"If you write anything that includes action or adventure in English, you write in Haggard's shadow. HRH is grandfather to us all in that respect. One thing to remember is that many modern critics dismiss HRH as racist, sexist and colonialist without ever having read his books. This is nonsense because more often than not, men and women of color perform deeds of heroism and sacrifice right alongside white hunters such as Allan Quatermain. Read the books yourself and make your own decision
One thing I like to point out about HRH is how his experiences in Africa informed his writing. Consider this: HRH knew and hunted with the Zulu princes who commanded the impis at Isandlwana. He not only knew men who fought with spear and shield, he knew men who had commanded armies of such spearmen to victory in battle.
Of how many other fantasy writers can that be said?"
Post by charleshelm on Feb 1, 2019 21:37:55 GMT -5
I went through a set of HRH novels (Quatermain set) a while back and am trying to read a volume with the complete She series. Sadly I don't sleep all that well now and it is affecting my leisure reading...