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When the World Shook; being an account of the great adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot   By: (1856-1925)

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When the World Shook by Henry Rider Haggard is an enthralling adventure that takes readers on an extraordinary journey across the globe. The novel delves into the lives of three main characters – Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot – who unwittingly become embroiled in a monumental discovery that alters the course of their lives.

Haggard's masterful storytelling and vivid imagination transport readers to uncharted territories, where unimaginable marvels and dangers lie. The narrative is filled with suspense as our protagonists find themselves on an unknown island following a disastrous shipwreck. Here, they encounter a mysterious and advanced civilization that challenges their preconceived notions of the world.

One of the most notable aspects of this novel is Haggard's ability to create immersive and atmospheric settings. Whether it's the treacherous seas or the lush landscapes of the island, each scene is exquisitely described, allowing readers to completely immerse themselves in the story. The author's attention to detail is commendable, drawing us into this world of wonder and peril.

The characterization in When the World Shook is also praiseworthy. Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot are well-defined individuals with distinct personalities and motivations. Their interactions with each other and the inhabitants of the island provide depth and complexity to the narrative. Bastin's unwavering faith, Bickley's scientific skepticism, and Arbuthnot's quest for knowledge clash and intertwine, giving rise to compelling dialogues and conflicts.

Throughout the tale, Haggard presents thought-provoking themes, such as the consequences of humanity's actions and the price of knowledge. The allegorical elements woven into the story offer insight into our own world and the choices we make. This adds an additional layer of depth to an already gripping plot.

While the pacing of the novel may be slow at times, Haggard's beautiful prose and intricate world-building make up for any lulls. Moreover, the unexpected twists and revelations toward the end of the book ensure that readers remain engaged and intrigued until the very last page.

In conclusion, When the World Shook is a captivating adventure that combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, and allegory. Haggard's skillful storytelling and imaginative vision make it a thrilling read that will transport you to another world. If you enjoy tales of exploration, complex characters, and moral dilemmas, this book is definitely worth picking up.

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Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot

by H. Rider Haggard


Ditchingham, 1918.


More than thirty years ago you tried to protect me, then a stranger to you, from one of the falsest and most malignant accusations ever made against a writer.

So complete was your exposure of the methods of those at work to blacken a person whom they knew to be innocent, that, as you will remember, they refused to publish your analysis which destroyed their charges and, incidentally, revealed their motives.

Although for this reason vindication came otherwise, your kindness is one that I have never forgotten, since, whatever the immediate issue of any effort, in the end it is the intention that avails.

Therefore in gratitude and memory I ask you to accept this romance, as I know that you do not disdain the study of romance in the intervals of your Imperial work.

The application of its parable to our state and possibilities beneath or beyond these glimpses of the moon I leave to your discernment.

Believe me,

Ever sincerely yours,


To The Earl Curzon of Kedleston, K.G.




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