Allan Quatermain

H. Rider HAGGARD (1856 - 1925)

Allan Quatermain was the quintessential Victorian English gentleman cum African big-game hunter. In this book, the second in the series, Quaterman and his two good friends from KSM have tired of their dull and unfulfilling lives in England, and decide to search for the truth of an old tale about the existence of an isolated white kingdom deep in darkest Africa. Their journey and subsequent adventures are sure to satisfy those who enjoy tales of dangerous quests and heroic just-in-time derring-do.

Allan Quatermain appears in some 15 to 18 stories or books by H. Rider Haggard. (The number varies by source and apparently depends on how one chooses to count the shorter stories.) Haggard suggests that Quatermain was the author of the works, and he (Haggard) only edited and published them. The most famous Quatermain book is the first, King Solomon’s Mines (1885), and the sequel (1887) was Allan Quatermain - in which the main character, shall we say, departs for a better place! All the other Quatermain books – even those whose events occurred earlier in time – seem to have been written after these two main titles.

The internal chronology of Quatermain’s life is a big mess, to be honest. As you study the research and learn of the numerous contradictions of timing of events in the books, you see that conjecture and invention are required to create any kind of internal chronology that makes sense. So my advice is to read (listen to) the books for enjoyment, don’t take notes!, and don’t worry about how one event simply can’t be possible on the apparent date because it conflicts wtih some other event in a different story! Hey! It’s fiction – anything goes!

(Summary by John Nicholson)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 INTRODUCTION John Nicholson
00:19:55
Play 01 THE CONSUL'S YARN John Nicholson
00:35:16
Play 02 THE BLACK HAND John Nicholson
00:25:59
Play 03 THE MISSION STATION John Nicholson
00:29:10
Play 04 ALPHONSE AND HIS ANNETTE John Nicholson
00:26:02
Play 05 UMSLOPOGAAS MAKES A PROMISE John Nicholson
00:38:13
Play 06 THE NIGHT WEARS ON John Nicholson
00:25:30
Play 07 A SLAUGHTER GRIM AND GREAT John Nicholson
00:31:48
Play 08 ALPHONSE EXPLAINS John Nicholson
00:29:19
Play 09 INTO THE UNKNOWN John Nicholson
00:31:44
Play 10 THE ROSE OF FIRE John Nicholson
00:34:39
Play 11 THE FROWNING CITY John Nicholson
00:38:42
Play 12 THE SISTER QUEENS John Nicholson
00:40:03
Play 13 ABOUT THE ZU-VENDI PEOPLE John Nicholson
00:31:12
Play 14 THE FLOWER TEMPLE John Nicholson
00:41:42
Play 15 SORAIS' SONG John Nicholson
00:36:04
Play 16 BEFORE THE STATUE John Nicholson
00:28:24
Play 17 THE STORM BREAKS John Nicholson
00:32:55
Play 18 WAR! RED WAR! John Nicholson
00:40:17
Play 19 A STRANGE WEDDING John Nicholson
00:25:22
Play 20 THE BATTLE OF THE PASS John Nicholson
00:37:48
Play 21 AWAY! AWAY! John Nicholson
00:26:11
Play 22 HOW UMSLOPOGAAS HELD THE STAIR John Nicholson
00:36:39
Play 23 I HAVE SPOKEN John Nicholson
00:23:19
Play 24 BY ANOTHER HAND John Nicholson
00:20:51