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When the World Shook H. Rider Haggard

When the World Shook By H. Rider Haggard

When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard

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When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard

If representatives of an advanced civilization were to visit our planet today, would they be impressed or dismayed by the way we live? When three adventurers, Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot, are marooned on a South Sea island, they discover an ancient crystal sepulchre. Inside are two Atlanteans who have been in a state of suspended animation for 250,000 years! One of the awakened sleepers, the haughty Lord Oro, is the last of the Sons of Wisdom, a superior race who'd relied on their advanced technology to subjugate the planet's lesser peoples. The other Atlantean is Oro's daughter, Yva, heiress to the title of Queen of the Earth...who falls in love with Arbuthnot. Using astral projection, Lord Oro visits London and the battlefields of the Western Front. Unimpressed with the state of the world in the early 20th century, he sets out to do what he's apparently done once before -- use a colossal gyroscope to drown the planet, and restart the course of human history. A darkly humorous look at the politics and conflicts of his own era by an author best known for swashbuckling adventure novels (including the hugely popular King Solomon's Mines) set in the context of the Scramble for Africa.

When the World Shook Reviews

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

About H. Rider Haggard

H. Rider Haggard was a popular English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, including King Solomon's Mines (considered one of the first of the Lost World genre) and She. When The World Shook, which features suspended animation and a machine capable of changing the tilt of the earth, is the most science-fictional of his writings. James Parker was born in London in 1968. He is the author of Turned On: A Biography of Henry Rollins and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

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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When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard
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