9780140437638

She (Penguin Classics)

Haggard, H. Rider

ISBN 10: 0140437630 / 0-14-043763-0
ISBN 13: 9780140437638
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
"She" is Ayesha, the mysterious white queen of a Central African Tribe-and the goal of three English gentlemen, who must face shipwreck, fever, and cannibals in their quest to find her hidden realm. First published in 1887, She has enthralled the imaginations of many-from Freud, who prescribed the book to one of his patients, to the generations of readers, who remain fascinated by the book's revealing and fantastic representations of dangerous women, adventuring men, and unexplored Africa.

Available for the first time from Penguin Classics, this edition of one of the most famous works of popular literature includes a critical introduction, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes.

Edited by Patrick Brantlinger.

Review:
Ayesha is She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, a 2,000-year-old queen who rules a fabled lost city deep in a maze of African caverns. She has the occult wisdom of Isis, the eternal youth and beauty of Aphrodite, and the violent appetite of a lamia. Like A. Conan Doyle's Lost World, She is one of those magnificent Victorian yarns about an expedition to a far-off locale shadowed by magic, mystery, and death.

Tim Stout writes, in Horror: 100 Best Books, "As the plot takes hold one has the fancy that [Ayesha] had always existed, in some dark dimension of the imagination, and that [H. Rider] Haggard was the fortunate author to whom she chose to reveal herself." Haggard did, in fact, write this book in a six-week burst of feverish inspiration: "It came faster than my poor aching hand could set it down," he later said.

This edition of the 1887 classic features an introductory essay by literary critic Regina Barreca, who likens Ayesha to Flaubert's Madame Bovary or Tolstoy's Anna Karenina--"literally fantastic female figures who must be stopped before they love again."

Review

Review:
First published in 1886-87, H. Rider Haggard’s imperial romance follows its English heroes from the quiet rooms of Cambridge to the uncharted interior of Africa in search of a legendary lost city with an ageless white queen. The two men find their way to the ancient city of Kôr, where the beautiful and mysterious Ayesha, “She-who-must-be-obeyed,” rules. Despite her cruelty, both men become fascinated by Ayesha, who leads them on a harrowing journey to bathe in the underground “River of Life.” A thrilling "history of adventure," She also reveals the complexity of Victorian attitudes towards race, gender, exploration, and empire. This Broadview edition presents the novel in its original illustrated Graphic magazine version, never before republished, and includes a critical introduction and supporting materials that demonstrate the novel's relationship to late-Victorian issues such as imperialism, archaeology, race, evolution, and the rise of the "New Woman."

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Drawing on his fascination with African lore and his love of adventure to create a seminal work of fantasy, H. Rider Haggard s She is edited with an introduction by Patrick Brantlinger in Penguin Classics . On his twenty-fifth birthday, Leo Vincey opens the silver casket that his father has left to him. It contains a letter recounting the legend of a white sorceress who rules an African tribe and of his father s quest to find this remote race. To find out for himself if the story is true, Leo and his companions set sail for Zanzibar. There, he is brought face to face with Ayesha, She-who-must-be-obeyed: dictator, femme fatale, tyrant and beauty. She has been waiting for centuries for the true descendant of Kallikrates, her murdered lover, to arrive, and arrive he does - in an unexpected form. Blending breathtaking adventure with a brooding sense of mystery and menace, She is a story of romance, exploration discovery and heroism that has lost none of its power to enthral. Patrick Brantlinger s introduction discusses H. Rider Haggard s experience of Empire, and how he took the Africa of fantasies and wove its magic into She . This edition also includes further reading and explanatory notes. Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was born in Bradenham, Norfolk, the sixth son of a lawyer. In 1875 his father procured for him the post of junior secretary to the Governor of Natal; spending six years in South Africa, he remained fascinated by the country s landscape, wildlife and tribal societies for the rest of his life. Haggard s first novel King Solomon s Mines was published in 1885, shortly after had passed the bar, proving so successful that he was able to move back to Norfolk to concentrate on his writing. If you enjoyed She , you might like John Buchan s The Thirty-Nine Steps , also available in Penguin Classics . It is full of hidden meaning.the eternal feminine, the immortality of our emotions . (Sigmund Freud). Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780140437638

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