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A Yellow God: an Idol of Africa   By: (1856-1925)

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A Yellow God: an Idol of Africa is a captivating novel written by the well-acclaimed author, Henry Rider Haggard. Set in the stunning landscapes of Africa, this thrilling adventure takes readers on an unforgettable journey that blends elements of mysticism, colonialism, and human greed.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Harold Quaritch, a British explorer who finds himself at the mercy of circumstances in an unknown village deep within Africa. As he becomes entangled in the web of the supernatural and mysterious, Quaritch discovers the existence of a revered, yet feared African deity known as the Yellow God. This idol has the power to bestow incredible riches and blessings upon its worshippers, but at a tremendous price.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the book is Haggard's vivid depiction of the African landscape and its inhabitants. The author's descriptive prowess transports readers to the heart of Africa, making them feel as if they are witnessing every scene firsthand. From the vast stretches of untamed wilderness to the bustling tribal villages, every detail is brought to life in a way that immerses readers in the story.

Haggard expertly explores the themes of greed and the consequences of seeking power without considering the long-term ramifications. As the characters succumb to their lust for wealth and dominance, they are forced to face the destructive power of their own desires. This cautionary tale reminds us of the importance of respecting cultural differences and the folly of trying to control forces far beyond our comprehension.

The character development in A Yellow God is another strength of Haggard's writing. Harold Quaritch, in particular, undergoes a transformation throughout the narrative, shifting from a fearless adventurer to a tormented and broken man. His inner struggle is palpable, making him relatable and someone readers can empathize with.

While the novel excels in capturing the essence of Africa, there are moments where the pacing slows, particularly in the middle section of the book. These instances may test the patience of some readers who prefer a more fast-paced adventure. However, Haggard manages to keep the overall story engaging by interspersing moments of tension and intrigue throughout.

In conclusion, A Yellow God: an Idol of Africa is a mesmerizing novel that delves into the heart of adventure, mystery, and the human psyche. Haggard’s stunning prose, coupled with his intricate world-building, makes this book a captivating read. Despite some occasional pacing issues, the story's exploration of power, greed, and the clash of cultures makes it a fascinating and thought-provoking journey.

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By H. Rider Haggard



Sir Robert Aylward, Bart., M.P., sat in his office in the City of London. It was a very magnificent office, quite one of the finest that could be found within half a mile of the Mansion House. Its exterior was built of Aberdeen granite, a material calculated to impress the prospective investor with a comfortable sense of security. Other stucco, or even brick built, offices might crumble and fall in an actual or a financial sense, but this rock like edifice of granite, surmounted by a life sized statue of Justice with her scales, admired from either corner by pleasing effigies of Commerce and of Industry, would surely endure any shock. Earthquake could scarcely shake its strong foundations; panic and disaster would as soon affect the Bank of England. That at least was the impression which it had been designed to convey, and not without success.

"There is so much in externals," Mr. Champers Haswell, Sir Robert's partner, would say in his cheerful voice. "We are all of us influenced by them, however unconsciously. Impress the public, my dear Aylward. Let solemnity without suggest opulence within, and the bread, or rather the granite, which you throw upon the waters will come back to you after many days... Continue reading book >>

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