Sunday, May 22, 2011
Book Group: King Solomon's Mines
A few of us are reading KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1885) for the first time. We're taking it one chapter a day and just starting Chapter X: The Witch Hunt.
I have to admit my enthusiasm dipped for MINES during the eighth and ninth chapters. I try not to judge a book by 21st century sensibilities but the constant looking down their noses at the “savages” and killing animals for the hell of it doesn’t make for the most enjoyable reading.
However, some fun was had when Allan Quatermain and his troop entered a cave and discovered the corpse of a man who just so happened to be the man whose map they were following. Highly improbable but a nice touch just the same.
My interest has peaked again toward the end of chapter nine with the introduction of "a bald vulture-head witch doctress" who warns King Twala and his people that the white man is no good and shouldn’t be trusted.
What stood out to everyone else? And was I overly critical of these last chapters?
The above drawing by Thure de Thulstrup is of another Quatermain adventure called Maiwa's Revenge: or, The War of the Little Hand.