - monarchism, liberalism, republicanism, democracy, revolution, ultramontanism, nationalism - over more than a century. His work is informed by an encyclopaedic reading of the print culture of the period and the book conveys a profound and nuanced knowledge of the social context and cultural channels - educational institutions, newspapers, the book trade - in which intellectual debate occurred. Lamonde argues that while these ideas concerned politics, they went beyond the political: they were a fundamental and everyday element of civic society that was expressed in the public sphere through pamphlets, the popular press, and sermons. Lamonde's scrutiny of public opinion in Quebec allows him to place such currents of thought in the colony's international context: that of France, England, Rome, the United States, and their respective metropolises. The Social History of Ideas in Quebec, 1760-1896 covers a volatile time in the province's history - from the end of the French Regime through the American invasion, the War of 1812, and the Rebellions in Lower Canada - capturing the cultural ascension of a society and the foundations of Quebec identity.
 

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User Review  - Kim - Christianbook.com

I am very impressed with this author. King Solomon's Mines was the first book I tried by Haggard, and I thought it was probably a guy's book so I wouldn't like it that much. Surprisingly I did-the ... Read full review

User Review  - Elizabeth M. - Christianbook.com

This is one of my older son's favorite books. After reading this book he thought Indianna Jones was a whimp. If you want lots of adventure this is the book. I would caution that this book should not be read by younger children due to some violent content. This is a favorite author in our house. Read full review

Contents

ONE Meet Sir Henry Curtis
9
TWO The Legend of Solomons Mines
18
THREE Umbopa Enters Our Service
28
FOUR An Elephant Hunt
39
SEVEN Solomon V Road
87
NINE Twala the King
95
ELEVEN We Give a Sign
120
TWELVE Before the Battle
133
THIRTEEN The Attack
143
FOURTEEN The Last Stand of the Greys
152
SEVENTEEN Solomons Treasure Chamber
189
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About the author (1993)

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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