"Touted by it's 1885 publisher as 'the most amazing story ever written,' King Solomon's Mines was one of the bestselling novels of the 19th century. Still being made into movies, the Allen Quartermain character is much like Indiana Jones for his day. Set in Africa, it also brings us a "vivid portait of the allances & battles of white colonials and African tribesmen," that we still see going on today in some places. This novel, "bring us the world of extremes, of the absurdly tall tales & the illogical loyalty between disparate peple that still informs this part of the world.', state Alexander Fuller who wrote the introduction to this volumn. She also spent time in Africa: in Zimbawe, Malawi, & Zambia.
This book was written in 1885, and is a product of its time. It is a classic by a man who wrote this book after returning from Africa. I read it in one of my classes. It is an adventure story, about the first white men to set foot in an African village. Some of the content may seem a little offensive to modern readers....but like I said, it is a product of its time, just like "Huckleberry Finn" contained racist language but was worth reading aside from that, as a classic, this book is very much worth reading too.