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Book: She

She

By H. Rider Haggard
Published in 2020 by Standard ebooks
Originally published in 1886
Finished reading: September 6th, 2021
Rating: 3 / 5

Description:

A professor is entreated by a dying colleague to take custody of the colleague’s five-year old son, raise him to adulthood, and at that time pass on a chest to him. The professor does so, and when the child reaches adulthood and the chest is revealed, it leads them on an adventure to Africa. There they encounter a young queen of a lost race who says she’s over two thousand years old, with an equally startling claim about the young man.

Review:

An incredible adventure into the mists of 19th century east Africa, she is a mixture of adventure, fantasy, and philosophy. The language can be quite dense at times but always poetic and descriptive. I found myself often wondering where this was all headed, a good sign for a story now almost 135 years old. I enjoyed She more than I thought I would, a nice summer read.

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