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King ​Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard – Allan Quatermain 1.

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An amazing adventure set in Africa, against the backdrop of endless deserts and snowy mountains, Kings Solomon’s Mines follows Allan Quartermain, in his quest to find his missing brother and unearth the fabled treasure of the biblical King’s mines.

Along the way, Allan and his companions are caught up in a tribal war and face fearful hardships, culminating in a final confrontation with the evil witch Gagool.”

Excerpt from the book:

“You cannot answer me; you know not. Listen, I will answer. Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a stormdriven bird at night we fly out of the Nowhere; for a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and, lo! we are gone again into the Nowhere. Life is nothing. Life is all. It is the Hand with which we hold off Death. It is the glow-worm that shines in the night-time and is black in the morning; it is the white breath of the oxen in winter; it is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself at sunset.”
“You are a strange man,” said Sir Henry, when he had ceased.
Umbopa laughed. “It seems to me that we are much alike, Incubu. Perhaps I seek a brother over the mountains.”
I looked at him suspiciously. “What dost thou mean?” I asked; “what dost thou know of those mountains?”
“A little; a very little. There is a strange land yonder, a land of witchcraft and beautiful things; a land of brave people, and of trees, and streams, and snowy peaks, and of a great white road. I have heard of it. But what is the good of talking? It grows dark. Those who live to see will see.”

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