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She - A History of Adventure

H. Rider Haggard

At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "sounded like some extraordinary invention of a speculative brain." That, precisely, is what She is: a really marvelously inventive story, combining an amazing variety of what should be utterly implausible ideas into a fabric that constantly feels like truth. Even though we know that there was never a diabolical, immortal, fantastically beautiful white queen ruling over a barbarous tribe of cannibals in the heart of what is now Mozambique, it is hard to resist the impulse to pull up the map and muse about where she might have been hidden. As we get to know Her, H. Rider Haggard ensures that the mystery only deepens. We see her dispense cruel swift justice; we see her indulge murderous passion; we see her show superhuman devotion; we see her speak from the wisdom gathered in her twenty centuries of life. We can never be sure just who or what she is. We see Her through the eyes of Haggard's protagonist, Holly, a Cambridge don utterly out of his depth in a wild and savage world, utterly English to the core, which is what sees him through in the end. Bitter, misogynistic, and more than mildly racist, we know he is also a devoted father to his adopted son Leo, who turns out to be the carrier of an incredible fate and an unusually determined survivor. We have no trouble believing in Holly, and thereby we suspend belief and accept his tale. There was a strong streak of racism and anti-Semitism in Victorian England, and Haggard was not proof against it. We have not altered or omitted such passages, but rather have left them as Haggard wrote them. We do well to remember that, just as Haggard fell prey to such thinking from time to time, so too can we, despite all our modern enlightenment. At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "

At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "sounded like some extraordinary invention of a speculative brain." That, precisely, is what She is: a really marvelously inventive story, combining an amazing variety of what should be utterly implausible ideas into a fabric that constantly feels like truth. Even though we know that there was never a diabolical, immortal, fantastically beautiful white queen ruling over a barbarous tribe of cannibals in the heart of what is now Mozambique, it is hard to resist the impulse to pull up the map and muse about where she might have been hidden. As we get to know Her, H. Rider Haggard ensures that the mystery only deepens. We see her dispense cruel swift justice; we see her indulge murderous passion; we see her show superhuman devotion; we see her speak from the wisdom gathered in her twenty centuries of life. We can never be sure just who or what she is. We see Her through the eyes of Haggard's protagonist, Holly, a Cambridge don utterly out of his depth in a wild and savage world, utterly English to the core, which is what sees him through in the end. Bitter, misogynistic, and more than mildly racist, we know he is also a devoted father to his adopted son Leo, who turns out to be the carrier of an incredible fate and an unusually determined survivor. We have no trouble believing in Holly, and thereby we suspend belief and accept his tale. There was a strong streak of racism and anti-Semitism in Victorian England, and Haggard was not proof against it. We have not altered or omitted such passages, but rather have left them as Haggard wrote them. We do well to remember that, just as Haggard fell prey to such thinking from time to time, so too can we, despite all our modern enlightenment. At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "
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Fiction

Description:

At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "sounded like some extraordinary invention of a speculative brain." That, precisely, is what She is: a really marvelously inventive story, combining an amazing variety of what should be utterly implausible ideas into a fabric that constantly feels like truth. Even though we know that there was never a diabolical, immortal, fantastically beautiful white queen ruling over a barbarous tribe of cannibals in the heart of what is now Mozambique, it is hard to resist the impulse to pull up the map and muse about where she might have been hidden. As we get to know Her, H. Rider Haggard ensures that the mystery only deepens. We see her dispense cruel swift justice; we see her indulge murderous passion; we see her show superhuman devotion; we see her speak from the wisdom gathered in her twenty centuries of life. We can never be sure just who or what she is. We see Her through the eyes of Haggard's protagonist, Holly, a Cambridge don utterly out of his depth in a wild and savage world, utterly English to the core, which is what sees him through in the end. Bitter, misogynistic, and more than mildly racist, we know he is also a devoted father to his adopted son Leo, who turns out to be the carrier of an incredible fate and an unusually determined survivor. We have no trouble believing in Holly, and thereby we suspend belief and accept his tale. There was a strong streak of racism and anti-Semitism in Victorian England, and Haggard was not proof against it. We have not altered or omitted such passages, but rather have left them as Haggard wrote them. We do well to remember that, just as Haggard fell prey to such thinking from time to time, so too can we, despite all our modern enlightenment. At one point in his moody, erotic, and barbarous romance of She, H. Rider Haggard puts into the mouth of his narrator, Horace L. Holly, the observation that her story "

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

12h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:04


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:16


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:00


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:28


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:13


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:12


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:02


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:17


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:44


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:00


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:50


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:01


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:57


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:43


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:23


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:16


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:18


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:32


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:44


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:25


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:39


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:29


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:52


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:44


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:25


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:12


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:46


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:08


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:51


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:26


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:34


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:42


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:44


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:42


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:10


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:07


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:22


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:03


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:37


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:07


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:46


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:43


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:09


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:04


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:04


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:01


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:25


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:58


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:52


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:31


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:58


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

01:53


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:35


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:50


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:14


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:19


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:02


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:26


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:35


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:44


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:31


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:25


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:51


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:59


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:56


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:34


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:22


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:54


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:51


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:07


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:13


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:03


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:01


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:15


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:22