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Morning Star   By: (1856-1925)

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Set in the heart of Africa, Morning Star is a thrilling adventure novel penned by Henry Rider Haggard. The story follows Allan Quatermain, a British professional game hunter, on a daring quest to find the fabled lost city of Kabundu.

Haggard's vivid descriptions transport the reader into the vast wilderness of Africa, where danger lurks at every turn. The author's rich knowledge of African history and culture is evident throughout the narrative, adding depth and authenticity to the story.

The character of Allan Quatermain is truly captivating, embodying the archetype of the fearless explorer. His determination and unwavering spirit make him a compelling protagonist, while his internal conflicts and personal growth add layers to his character.

The plot of Morning Star is fast-paced and filled with unexpected twists, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. From encounters with fierce predators to clashes with hostile tribes, Quatermain's journey is fraught with peril and excitement. The exploration of the lost city itself is a highlight, with its mysterious ruins and mystical aura creating a thrilling atmosphere.

Haggard's writing style is eloquent and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the African landscape and its inhabitants. He seamlessly weaves together adventure, romance, and historical elements, creating a multifaceted story that appeals to a wide range of readers.

One of the book's strengths lies in its exploration of colonialism and race relations, which were prevalent themes during the time period in which it was written. Through Quatermain's interactions with the African people he encounters on his journey, Haggard prompts reflection on the complex dynamics between colonizers and the colonized.

Overall, Morning Star is a captivating adventure that transports readers to the heart of Africa, immersing them in a world of danger, discovery, and self-reflection. With its compelling protagonist, richly detailed setting, and thought-provoking themes, this novel is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and thrilling adventures.

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by H. Rider Haggard


My dear Budge,

Only a friendship extending over many years emboldened me, an amateur, to propose to dedicate a Romance of Old Egypt to you, one of the world's masters of the language and lore of the great people who in these latter days arise from their holy tombs to instruct us in the secrets of history and faith.

With doubt I submitted to you this story, asking whether you wished to accept pages that could not, I feared, be free from error, and with surprise in due course I read, among other kind things, your advice to me to "leave it exactly as it is." So I take you at your word, although I can scarcely think that in paths so remote and difficult I have not sometimes gone astray.

Whatever may be the shortcomings, therefore, that your kindness has concealed from me, since this tale was so fortunate as to please and interest you, its first critic, I offer it to you as an earnest of my respect for your learning and your labours.

Very sincerely yours,

H. Rider Haggard.


To Doctor Wallis Budge,

Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum.


It may be thought that even in a story of Old Egypt to represent a "Ka" or "Double" as remaining in active occupation of a throne, while the owner of the said "Double" goes upon a long journey and achieves sundry adventures, is, in fact, to take a liberty with Doubles... Continue reading book >>

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