Greetings! It’s the first Thursday of our Easter Holidays and that means we finally have time again for Throwback Thursday. Or at least our version of it. We don’t quite play by Davida’s rules, but she is luckily very accommodating and doesn’t mind at all that we spin her spin.
There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but we still like Davida’s idea the most:
- The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.
- Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.
- Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
Audio book listened to between May 20 – May 26, 2016 (Listened to a few chapters again 25 June 2020)
Librivox recording by John Nicholson (I still vote for Sean Connery to do this reading)
Goodreads: H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds.
Just look at all this useless info we came up with regarding our lead character in King Solomon’s Mines, Alan Quarterain:
- Alan Quartermain was born in 1817
- Physically he was small, wiry, unattractive, with a beard and short hair that sticks up. (So very, very unattractive as you can see)
- He was married twice, but widowed quickly in both instances. No, we are not jumping to any conclusions considering the sudden passing of two wives.
- He lived in Durban, Natal, South Africa
- He was a professional big game hunter and occasional trader. Yes, he did have access to guns. Big ones. But still, we are not jumping to any conclusions regarding his wives.
- He had one recorded son, Harry, who died of smallbox while working as a medical student.
- He had a speculated daughter who married a relation of Sherlock Holmes
- The product of the above mentioned relationship was none other than Indiana Jones’ father,
Henry Jones Sr. (It might just be me, but I can definitely see a strong family resemblance)
- We meet him for the first time in King Solomon’s mines when he was 55.Alan Quartermain died on 18 June 1885
- When was this review first published? – 26 May 2016 and re-published on 26 June 2020. That was before we knew about Throwback Thursday.
- Did you have any idea what you were doing? – Obviously not! I still need to find out how to review an audio book properly.
- Will you re-write this review? – Good grief, no. I would never be able to be so ridiculously creative again. And by ridiculously, I literally mean ridiculous.
- Did you tweak this review? – A bit yes. Could have done more, I guess. But let’s leave it as is.
- Will you re-read the book? – I already did!
- Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! If you want to know more about South African culture, humor and especially our delicious food, read this.
Meet The Saving Graces, Four Of The Best Friends A Woman Can Ever Have.
For ten years, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel have shared a deep affection that has helped them deal with the ebb and flow of expectations and disappointments common to us all. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, the quartet is united by understanding, honesty, and acceptance — a connection that has grown stronger as the years go by…
Though these sisters of the heart and soul have seen it all, talked through it all, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel will not be prepared for a crisis of astounding proportions that will put their love and courage to the ultimate test.