When the World Shook

When the World Shook

by H. Rider Haggard


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Three Englishmen, marooned on a mysterious South Sea island, learn of the islanders' powerful god Oro, who has been sleeping for 250,000 years. They manage to wake him, along with his beautiful daughter, who is the spitting image of the hero's dead wife, while he is a ringer for her lost love. Other residents of an ancient Atlantean civilization are also returned to life in this tale of spirit travel, reincarnation, occult powers, teleportation, a subterranean city, the elixir of life, and considerable mythic depth. One of the last novels from the author of King Solomon's Mines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781722028930
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Pages: 668
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 - 14 May 1925), known as H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform throughout the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.

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Think of them! The unmeasured space of blackness threaded by those globes of ghastly incandescence that now hung a while and now shot upwards, downwards, across, apparently without origin or end, like a stream of meteors that had gone mad. Then the travelling mountain, two thousand feet in height, or more, with its enormous saucer-like rim painted round with bands of lurid red and blue, and about its grinding foot the tulip bloom of emitted flame. Then the fierce-faced Oro at his post, his hand upon the rod, waiting, remorseless, to drown half of this great world, with the lovely Yva standing calm-eyed like a saint in hell and watching me above the edge of the shield which such a saint might bear to turn aside the fiery darts of the wicked. And lastly we three men flattened terror-stricken, against the wall.

Nightmare! Imagination! No, these pale before that scene which it was given to our human eyes to witness.

And all the while, bending, bowing towards us — away from us — making obeisance to the path in front as though in greeting, to the path behind as though in farewell; instinct with a horrible life, with a hideous and gigantic grace, that titanic Terror whirled onwards to the mark of fate.

Table of Contents

Chapter I. Arbuthnot Describes Himself

Chapter II. Bastin and Bickley

Chapter III. Natalie

Chapter IV. Death and Departure

Chapter V. The Cyclone

Chapter VI. Land

Chapter VII. The Orofenans

Chapter VIII. Bastin Attempts the Martyr's Crown

Chapter IX. The Island in the Lake

Chapter X. The Dwellers in the Tomb

Chapter XI. Resurrection

Chapter XII. Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Years!

Chapter XIII. Oro Speaks and Bastin Argues

Chapter XIV. The Under-world

Chapter XV. Oro in His House

Chapter XVI. Visions of the Past

Chapter XVII. Yva Explains

Chapter XVIII. The Accident

Chapter XIX. The Proposals of Bastin and Bickley

Chapter XX. Oro and Arbuthnot Travel by Night

Chapter XXI. Love's Eternal Altar

Chapter XXII. The Command

Chapter XXIII. In the Temple of Fate

Chapter XXIV. The Chariot of the Pit

Chapter XXV. Sacrifice

Chapter XXVI. Tommy

Chapter XXVII. Bastin Discovers a Resemblance

NOTE By J. R. Bickley, M.R.C.S.

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If this is pulp fiction it’s high pulp: a Wagnerian opera of an adventure tale, a B-movie humanist apocalypse and chivalric romance. When the World Shookhas it all — English gentlemen of leisure, devastating shipwrecks, volcanic tropical islands inhabited by cannibals, ancient princesses risen from the grave, and if that weren’t enough a friendly, ongoing debate between a godless materialist and a devout Christian. H. Rider Haggard’s rich universe is both profoundly camp and deeply idealistic.—Lydia Millet

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When the World Shook 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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I thought the book was very well written and it told a very good story as well as some thrillers and twists. The author did a very fine job of telling the tale.
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