Allan's Wife

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Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,737 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.6
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 13,402
mnybks.net#: 3096
Origin: gutenberg.org

Elephants, lions, baboons, and other fauna of the African wilds abound on these pages, and we have a Zulu impi and the resulting carnage described with the author's usual vivid power of narration. Our old friend, Allan Quatermain, figures as the hero throughout, and the most substantial part of the volume is occupied with the story of his wooing, and the brief episode of his married life. The romance, however, is subsidiary to the sauce piquante of livelier incidents.

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e had finished he would look out across the cultivated lands where the mission Kaffirs had their huts.

But I knew it was not these he saw, but rather the grey English church, and the graves ranged side by side before the yew near the wicket gate.

It was there on the stoep that he died. He had not been well, and one evening I was talking to him, and his mind went back to Oxfordshire and my mother. He spoke of her a good deal, saying that she had never been out of his mind for a single day during all these years, and that he rejoiced to think he was drawing near that land wither she had gone. Then he asked me if I remembered the night when Squire Carson came into the study at the vicarage, and told him that his wife had run away, and that he was going to change his name and bury himself in some remote land.

I answered that I remembered it perfectly.

"I wonder where he went to," said my father, "and if he and his daughter Stella are still alive. Well, well! I shall never meet them aga

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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.08.12
Marie Bruemmer
*****

I loved this book! He also has more feeling for the South African natives than so many writers in those days. I enjoyed the book enough I will try some of the others in the "Allan Quatermain" series.

2008.08.26
mabjang
*****

this is a touching story of the english young man on his adventure is south africa only to find his love. good one.


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