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Monday, March 19, 2012

She by H. Rider Haggard

by H. Rider Haggard
Originally published 1887
This Edition- Project Gutenberg Public Domain Edition
Read on Ipad Eboks Program

  I've held out on buying a Kindle because I see it as a device to read celebrity biographys and romance novels, but as I found on my wife's Ipad- all of the classics are available in a couple different common Public Domain Formats- Project Gutenberg did this book- An Interesting Narraitve by Equiano- was done by Oxford University.

 These public domain editions are bare bones- no introduction,  no non-textual notes or bibliography or index-  all you get is the book itself in a readable format.  That's fine for ALOT of the "1001 Books To Read Before You Die" list of books.  She by H. Rider Haggard is a good example- his King Solomon's Mine is also on the list, and once you've read on scholarly essay on Haggard and his work, you've read enough.  Haggard was the inventor of the "Lost World" genre, and his books have a breezy, popular feel  that  resembles the pace of modern Airport thrillers.

  In the Ebook format, the Project Gutenberg version of the She text runs about 350 pages- with the Ipad held up right. That's a great deal shorter then most of the books of the 18th century, and many from early in the 19th century.   Haggard was in many ways an early Modern writer, Imperialist/Victorian stylistics aside.

 I probably would have never paid for a paper copy of the book- but for Free? On an Ipad? Shoot- it is an adventure novel- fun stuff.

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