One of my favorite quotes of all time is from the pages of King Solomon’s Mines. The story itself is riveting, outrageous, funny, gory, fascinating, perilous, heart rending . . . all manner of adjectives can be applied to this book and all of them point to one simple explanation . . .
It is an adventure.
And its only fitting that H. Rider Haggard’s spellbinding adventure should start with Allan Quatermain’s ready wit.
“It is a hard thing that when one has shot sixty-five lions as I have in the course of my life, that the sixty-sixth should chew your leg like a quid of tobacco. It breaks the routine of the thing, and putting other considerations aside, I am an orderly man and don’t like that.”