Book Review: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
“Why, what’s to fear?” he said. “It’s a Christian country, this, and Christian men do not make war upon the wounded, nor upon those who harbour them.” He still had, you see, illusions about Christians.
Enjoyable old-fashioned sea opera. Better, if more simply, developed than many more modern adventure novels. Written in 1922, Captain Blood spawned a generation of swashbuckling copies and movies.
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Book Review: Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard
“A hundred thousand spears shall sparkle in my train like star glimmering down.”
A lost world adventure. Later nineteenth century equivalent of contemporary science-fiction, fantasy adventure story. In 1887 it was plausible that a country “the size of France” could be hidden—and isolated—in central Africa, but then we accepted that Asia could hide a mythical Himalayan utopia in 1933.
“I say that as the savage is, so is the white man, only the latter is more inventive, and possesses the faculty of combination; save and except also that the savage, as I have known him, is to a large extent free from the greed of money, which eats like a cancer into the heart of the white man.”
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